Conflicts Analyst at Baker & McKenzie

Description

The Analyst, Conflicts Management will assist in providing an efficient and effective service to the Firm's Partners and offices in identifying and analysing potential conflicts of interest.
NBI is responsible for the Firm's Business Intake process - the registration of incoming new clients and new matters across all offices globally. The department assists Partners in complying with ethical and legal duties to avoid conflicts of interest and in meeting professional responsibility obligations. NBI currently operates in three locations globally: Chicago, Manila and Belfast.
Conflict management support is provided through the running of conflicts of interest checks on all parties involved in new matters upon registration. This entails liaising with Partners and offices to ensure that all conflicts of interest have been sufficiently analysed and resolved, and that all proper conflict clearance documentation is attached to the record when possible conflicts have been identified.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide all aspects of support to the Firm, Partners and offices with regard to conflicts management
  • Assist and review all information submitted on Conflicts Management Requests (CMRs) for accuracy and completeness, ensuring that all required information has been provided and is accurate
  • Identify and analyse all potential conflicts of interest and propose concise resolutions to Firm Attorneys in order to clear these conflicts in accordance with professional responsibility obligations and Firm policy
  • Advance the clearance of conflicts of interest by directly communicating with Firm Partners
  • Obtain waiver letters from Partners and clients when made necessary by jurisdictional guidelines, in order to facilitate New Business Intake (NBI) while protecting client relationships and the Firm's business interests
  • Maintain detailed records on all aspects of the conflicts management process for internal documentation and audit purposes
  • Adhere to all Firm policies regarding conflicts of interest and escalate issues to Management and the Director of Responsibility, when appropriate
  • Process CMRs within the agreed Service Level Agreement
  • Engage and collaborate with team members through the presentation of ideas and recommendations regarding best practice, continuous improvement, departmental processes, policies and procedures
  • Provide support and assistance on important team projects and initiatives, when required

Skills and Experience:

  • Law graduate (2:1 or above or local equivalent) or a post-graduate qualification in law
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel and online research tools
  • Ability to make effective, accurate decisions, judgement calls and reliable recommendations with support from team members and Management, where necessary
  • Professionalism and the ability to influence in a positive manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a positive customer service oriented attitude
  • Ability to engage and collaborate with team members locally and across other Centers
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to work well under pressure, manage workloads, meet deadlines and prioritize efficiently
  • Ability to leverage consultant resources and utilize information appropriately
  • Exceptional problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Ability to contribute ideas for process improvements and adapt easily to procedural change
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills demonstrated in interactions with all colleagues throughout the Firm as well as Partners and Management
  • Positivity and the adoption of a solution-based approach in all aspects of work

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