Litigation Lawyer (Associate Director)

Royal Bank of Canada

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What is the opportunity?

Supporting the Head of Litigation for Europe and Asia-Pac in the achievement of enterprise and RBC General Counsel Group strategic priorities in regard to all disputes, contentious regulatory matters or internal investigations on a forward-looking and proactive basis. Provide subject matter expertise for all RBC businesses; direct the defence and settlement of disputes and contentious regulatory matters to ensure alignment with the priorities and risk appetites of the affected RBC businesses; and oversee the selection and management of external counsel and ensure cost effective and efficient delivery of legal services in respect of all such matters. Act in partnership with Compliance, Employee Relations, Corporate Investigation Services and other General Counsel Group members, and proactively identify issues and reduce the potential impact of them on RBC’s reputations and businesses.


What will you do?

  • Provide strategic direction, support and legal advice to Senior Business and Functional Leaders in relation to all disputes, contentious regulatory matters and internal investigations in the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific for all RBC businesses with a view to maximizing preferred outcomes and ensuring a consistent approach to the management of legal and reputational risk and with a view to managing the associated legal spend.
  • Provide strategic oversight, specialized knowledge and legal advice in relation to the conduct of internal investigations, in conjunction with other internal partners including Compliance, Operational Risk, Corporate Investigation Services, Internal Audit Services, Human Resources and Employee Relations and leading all legally privileged investigations in relation to the affected RBC businesses.
  • Partner with others in the General Counsel Group and, specifically, the Head of Litigation for Europe and Asia-Pacific, to ensure a consistent approach to legal risk management across the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
  • Oversee the selection and management of external counsel in relation to all disputes and investigations in the relevant RBC businesses, including:
    • Being the key driver of cost effective and consistent delivery of legal services;
    • Obtain, track and enforce budgets from external counsel, e-discovery providers, experts and other services providers, and explore alternative billing opportunities;
    • Partner with others in the General Counsel Group across the globe to ensure a consistent approach to counsel and optimum cost management for RBC. 
  • Manage and provide advice on legal, regulatory and reputational risk arising out of complaints and lawsuits and the conduct of employees.
  • Provide advice on the application and legality of policies for addressing legal, regulatory and reputational risks as they relate to operational procedures.
  • Provide analysis and market insight on matters affecting RBC businesses to assist the RBC businesses to enhance their practices and procedures to meet and exceed requirements


What do you need to succeed?


  • Undergraduate Law Degree + qualified to practice law in England & Wales. 
  • Solid experience practicing law with direct experience in the financial services industry and preferably with experience in both civil and common law jurisdictions.
  • Direct experience conducting internal investigations in the criminal and civil setting and contentious regulatory context.
  • Direct experience managing complex disputes and responding to enforcement or prosecutorial inquiries.
  • Proven understanding of financial accounting requirements related to provisions.
  • Enterprise mindset and ability to understand global issues and operate in a global business.



  • Good understanding of the relevant RBC businesses and their operations, including the market environment affecting the relevant RBC businesses.
  • A clear understanding of the legal risk and reputational risk appetite of the relevant RBC businesses


What’s in it for you?

We thrive on the challenge to be our best, progressive thinking to keep growing, and working together to deliver trusted advice to help our clients thrive and communities prosper. We care about each other, reaching our potential, making a difference to our communities, and achieving success that is mutual.





About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 37 other countries. For more information, please visit


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RBC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status, Aboriginal/Native American status or any other legally-protected factors. Disability-related accommodations during the application process are available upon request.




City:  City of London 
Address:  Riverbank House 
Work Hours/Week:  35 
Work Environment:  Office 
Employment Type:  Permanent 
Career Level:  Experienced Hire/Professional 
Pay Type:  Salaried 
Required Travel (%):  0-25 
Exempt/Non-Exempt:  N/A 
People Manager:  No 
Application Deadline:  2017-10-02 
Req ID:  145408

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