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Litigation Manager and Counsel

Employer
American Express
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
23 May 2022

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Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Do the right thing for our customers, our company and your career.

We are looking for an experienced litigation lawyer for the role of Counsel and Manager. You will be responsible for managing your own portfolio of matters varying from litigation to advisory matters, as well as managing more junior lawyers in the team. You will also provide legal advice and support to Amex businesses and management throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa ("EMEA") region in connection with a broad range of contentious issues.

The matters advised upon will be of varying significance and complexity and will include civil/commercial litigation as well as contentious financial regulatory issues.

In this role you will report to the Lead - EMEA Litigation & Investigations based at Belgrave House in London, and will play an integral part of the legal team who sit within the General Counsel's Office and provide support and advice across the full range of Amex's businesses in the region, with emphasis on the UK. You will play a key role as trusted advisor in the GCO and business teams.

Key Responsibilities:

The work involved and related responsibilities will typically include the following:
  • Advising on disputes/potential disputes across all business units within the company
  • Managing the conduct of legal proceedings, to include managing litigation in-house, as well as the selection and instruction of local external counsel and the ongoing management of related legal costs.
  • Advising in relation fraud-related, anti-money laundering, bribery and other investigations, sometimes of a regulatory nature
  • Leading or participating to project across legal and/or business team
  • Delivering trainings to upskill colleagues/ rise awareness on specific topics.
  • Advising upon the nature and effect of Court Orders received in connection with customers and clients (e.g. freezing orders; third party debt orders; insolvency-related court procedure etc).
  • Advising on financial recovery issues, including those arising out of domestic and cross-border insolvencies in both the consumer and merchant context.
  • Working with local internal country lawyers throughout the region
  • Assisting in maintaining litigation reporting database for the preparation of reports and in order to comply with regulatory requirements
  • Assisting in building processes which enable more efficient and accurate tracking and better management of litigation and outside counsel budgets throughout the region
  • Managing internal financial accounting processes including litigation reserve setting and liaising with Controllership and internal auditors.
Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Amex Flex

At American Express, we know that with the right backing, people and businesses have the power to progress in incredible ways. Whether we're supporting our customers' financial confidence to move ahead, taking commerce to new heights, or encouraging people to explore the world, our colleagues are constantly redefining what's possible - and we're proud to back each other every step of the way.

When you join #TeamAmex, you become part of a diverse community of over 60,000 colleagues, all with a common goal to deliver an exceptional customer experience every day. We back our colleagues with the support they need to thrive, professionally and personally. That's why we have Amex Flex, our enterprise working model that provides greater flexibility to colleagues while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite, in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days) or fully virtually.

Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Amex Flex

At American Express, we know that with the right backing, people and businesses have the power to progress in incredible ways. Whether we're supporting our customers' financial confidence to move ahead, taking commerce to new heights, or encouraging people to explore the world, our colleagues are constantly redefining what's possible - and we're proud to back each other every step of the way.

When you join #TeamAmex, you become part of a diverse community of over 60,000 colleagues, all with a common goal to deliver an exceptional customer experience every day. We back our colleagues with the support they need to thrive, professionally and personally. That's why we have Amex Flex, our enterprise working model that provides greater flexibility to colleagues while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite, in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days) or fully virtually.

Qualifications:
  • Candidates must be qualified a 5-6PQE Solicitor or Barristers in the United Kingdom with experience in Civil law, finance and litigation. Experience in insolvency not necessary but would be a plus.
  • Experience of the English legal system and civil litigation process essential
  • Experience of drafting pleadings, witness statements, and instructing barristers
  • Relevant experience should have been obtained either in private practice or in-house with another significant financial institution.
  • Experience of managing foreign lawyers, where cases span a number of jurisdictions would be an advantage.
  • Experience of managing junior lawyers or paralegals desirable
  • Experience of managing/conducting substantial litigation (as a team leader or member) and experience of running case-load of smaller cases, and managing the strategy of specific case portfolios, would also be advantageous.
  • Experience of conducting regulatory investigations desirable
Exceptional candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered for the role provided they have the necessary skills and experience.

Skills:
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is essential.
  • Familiarity with other European languages an advantage, but not a pre-requisite.
  • Basic IT / computer skills a requirement (Word, Outlook etc)
  • Commercial Acumen, team spirit, initiative/proactiveness but at the same time ability to follow instructions are key to this role
Competencies:
  • Flexibility - there is a broad range of work. The successful candidate will be involved in work at all levels and should be prepared to 'roll up his/her sleeves'.
  • Resourcefulness and commercial awareness - ability to respond to business issues often under critical time pressure.
  • Communication skills - ability to relay precise information orally and in writing in a concise manner.
  • Ability to work independently - to include preparedness to take the lead in making appropriate recommendations
  • Client Focus - ability to deliver high levels of client service, including to non-litigation lawyers.
  • Team approach ability to promote collaboration within own peer group and throughout the organisation
  • Good people management skills - ability to nurture talent and further development of more junior members of the team.
  • Intellectual strength and sound judgment - ability to distil information rapidly in order to identify and advise upon key legal and business issues; ability to identify when to escalate issues to line manager.
Why American Express?

There's a difference between having a job and making a difference.

Amex have been making a difference in people's lives for over 160 years, backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards.

We've also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to spend with their family or community. And when they're ready to take on a new career path, we're right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the best future they envision.

Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.

The powerful backing of American Express.

Don't make a difference without it.

Don't live life without it.

To complete your application please click on the links below. However, if you require any assistance with the completion of this process - or need any reasonable adjustments to be made - then please contact the Recruitment Team on recruitment.support.uk@aexp.com .
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