Lawyer with Office of the General Counsel
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Established in the region for 40 years, PwC Middle East employs over 4,200 people across 12 countries. Complementing our depth of industry expertise and breadth of skills is our sound knowledge of local business environments across the Middle East region. Our tailored solutions help our clients meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the Middle East market and beyond.
The ME Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Team operates across all lines of service and across the region to provide legal advice and support on a day-to-day basis to client-facing teams, with the goal of supporting the operation and growth of the business whilst taking appropriate risk decisions.
There are dedicated subject matter experts in each of the sub functions within the OGC team who are available to support and consult with partners and engagement teams on all legal, structural and dispute-related queries.
The litigation lawyer hired for this position must operate with a pragmatic mindset and be solution-oriented. He or she must demonstrate an ability to balance risks identified with maintaining a commercial outlook in the approach to answering queries. The role is more than just following policies or processes and includes being flexible in applying business judgment, understanding of the business, its operations, products, and services. The lawyer should have deep relationships with partners and other senior engagement team members within the business.
Primary duties and responsibilities
Adheres to the OGC Budget
Support Senior OGC members, ME Chief Risk Officer (CRO) and ME General Counsel (GC) on litigation matters arising in the UAE and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Provide advice and support in relation to all litigation matters, including drafting pleadings, researching legal issues, appearing before judicial and administrative bodies, and providing interpretations of law and regulation to engagement teams to help them understand how regulations apply to the firm and to client engagements.
Provide advice and support in dealing with a wide range of contentious or potentially contentious situations, including in relation to liquidators and bankruptcy situations involving clients or ex-clients.
Liaise with external counsel and other stakeholders involved in litigation matters as appropriate.
Provide updates to and work closely with Global firm R&Q and Global OGC teams as well as PwC UK OGC, on significant adverse matters.
Provide advice to engagement teams and LoS R&Q teams on all legal related areas of risk during an engagement lifecycle.
Liaise with other R&Q functions such as Independence, Compliance, AML etc for specialist advice.
Build relationships with the relevant LoS R&Q Leader, other R&Q Leaders, and LoS / IFS Partners and engagement teams.
Meet with the allocated LoS R&Q / IFS Leader to discuss key findings, areas of concerns and / or gather feedback.
Consult and escalate to the LoS R&Q Leader / OGC ME General Counsel as necessary.
Assist with producing guidance and templates, and assist with updating policies and procedures as necessary.
Provide support and lead on sensitive litigation matters.
Provide support on notarization and associated formalities.
Assist with reviewing and redesigning processes if needed.
Provide support to OGC projects as needed.
Ensure compliance with the relevant PwC Network standards, policies, and procedures.
Learning & Growth
Meet with relevant business stakeholders and LoS R&Q Partners regularly to ensure optimal relationships.
Responsible for the continuing professional development of self and team members.
Contribute to an environment of teamwork within the R&Q team.
Act as a key resource and liaise with other functional areas of the business, building cross-functional relationships.
A professional or academic qualification (degree level or equivalent), or extensive relevant and practical experience
Qualified lawyer with full rights of audience in the UAE
Notarial qualification (or eligibility to acquire a notarial qualification)
Strong English and fluent Arabic
3+ years of relevant experience
Relevant legal experience in the Professional Services industry in a top tier firm, relevant experience at a top law firm or multinational corporation, or relevant experience at a regulator required
Prior people management and teamwork experience
Knowledge and Skills
Deep understanding of the legal environment across the region and the UAE in particular
Deep legal, regulatory and litigation knowledge
Strong problem solving skills
Strong project management skills
Strong networking and capacity to build strong connections with Global, EMEA, external legal counsels, UK and other R&Q LoS communities
Strong decision making skills
Strong people management skills
Risk averse/risk management skills
Process oriented and strong internal control skills
Ability to develop and implement procedures, controls and policies for functional areas of responsibility
Organization skills and eye for detail
Time management skills and proactivity
Strong verbal and written communication skills