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Do you have a strong background and knowledge of criminal disclosure in the Crown Court? Are you someone who would enjoy working with a prosecution team on high profile criminal cases within the financial sector?

At the Financial Conduct Authority we have a specialised Criminal Disclosure Unit with dedicated Disclosure Officers appointed to oversee disclosure in accordance with the Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA) and we are looking for highly qualified Associates to expand the Unit, to join for an initial period of 12 months on a fixed term contract.

You will be an experienced criminal lawyer or someone with significant experience of leading disclosure exercises in criminal Crown Court cases. You'll be confident at managing cases with a very large number of digital documents and able to devise a coherent strategy for reviewing the material.

What does the role involve? What are the key responsibilities?
  • Working alongside a fully integrated team of investigators and lawyers that investigates and brings regulatory and/or criminal proceedings
  • Creating and devising a strategic disclosure plan to meet the needs of the case
  • Reviewing material using a digital evidence platform and applying the test for disclosure in accordance with the requirements of the CPIA
  • Creating and maintaining schedules of the unused material in preparation for trial
  • Training and managing a team of paralegals to assist with the disclosure task
  • Drafting a Disclosure Management Document
  • Assisting in the preparation of cases for trial in the Crown Court and giving evidence if required


What will the candidate get from the role?
  • An opportunity to work on high-profile cases of public importance as part of multi-disciplinary teams, investigating and tackling the most serious financial crime
  • An opportunity to gain management experience within a supportive environment committed to learning and development
  • The chance to greatly enhance and develop your legal analysis and judgement skills and to shape the work of the Criminal Disclosure Unit
  • An opportunity to engage with a broad range of stakeholders across the FCA


Skills/Experience Required

Minimum

We're a signatory to the Government's Disability Confident scheme. This means that we will offer an interview to disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role. A minimum criterion needs to be measurable from reviewing a candidate's CV. Exceptions may apply if due to the volume of applications we are not able to interview all eligible candidates who qualify under the scheme.
  • A professional background in law or law enforcement
  • Experience of applying the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996
  • Experience of complex criminal investigations


Essential
  • Recent and relevant experience of working as a Disclosure Officer or as Disclosure Counsel.
  • Proven experience in managing disclosure in large and complex cases.
  • Ability to analyse complex evidence and to take responsibility for making timely decisions based on relevant analysis.
  • Sound judgement and a willingness to defend judgements as necessary and when appropriate.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines.


Desirable
  • Previous experience of training and mentoring junior staff
  • Robust, self-motivated and a good team player
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Previous experience with the use of case management systems and evidence review platforms


About us

At the FCA, we're creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We're establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable consumers.

The Enforcement and Market Oversight division conducts forensic investigations into serious 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 Disclosure Unit provides expert support in criminal and dual-track investigations across the Wholesale, Retail and Unauthorised Business departments.

The FCA's Values & Diversity

Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator.

As an inclusive employer, we are open to considering flexible working arrangements. Please contact our recruiter if you wish to apply for this role on a flexible basis.

Useful Information
  • These roles are graded Associate - L&F B. Roles will be offered on a Fixed Term Contract basis for an initial period of 12 months.
  • The salary range will be up to to 55 ,000 GBP plus a competitive benefits package and non-contributory pension.
  • Applications for this role close on 31st October


Please ensure your CV is customised to this role. A covering letter outlining the skills and experience that make you suitable for this role is also required.

If you are interested in learning more about the role please contact Lucy Matthews via [email protected]

Please note - Applications must be submitted through our online portal. Applications sent via email will not be accepted

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