A Legal Officer is tasked with the following duties/ responsibilities:
Providing concise legal support, advice and opinion(s) relating to the conduct of the business and support units of the Bank based on sound legal principles;
Reviewing, drafting and providing legal advice on the adequacy of the legal documents for the Bank in relation to third party contracts;
Providing instructions for various litigation matters affecting the Group and ensure the best strategy is employed by external service providers in handling the litigation;
Protecting the overall Bank’s interests vis a vis the emerging and prevailing laws and regulations of Kenya and minimising legal risk to the Bank.
Key Accountabilities (Duties and Responsibilities)
Ensure all debt recovery through legal processes is handled in the best interest of the bank and its customers and that the recovery process is well effected and supported;
Review and vet all legal costs and settling the same in a timely manner
Ensuring service providers serve the bank in the most cost effective manner
Suggest innovative ways of reducing costs within the department
Internal business processes
Contracting and Review of Legal documents for business and support units
Attend, engage and participate in contract negotiations on engagements/transactions that the business and support units are getting involved in.
Ensure up to standard review and drafting and if in order recommend for signing all contracts and other legal documents on behalf of the Bank in a timely manner.
Provide concise and practical legal solutions to all business and support units of the Bank engaging in any Legal Officer Advisory, legal awareness and training
Assist in ensuring the Bank’s conformity to both internal and external legal and regulatory framework.
Provide well-researched and concise legal opinion(s) that is useful and guides the business and support units to achieve desired goals within 48 hours of receipt of request.
Offer trainings to business and support units on all arising laws and regulations affecting their business.
Litigation Management and Recoveries Support
Assist the Senior Legal Counsel in managing external lawyers and agents as may be allocated from time to time to ensure Group non-debt and debt recovery cases in Court are well attended to.
Issue prompt and clear instructions to advocates on non-debt and debt recovery cases litigation matters, providing advocates with relevant documents in support of the Bank’s cases.
Ensure attendance of witnesses and Lawyers in all cases when required and participate in forming the best strategy for handling each case.
Mitigate on legal costs, speedy conclusion of non-debt and debt recovery court cases and prompt monitoring of court cases.
Ensure efficient and effective communication channels between the department, the bank and external legal service providers
Monthly review of all non-debt and debt recovery cases and ensure summary sheet is updated accordingly.
Provide an update and detailed report on all non-debt and debt recovery cases legal litigation matters on a regular basis in accordance with the Debt Recovery Process Flow and the Litigation Process Flow;
Internal Legal Administration
Handle all internal legal administrative tasks as may be allocated from time to time.
Maintain the Department’s Court Attendance Diary and effect timely and concise communication to the rest of the team and to the appointed witnesses. Ensure every matter has a witness and all documents required are procured
Negotiation and Settlement of fee notes
Update and Maintain a Register of Contracts for the whole Bank
Ensure custody of all of the Bank’s Contracts in an easy to retrieve manner and in keeping with the Contracts Register
Ideal Job Specifications
A Bachelor’s Degree Law (LLB)
Post Graduate Diploma in Law
Advocate of the High Court of Kenya of at least 2 years post-admission
Desired work experience:
At least 4 years’ experience in a legal department of a busy organization, banking operations, with sound exposure to credit or lending and debt recovery.