Paralegal - Proceeds of Crime

Job Description

Job description – Proceeds of Crime (“POC”) Paralegal
Salary - London - £45,100 - £66,000
The team
The Legal Division together with Enforcement & Market Oversight (EMO) is responsible for the FCA's responsibilities for market monitoring, delivery of the functions of the UK Listing Authority (UKLA) and the investigation and prosecution of misconduct pursuing and remedying misconduct using the whole spectrum of criminal, civil and administrative sanctions and remedies against firms and individuals. The division aims to:
  • Be a world leading function, with professional and motivated staff, taking the right cases that have a positive impact on the way financial services work
  • Promote the conduct that supports trusted, orderly and efficient primary and secondary markets
Enforcement conducts forensic investigations into suspected misconduct and, where appropriate, pursues and remedies misconduct by firms and individuals through criminal, civil and administrative sanctions and orders including:
  • Bringing criminal prosecutions and seeking penalties to deter misconduct
  • Applying for civil orders to provide an appropriate degree of protection for consumers
  • Requiring compensation to redress the consequences of misconduct, where appropriate
The Criminal Prosecutions Team, housed within the Legal Division, provides advice and conducts litigation in respect of criminal investigations and prosecutions. Within the Criminal Prosecutions Team there is a cadre of lawyers (the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers) who provide legal and strategic advice and conduct civil and criminal litigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and associated legislation. Whilst most of these cases are linked to the criminal investigations/ proceedings, some are “stand alone” civil investigations and proceedings.
What will you be doing
Working with the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers you will provide paralegal support across all aspects of our work under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and associated legislation, including applications for investigatory orders, restraint and confiscation orders, civil recovery, enforcement, and ancillary proceedings such as committals to prison for contempt of court etc. As a POC Paralegal you will, for example:
  • Provide paralegal assistance to the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers in conducting civil and criminal litigation before a variety of courts, including the Crown Court, High Court and Court of Appeal
  • Assist with the conduct of litigation, including by drafting routine correspondence, undertaking ad hoc legal research, preparing court bundles, attending court and preparing accurate and concise attendance notes
  • Liaise with external stakeholders such as the courts and counsel as well as applying to register / remove property restrictions held at HM Land Registry
  • Assist in the internal management and record keeping of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers, including by preparing key points from internal meetings and monitoring less active cases
  • Maintain and promote effective working relationships with colleagues in other business areas (for example the Accredited Financial Investigators)
What you will get from the role
Working with the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers within the Criminal Prosecutions team, you will benefit from:
  • Exposure to interesting and high-profile cases
  • Being part of a collegiate and talented team of proceeds of crime lawyers
  • Liaising and collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams as well as various stakeholders, both internal and external
  • Access to excellent training
As an Academy business we place great value on your learning and we offer world-class development opportunities which will assist you in achieving your career aspirations. Our Academy offers you a range of opportunities for personal and professional development, including our MSC in financial regulation, Advanced Managers programme and sponsored study.
Our competitive flexible benefits scheme gives you the opportunity to create a personalised benefits package, tailored to suit your lifecycle. You can use this allowance to purchase additional benefits such as dental or cycle to work or you have the option top up your base salary by taking this as cash.
Core benefits that you will receive as standard are:
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Private healthcare with Bupa
  • A non-contributory Pension of at least 8% of basic salary each month (there are several contribution levels that increase depending on your age – up to 12% a month once you reach age 35).
  • Life assurance of eight times your basic salary
  • Income protection
We support hybrid working which means you will be able to work from home up to 60% of the time over a month with the remainder of your time in one of our three office locations.
The skills and experience you will have
Minimum criteria
We're a signatory to the Government's Disability Confident scheme. This means that we guarantee an interview to any disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role.
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Experience of communicating with internal and external stakeholders, such as courts, defence and counsel
  • Professional experience in legal support role
Essential criteria
  • A “can do” and proactive approach
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Some professional or academic background in law
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Some legal research skills
Desirable criteria
  • Some knowledge of the criminal law and/ or the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, either from academic study or working for the prosecution or defence
  • Excel and Adobe skills
  • Familiarity with other FCA system
About the FCA
The FCA regulates the conduct of 50,000 firms in the UK to ensure our financial markets are honest, fair and competitive. We do this to make sure markets work well for individuals, businesses and the economy as a whole. For more information on what we do, our three-year strategy can be found
here.

The FCA's Values & Diversity
Our ambition is to cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences and similarities enable us to be a better organisation – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation, and delivers better regulation.

We particularly welcome applications from women, disabled, and minority ethnic candidates, as under-represented groups.

Flexible working
We welcome applications from candidates who are looking for flexible arrangements. Many of our staff work flexibly including working part-time, staggered hours, and job shares. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want but we won’t judge you for asking.
Useful information
  • This role is graded at Associate - Level 9
  • This role will be based at 12 Endeavor Square, The International Quarter, Stratford
  • This role will close at 23:59 on the 4th September 2023
Got a question?
If you are interested learning more about the role, please contact Katie Ayling at [email protected]
Process:
  • Stage 1: On-line application, please submit your CV
  • Stage 2: Screening - your application will then be forwarded to the recruiting managers
  • Stage 3: Successful candidates will be invited to attend a competency-based interview
  • Please note that the above process is subject to change

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