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Global Lateral Conflicts Specialist

Company: Dentons
Location: Washington
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

About the opportunity

Dentons is currently recruiting for a Global Lateral Conflicts Specialist who will be responsible for assisting with the review, identification and resolution of potential conflicts issues with respect to lateral candidates and firm growth opportunities and to ensure compliance with ethical compliance with ethical professional rules of responsibility and risk. The successful candidate will have particular responsibility for assisting with conflicts checking firm growth initiatives across various jurisdictions, identifying and resolving legal and business conflicts, and working on all relevant integration activity

The Global Lateral Conflicts Specialist will work closely with members of the Global Lateral Conflicts department.

Why Dentons is different

The legal profession is changing rapidly and Dentons is leading the way in advancing change for the benefit of clients. We are driven to challenge the status quo, delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value to our clients in new and innovative ways. With over 17,000 individuals in more than 179 offices the opportunity is huge.

Dentons continues to receive external awards and recognition, including for our continued international expansion over the last 12 months; for ground-breaking innovation through the development of Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Global Referral Network; and for success in advising clients across multiple regions. Dentons is also a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index and a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner.


  • Review and provide thorough and timely analysis of all lateral candidates and firm growth opportunities to identify legal and business conflicts of interest.
  • The Global Lateral Conflicts Specialist will be a part of a team responsible for identifying and resolving conflicts of interest during the lateral hiring process, presenting any conflicts to the sponsoring partner and Legal recruiting, and working to resolve ethical conflicts and business relationship issues.
  • Utilize available internal and external databases, communication with Partners, other lawyers, Legal Recruiting, Human Resources and other resources to follow up on and resolve all potential conflicts of interest.
  • Prepares and distributes a conflicts analysis memorandum presenting all outstanding conflicts of interest for each lateral candidate.
  • Organizes and tracks progress of lateral candidates through the clearance process.
  • The Global Lateral Conflicts Specialist will be responsible for reviewing conflict reports and communicating with lawyers and staff as necessary
  • Reviews and analyzes conflict search results for lateral associates, counsel, summer associates, paralegals and other positions.
  • Implements ethical screens and conflict alert notices.
  • Proactively communicate with department leadership on complex conflicts questions and other compliance issues
  • Responsible for the review of conflicts checks in different jurisdictions, applying applicable local rules of professional responsibility as well as Firm Policies and Procedures.
  • Undertake various related special projects as required
  • Other duties as may be assigned to fully meet the requirements of the position.

    About You

    • Business international level of English - both written and oral;
    • Highly collaborative and able to work in a global environment, accommodating the different time zones.
    • Particularly strong written communication skills;
    • Particularly strong organizational skills; Significant experience and a proven track record in/as:
      • Be a team player, able to work effectively at all levels of an organization with the ability to influence others to move toward consensus;
      • Understanding and experience of business continuity requirements and implementations
      • Drive out decisions and recommendations;
      • Independent, pro-active way of working.
      • Able to demonstrate excellent customer/client facing skills;
      • Able to effectively negotiate with and influence colleagues and others to achieve a successful outcome;
      • Strong problem solving and analytical skills; can clearly explain and present problems and issues to others and contribute to their resolution;
      • Can demonstrate initiative and the ability to be proactive, anticipating needs;
      • Has commercial awareness and understands the business value required from IT investments;
      • Able to make decisions and remain calm while under pressure;
      • Methodical approach to work with a strong focus on accuracy, attention to details, consistency and quality.
      • Able to work under pressure to tight project deadlines and can adapt to differing demands, prioritizing tasks where appropriate and ensuring complete 'follow through' on operational issues;
      • Demonstrated ability to make recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues by using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulation or government law
      • Strong legal research skills
      • Can carry out all responsibilities in a way that supports the practices values and promotes its equal opportunities and diversity principles
        You will possess:
        • Adept in responding to challenges and issues as they arise;
        • Able to thrive working under pressure, and be able to multi-task;
        • Extensive experience of working with layers of engagement and approval;
        • Impeccable attention to detail and ability to work with a wide variety of people and projects in a collective and collaborative manner.
        • Stay current with recent research and thinking on ethics and conflicts best practices and rules across jurisdictions in which the firm has offices. Maintain a sophisticated, relevant base of knowledge in these areas
        • Knowledge of Intapp conflict checking, ethical wall and business intake software a plus

          Essential Qualifications / Experience
          • Prior experience working with law firms or corporate legal departments
          • Prior experience analyzing and resolving conflicts of interest specifically for lateral hires is desirable
          • Experience with conflicts analysis strongly preferred but not required.

            Diversity & Inclusion

            Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of

            backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

            We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved.

            Equal Opportunities

            Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all.

            Reward and Recognition
            Remuneration and benefits package will reflect the successful candidates experience and country where hired.

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