Legal Counsel

Fixed term contract|London|Legal / Tax / Insurance

Legal Counsel

Kleinwort Hambros
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Fixed term contract
  • Legal / Tax / Insurance


Description of the Business Line or Department

Serving as a legal officer for the Kleinwort Hambros banking and wealth businesses in the United Kingdom (KH).

Based in London, but with travel as appropriate to other KH locations.

Summary of the key purposes of the role

To further the mission of the KH Legal Team: to facilitate the strategic and operational activities of KH, working as a high performing team, delivering legal advice and solutions in an effective, efficient and ethical way, in accordance with the SG Code and KH's resources, risk appetite and tolerance.

Summary of responsibilities

All legal work relating to KH, in collaboration with the wider Kleinwort Hambros and SG legal teams, and as directed by the Head of Legal, KH.

The legal officer should ensure that KH is aware of, and manages, applicable legal risks. In particular, the legal officer shall, subject to the KH Head of Legal and Deputy Head of Legal’s directions:

  1. commission, prepare, review, negotiate and conclude, legal documentation relevant to KH, including legal opinions, terms of business and other client, intermediary and supplier documentation;
  2. provide advice and legal documentation regarding new, or changes to, KH products and services;
  3. provide advice to support the KH Compliance team regarding financial services’ regulatory matters and interaction with regulators;
  4. advise on financial services’ regulation of the cross-border activities of KH;
  5. provide advice and legal documentation regarding the deposit taking and credit services of KH;
  6. provide advice and legal documentation regarding financial intermediaries and business introducers;
  7. provide advice and legal documentation regarding the wealth planning activities of KH, such as investment, protection and pension products;
  8. provide advice and legal documentation regarding acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations and other corporate transactions;
  9. advise regarding the representation of KH in legal proceedings and pre-action activities, and provide advice where requested, in respect of complaints and expressions of dissatisfaction;
  10. provide training and appropriate infrastructure to facilitate effective legal risk management, including policies and procedures and legal/regulatory horizon scanning;
  11. manage the use of external law firms and other third party providers, to ensure appropriate assurance and support with minimal cost to KH;
  12. ensure, in the management of legal risks, compliance by KH with the SG Code and any SG or KH policy or procedural requirements relevant to legal risk management; and

provide, and assist with the provision of, reporting and management information.

Profile required


  1. Knowledge of the legal and regulatory risks associated with UK financial services.
  2. Knowledge of the commercial activities of financial services’ businesses in the UK.
  3. Strong written skills, including legal drafting.
  4. Strong verbal communication skills, including providing clear advice for non-lawyers.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills, including adapting to a diverse range of stakeholders and building in person relationships where required.
  6. Flexible, positive, solution-oriented and proactive in relation to work requirements.
  7. A strong ability to assimilate information and willingness to learn and take instructions, including from other lawyers in the team.
  8. A good team member.
  9. Strong organisational skills.

Good time management skills.

Why join us

People join for the impact they can have on us. They stay for the impact we have on them. A flatter structure offers visibility and exposure beyond that of our competitors, so you know our names, and we know yours. It's personable, human, and inspires success through passion. By encouraging open mindedness and a willingness to share ideas, we have adapted to market changes and thrived through innovation. Bringing words like “hard work” and “dedication” together with “community” and “respect” has enabled us to work collaboratively and build our future together. We call this Team Spirit and it's what makes us different. It's what makes you different.

Business insight

If you feel you have the required experience and qualifications, then please apply to the SG Resourcing Team, and we will manage your application. At Société Générale, we believe our people are our strength and are core to the success of our business. As such, we search for, recruit and appoint the best available person on the basis of aptitude and ability, regardless of sex, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief or gender identity.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 23000LF2
Entity: Kleinwort Hambros
Starting date: 2023/10/02
Publication date: 2023/09/13