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Closing Date: 07 December 2018

Solicitor, NQ - 5 years PQE, UK Legal Department, First Trust Bank

Role: Solicitor, NQ - 5 years PQE, UK Legal Department, First Trust Bank, AIB Group (UK) p.l.c.

Location: First Trust Centre, 92 Ann Street, Belfast BT1 3HH

This job is being advertised on a permanent basis.

Who you are:

You will be a qualified solicitor with a keen interest in moving in-house. Ideally, you will have some banking experience and have undertaken an in-house secondment.

The right personality and character are essential, since there will be matters outside your expertise which you will either have to research, or where you will need to help the business to take the correct commercial approach. You will need to be a team-player who is solution-focused, and able to combine legal knowledge with our Bank policies and procedures and you will need to be able to evaluate and explain legal risk.

The work here is demanding, varied and challenging. You can expect to deal with a wide range of legal issues including litigation, insolvency, commercial or corporate banking, property matters and operational banking in a typical day. As such, the nature of the work requires you to be flexible, commercial, eager and quick to learn.

Your next challenge:

The role is general, covering general commercial law, company law, insolvency, security and banking disciplines. Some knowledge of litigation and conveyancing would be useful. Any knowledge of regulatory regimes, particularly in the PRA and FCA, would be an advantage.

You can expect to be responsible for:

* Working with branches, business centres and internal departments across the UK to provide clear, comprehensive and practical legal advice and support;

* Advising on industry-wide projects;

* Advising on loan documentation and security lending related issues

* Supporting legal analysis of customer complaints and references to the Financial Ombudsman Service;

* Reviewing and negotiating contractual documents;

* Recommending and communicating policy changes;

* Reviewing and approving product-related documentation including terms and conditions;

* Reviewing and approving contract bonds and commercial leases.

What you’ll need to be:

A solicitor qualified to practice in Northern Ireland

Preferably NQ – 5 years PQE

Please note: The Minimum Education requirements for entry to AIB is 5 GCSE passes (or higher), to include a pass in English and Maths. These 5 subjects must be achieved with a grade of A – C. Confirmation of this will be sought if successful for the role.

What else should you demonstrate?

As part of the selection process, the successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate the competencies reflected below:

1. Legal

2. Communication and influencing

3. Planning and priority setting

4. Problem Solving and decision making

5. Teamwork and collaberation

Who we are:

AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. is a dynamic and diverse place to work. We are changing from the inside out to become a Bank people can believe in. And by people, we mean our employees as well as our customers.

We’re one of Ireland’s biggest banks, but that doesn’t mean you’re just a number when you work here. We’re organised enough to have small teams focused on one big initiative. Whether we’re analysing data, developing an app or, lending money, we are all focused on our customers.

In each team you’ll find leaders who focus as much on people as they do on function. Here, anyone who is responsible for managing people is called a people leader, not a manager. That shows our commitment and focus on the development and engagement of the people who work here.

You’ll find a mix of age, race and gender, where everyone has an opportunity to reach their potential. You’ll find a culture of openness, positivity and respect where everyone has a voice.

We are looking for the best experienced people as well as graduates. We will match your energy and enthusiasm with empowerment so that together we can build a culture that breaks the conventions of what our customers and employees expect of a Bank.

AIB Group (UK) p.l.c.

AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. is made up of First Trust Bank in Northern Ireland and Allied Irish Bank (GB) in Great Britain

First Trust Bank is one of Northern Ireland’s major retail banks offering a full spectrum of banking products and services to personal, business and corporate customers. Customers can bank online, or by visiting one of 15 branches across Northern Ireland.

Allied Irish Bank (GB) is a niche business bank with a network of Business Centres across Great Britain serving the needs of the business community to provide real value to every one of our customers and to deliver the highest standard of service in banking and financial services.

Also in the UK are our specialist FSG, Risk, Operations and Support Services functions who work with our frontline teams to deliver the best service possible to our customers.

What’s next?

If you meet the minimum criteria and would be interested in this exciting opportunity please click apply and complete the online application. If you require further information on this role contact Lisa McEvoy from the Resourcing team on01 772 4451 or email


AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. does not accept resumes from headhunters, placement agencies or other suppliers that have not signed a formal agreement with us. Our engagement with recruitment agencies is restricted to specified hiring needs and will not accepted without direct engagement with Resourcing Team. Therefore, any resume received from an unapproved supplier will be considered unsolicited.

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