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Risk function

A&O’s Risk function is at the heart of the sustainability and success of our firm.

It has a core responsibility to uphold the firm’s values and to support its strategic objectives. Our lawyers and industry experts provide complex legal and risk advice to the global firm, including its senior management, governance bodies and partners.

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In-House Legal

In-House Legal

In-House Legal is a core part of the Risk Function. We advise the entire global firm, including its senior management, governance bodies and partners, across a diverse range of complex and interesting subject areas. This includes advising on the firm’s group structure, the impact of new laws and regulations on the global business, complex supply chain risk issues (including high value commercial contracts), the legal and regulatory implications of new technologies and advanced delivery matters, and all areas of risk management.

We frequently lead on strategic global projects, and have a number of industry experts within the team. We also have a key role in looking to the future and providing strategic advice to the firm’s management to help them find solutions and achieve the firm’s strategic objectives.

As a member of In-House Legal you will have the opportunity to work regularly with our offices around the world, take a leading role on key projects and contribute to the growth of the business. You will be able to develop your career at a leading international firm, offering a unique in-house experience where high performance and innovation is encouraged and recognised. 

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Business Acceptance Unit

Business Acceptance Unit

We process requests from partners for A&O to accept new legal matters including, in particular, performing anti-money laundering, sanctions and background checks on new clients and performing conflicts checks (within internal databases) on each new matter (for both new and existing clients). We also:

  • obtain from relevant lawyers required evidence of identity for new clients (and existing clients for whom the practice has done no work in the preceding two years and whose ownership or control may therefore have changed in the intervening period);
  • screen and, where requested, send conflict search emails (containing information on new legal matters) to all partners and to monitor responses, analyse search results and, in consultation with the originating lawyers, determine whether or not the new legal matter is clear of conflicts and appropriate for the practice to take on;
  • authorise the opening of new legal matters when checks have been completed and any issues or problems satisfactorily resolved;
  • facilitate resolution of legal conflict issues in consultation, where appropriate, with A&O senior management;
  • facilitate resolution of business conflict issues in consultation with relevant partners/senior lawyers including, if necessary, A&O senior management;
  • determine the need for information barriers to enhance the internal security of information and to facilitate them being established to meet the requirements of the situation;
  • intervene (where needed) to direct the required levels of matter/virtual file security within the A&O virtual filing system;
  • receive, monitor and (where appropriate) keep a central record of terms of engagement agreed with clients, to remind lawyers of the need to ensure that the terms of our engagements are clear and documented and to advise lawyers on unusual/non-standard terms and on aspects of the firm's engagement terms policy;
  • deal with business acceptance queries (including conflicts, sanctions and anti-money laundering ID queries);
  • deal with client audit and compliance matters.
Data Privacy

Data Privacy

The mission of Allen & Overy’s Data Privacy Team is to foster a strong culture of data protection compliance throughout the firm, while providing pragmatic and business-focussed advice in a highly regulated area. The Data Privacy Team advises on data privacy and information security issues affecting A&O, including:

  • The creation and maintenance of a global programme of measures and documentation designed to ensure on-going compliance with privacy laws globally
  • The firm’s advanced delivery strategy and data analytics work
  • The legal aspects of information security and data management to meet legal and regulatory requirements
  • Incident response and remediation
  • Dealing with individual rights requests
  • Data export restrictions and data localisation requirements with a view to preserving international data flows
  • Working closely with fee earners, IT and others on technology and data innovations to ensure privacy and information security by design
  • Devising and delivering the firm’s privacy training programmes
  • Advising on, and ensuring compliance with, applicable regulatory reporting requirements
Regulation and Conduct

Regulation and Conduct

The Regulation and Conduct team is tasked with championing a culture of legal, regulatory and ethical compliance throughout the firm. This includes:

  • advising on the overarching legal, regulatory and ethical standards applicable to A&O and its employees, with a particular focus on AML and SRA requirements;
  • advising on temporary, fly-in fly-out, practising rights;
  • designing and implementing AML systems and procedures;
  • application of SRA and other regulators' rules to the firm's activities and to the ethical dilemmas faced by individuals in practice;
  • advising on regulatory notification and reporting requirements, including AML reporting requirements;
  • delivering the firm's compliance strategy, including global risk training and the Annual Compliance Return.

Learning and development

We’re passionate about providing top quality training and development for all our staff. Our aim is to become 'the world's most advanced law firm' and our people are key to achieving this goal. With this end in mind, we have created the A&O Support Academy. Its aim is to provide our staff globally with the leadership, management and business skills needed to succeed and reach their full potential.

Designed in conjunction with our Support Faculty and delivered by a mix of internal and external facilitators, the programmes are specifically tailored to the every-day work reality and challenges of professionals at A&O.

The Academy can be joined at any point in your career, from foundation, through advanced and up to mastery level. Many of the programmes are offered on a regional basis to enable everyone globally to attend and network with their peers from other offices.


Working environment


Allen & Overy Belfast is an exciting, fast paced and challenging workplace in which you will have the opportunity to strengthen your skills and work on complex finance and business law matters across a wide range of practices and jurisdictions and in an open-plan and supportive environment.

At Allen & Overy Belfast, it is not all work, no play. Socially, the Belfast office hosts monthly drinks, quiz nights and other events. In recent years, the LSC has also entered teams in the local tag rugby spring and summer leagues and the Belfast marathon. Last year’s team ran in aid of local charity Lagan Search and Rescue.


We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.

Along with our competitive base salary and overtime offering, we provide a competitive pension scheme, personal accident insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, health assessments and private medical insurance.

Our other benefits include gym membership with a corporate discount, cycle to work scheme and bike loan. Not to mention, 23 days holiday, and 10 public holidays.

Our locations

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America

In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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