Compliance Paralegal (Permanent)

Slaughter and May

  • Full Time


Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm, recognised throughout the business community for its exceptional legal service, commercial awareness and commitment to clients. We advise across the spectrum of legal matters including high-profile, ground-breaking and complex transactions, contentious matters and all aspects of risk. We deliver innovative and bespoke solutions to our clients, domestically and internationally. We provide clear legal advice that spans the globe whilst tackling the cultural nuances between jurisdictions. Our lawyers understand how to coordinate and manage matters in the jurisdictions most relevant to our clients.

We are now offering the opportunity to become part of our dynamic Legal, Risk and Compliance department, which supports our lawyers in providing first-class legal advice to some of the most prestigious and well-known global businesses.

At Slaughter and May, with over 1,500 partners and staff worldwide, everyone’s contribution is valued, and we all enjoy an open, friendly and supportive environment. We have an underlying sense of pride in who we are and what we do, and our inclusive culture gives rise to a unique diversity of thinking, which is critical to our success and helps maintain our position as a true market leader. To support our employees in achieving their professional development objectives, we offer an unrivalled variety of learning and development opportunities to everyone, as well as a highly competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. The firm has a hybrid approach to working, which sees our people working between their respective remote environments and our prestigious Headquarters at One Bunhill Row, in the heart of the City of London.


We are recruiting a Compliance Paralegal to assist our busy Legal, Risk and Compliance department in a wide range of tasks. This is a permanent, full-time role.

The Legal, Risk and Compliance department is headed by the firm’s General Counsel, supported by the firm’s Head of Financial Crime, Head of Legal and Risk and Head of SRA Regulation, and comprises around 30 individuals. This role will report into a Compliance Lawyer.


The key responsibilities of this role are set out below and there may be others which are not listed. You may be required on occasion to work outside our normal working hours of 9:30am to 5:30pm.

  • Assisting the Compliance Lawyers with key internal compliance processes (for example, relating to document destruction or insider lists)
  • Supporting Compliance Lawyers by managing and documenting key decisions in decision logs
  • Assisting with the design and delivery of Compliance training within the firm, assisting with monitoring of training completion
  • Preparing and collating responses to client questionnaires and audits, assisting with initial review of client terms
  • Helping to draft and update the firm’s policies and procedures and answering questions from Partners, other fee-earners and Business Services on those policies and procedures
  • Supporting the Compliance Lawyers on a wide range of cross-firm projects including document review and disclosure exercises
  • Liaising with a broad cross-section of individuals within the firm including Partners, other fee‑earners, executive assistants and members of other Business Services teams
  • Ad-hoc legal research tasks, to support the Compliance Lawyers
  • Supporting the Compliance Lawyers and Business Services with procurement related tasks and exercises – including contract reviews
  • Assisting with business acceptance tasks including assisting with matter security queries and the removal of know-how, customer due diligence reviews and destruction
  • Monitoring regulatory developments and keeping the team updated
  • Gathering and disseminating know‑how within the team
  • Pro-actively identifying potential compliance issues and suggesting ways to address them


Candidates for this position must have:

  • Some experience of working within a compliance function or a genuine interest in the field
  • Confident and articulate communication skills and the ability to engage effectively with people at all levels across the firm
  • Good IT skills (including online research skills and experience using Microsoft Word and Excel) and an ability to develop an understanding of new IT systems quickly
  • A strong academic background (a law degree is preferable but other candidates will be considered)
  • The highest standards of professional ethics (the role necessarily involves access to highly confidential information)
  • Self-motivation
  • Ability to work reliably, managing own time to meet deadlines and respond quickly and flexibly to changing priorities
  • Excellent attention to detail in own and others’ work
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changes in procedures
  • A commitment to working in a diverse team and fostering an inclusive team culture
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