New ARDL Committee & dates for the diary

At the AGM in April, Iain Miller stepped down as Chair. Paul Ozin QC was elected as the new Chair and Rachel Birks as the new Vice-Chair. Fiona Muirs and Sam Thomas join the Committee as new members. John Lucarotti and Vikram Sachdeva QC stepped down from the Committee.

The Committee wishes to express its gratitude to Iain for his tremendous work as ARDL’s chair and to John and Vikram for their enormous contributions to the work of the Committee.

A full list of Committee members can be found here.

The newly refreshed Committee aims, in these challenging times, to build on the achievements of its predecessors in maintaining and developing ARDL’s seminar programme and publications and, when it is safe to do so, restoring ARDL’s annual unsurpassed dinner.

Dates to note for the diary (with further details to follow in due course):

  • ARDL’s One Day Conference. Postponed to 22 January 2021.
  • ARDL’s Annual Dinner. Postponed to 26 February 2021.

Recruitment: The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – Senior Legal Adviser

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is looking for a Senior Legal Adviser to be based in either their Birmingham or London office.

What’s in it for me

  • Showcase your legal expertise giving high quality legal and regulatory advice across operational units.
  • Opportunity to be part of a fast-moving team who are at the cutting edge of legal regulation
  • Represent the SRA in a public arena at a high level
  • Be responsible for running high profile and complex prosecutions before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Mentor and coach team members, encouraging a high-performance culture

The role

As a Senior Legal Adviser (as you will be known internally), you will be working within the Legal and Enforcement department, providing high quality legal and regulatory advice. You will support investigations at an early stage and develop and deliver case theory and strategy in complex and/or multiple cases.

You may also work closely with our external lawyers to obtain high quality advice at an appropriate cost.

Using your experience of mentoring and coaching you will help to develop and support team members to make sure that our Enforcement Strategy is applied to disciplinary proceedings in a consistent and proportionate way.

With previous practical experience of complex case analysis, you will utilise your strong case management skills and extensive knowledge of law, framework and rules within the regulation to lead and deliver solutions successfully. You will also have previous experience of advocacy in courts or tribunals preferably in a regulatory setting.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who is proactive, has a high attention to detail and can demonstrate a track record of delivering quality results.

What we are looking for

  • A Solicitor or Barrister, with experience of conducting substantial litigation
  • Experience of complex case analysis and legal drafting
  • A strong communicator at all levels with the ability to work at pace
  • Resilience, to deliver quality results in a timely manner.

The role holder may be based in either our London or Birmingham offices and will be expected to travel between the two locations. If you are London based, we would expect that you will travel to Birmingham twice a week on average.

We are supportive of helping you achieve a balance between your personal and professional life and are happy to discuss scope for flexible working arrangements prior to interview, including providing examples of potential working patterns. If you would like to discuss the role, our culture or scope to work flexibly, we can arrange for this to happen – contact us to arrange a chat, in confidence at recruitment@sra.org.uk

Birmingham based salary range is £44,933 – £52,862 per annum and London based salary range is £50,694 – £59,640 per annum, based on skills and experience. We provide an attractive pension scheme and comprehensive benefits.

Our deadline for applications is Sunday 31 May. Interviews are envisaged to take place week of 8 June. In current circumstances, interviews and assessments are most likely to take place remotely via Skype. Our team will discuss arrangements in due course if you are to be shortlisted.

Next Steps:

If you are interested, please visit our Jobs page for more information on the role and to submit your application online: https://sra.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-2/brand-4/xf-741e36b168c4/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/2748-Senior-Regulatory-Lawyer/en-GB

ARDL Webinar: Global Financial Services Regulation: views from the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Mauritius

Speakers: Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission; Nirupa Narayen-Couacaud, General Counsel Financial Services Commission, Mauritius; Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. (Please note Nirupa Narayen-Couacaud replaces previous speaker Francesca Harte)

Chair: Paul Ozin QC

Date: Tuesday 19 May 2020

Seminar Start Time: 18:00

This seminar, will take place remotely on an appropriate platform. Those signing up will be provided with a link in advance of the seminar. Please note that the seminar is open to members only and you are asked to confirm that you are a member before joining the event.

The ARDL membership page is https://www.ardl.org.uk/membership/

Overview:

This remote seminar will address:

  • The risk-based approach toanti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) assessments, taking account of recent guidance promulgated by the Financial Action Task Force.
  • The related issue of the impact of the global COVID-19 health crisis.

Speakers:

Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Charisma was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia. She has worked in Guernsey since 2008 and was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2012. She has worked as a taxation specialist and in private practice, gaining a diverse range of corporate and commercial experience, including with investment funds, private equity, securities and regulatory work. She joined the Commission in 2011. She is a member of the Bailiwick’s Medical Registration Panel and an Adjunct Lecturer for the Guernsey Bar Course.

Nirupa Narayen-Couacaud. Nirupa is the first General Counsel to be appointed to the Financial Services Commission, Mauritius. Previously, she held key positions internationally and, in particular, in the United Kingdom (UK) in the legal and regulatory fields prior to joining the FSC. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. She has been admitted to the Bar of Mauritius and to the Bar of England and Wales since 2001. She also holds a Masters in International Law from the University of Bristol and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2011. She was the first female member of the Risk Committee of a UK international law firm. She received an award for excellence for her contribution to the Brexit impact on the business and for leading the risk due diligence exercise on the combination with a Singapore law firm. She was appointed as deputy MLRO during her tenure at Eversheds Sutherlands. She was a mentor in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and was also a mentor in the Law Society of England and Wales in the Stephen Lawrence Foundation. Nirupa was a former member of the Attorney-General’s office of Mauritius and has extensive litigation experience, having appeared before the Supreme Court, lower courts and tribunals.

Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Helen was called to the Bar Middle Temple and worked as a lawyer in London before moving to the Cayman Islands over 20 years ago. Since coming to the Cayman Islands she has worked as a trust manager for two international banks with a focus on Latin America and as head of compliance for two local administration companies specialising in fund administration and structured finance. Helen returned to legal practice and was called to the Cayman Bar in 2009. She has been working as legal counsel for the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority since 2011 and is a member of STEP.

Chair:

 Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers) is the Chair of ARDL’s Seminar Committee and ARDL’s Chair. He specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law, civil actions and international work.

 

 

ARDL Webinar: Global Financial Services Regulation: views from the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Mauritius

Speakers: Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission; Francesca Harte, Director, Directorate Enforcement, Financial Services Commission, Mauritius; Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.

Chair: Paul Ozin QC

Date: Tuesday 19 May 2020

Seminar Start Time: 18:00

This seminar, will take place remotely on an appropriate platform. Those signing up will be provided with a link in advance of the seminar. Please note that the seminar is open to members only and you are asked to confirm that you are a member before joining the event.

The ARDL membership page is https://www.ardl.org.uk/membership/

 Overview:

This remote seminar will address:

  • The risk-based approach to anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) assessments, taking account of recent guidance promulgated by the Financial Action Task Force.
  • The related issue of the impact of the global COVID-19 health crisis.

Speakers:

Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Charisma was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia. She has worked in Guernsey since 2008 and was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2012. She has worked as a taxation specialist and in private practice, gaining a diverse range of corporate and commercial experience, including with investment funds, private equity, securities and regulatory work. She joined the Commission in 2011. She is a member of the Bailiwick’s Medical Registration Panel and an Adjunct Lecturer for the Guernsey Bar Course.

Francesca Harte, Director, Directorate Enforcement, Financial Services Commission, Mauritius. Francesca was called to the Bar of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1999. She worked in the Financial Conduct Authority, United Kingdom in its Enforcement and Financial Crime Division and latterly in the Business Department of the Enforcement and Market Oversight Division, where she led multiple investigations relating to regulatory breaches including money laundering and fraud. As a seconded Advanced Associate to the Conduct Risk Division of the FSA (predecessor of the FCA) she advised and supported projects on current and emerging risks in the structured product design and development and financial promotions space.

Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Helen was called to the Bar Middle Temple and worked as a lawyer in London before moving to the Cayman Islands over 20 years ago. Since coming to the Cayman Islands she has worked as a trust manager for two international banks with a focus on Latin America and as head of compliance for two local administration companies specialising in fund administration and structured finance. Helen returned to legal practice and was called to the Cayman Bar in 2009. She has been working as legal counsel for the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority since 2011 and is a member of STEP.

 Chair:

 Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers) is the Chair of ARDL’s Seminar Committee and ARDL’s Vice-Chair. He specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law, civil actions and international work.