A newly created and exciting Hampshire based role with succession planning to Head of Legal and fantastic flexible working options.
The core elements of the role will be to provide expert senior legal and regulatory support and advice across the Group on regulated contracts, autonomously assisting business colleagues and deputising for the Head of Legal when necessary.
*Autonomously drafting, negotiating and advising on regulated contracts, including high-value and strategically important relationships.
*Providing day to day legal advice and support in relation to new business and product ventures, applying commercial and operational thinking holistically.
*Deputising for the Head of Legal - Financial Services as and when required.
*Acting as a senior member of the Regulatory and broader Legal team by leading on strategic projects, supporting a positive culture and upskilling junior members of the team.
*Supporting day to day management of legal issues in regulated entities.
*Liaising and collaborating with the Group Risk and Compliance team on regulatory matters.
*Gaining and using knowledge of the Group relationships and products/services in advice provided.
*Supporting the development of day to day legal operations, best practice and efficiencies in the Legal function.
*Ensuring that advice and support takes account of the Group obtaining the maximum commercial advantage from its business relationships.
*Keeping ahead of all changes to law that affect the operations and advising on compliance with new and existing legislation.
*Providing ad hoc legal support to other areas of the Group as and when required.
Under the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR), the jobholder must abide by the following conduct rules:
First Tier - Individual Conduct Rules
Rule 1. You must act with integrity
Rule 2. You must act with due care, skill and diligence
Rule 3. You must be open and cooperative with the FCA, the PRA and other regulators
Rule 4. You must pay due regard to the interests of customers and treat them fairly.
Rule 5. You must observe proper standards of market conduct
Capability, Knowledge and Experience:
*Proven track record in advising FCA regulated businesses and in the drafting and negotiation of regulated commercial contracts.
*Expert in the technical aspects of insurance distribution (including PRIN, SYSC, GEN, ICOBS, SUP, DISP, PERG and SMCR).
*Knowledge of insurance underwriting and other regulated financial services products (including consumer credit).
*Potential to develop into a Head of Legal by advising at all levels of the business including at Senior Leadership Team, Executive Committee and regulated Board level.
*Proven ability to engage with stakeholders to successfully achieve outcomes.
*Interested in mentoring and upskilling junior members of the team.
*Experience within the financial services sector gained in-house or within private practice.
Education and Qualifications:
*4+ PQE as a solicitor in England and Wales
*Able to work and act on own initiative and be able to demonstrate an ability to respond positively to new challenges and to develop creative solutions to legal issues.
*Effective time management and prioritisation of work, as well as managing a workload and working effectively under pressure and to deadlines is critical.
*Excellent literacy and reasonable numeracy skills.
*A competent and confident level of understanding and application of standard Microsoft software packages.
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