Client Verification Manager

Experience level: Advanced
Term: Permanent
Department: Client take-on
Location: London
The firm

Looking for a firm which:

  • appreciates your skills and value
  • wants you to be yourself and to maximize your potential and
  • recognises and rewards you for your hard work

If so, then come and join the Bedell Cristin family!

We are an award-winning law firm with expertise in BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law and the agility to drive success for our clients in a fast moving world.  We provide legal advice shaped around the needs of corporate and private clients, financial institutions and intermediaries worldwide.


The department

Our support services are key to underpinning the success of our business.  We pride ourselves on providing the knowledge, platforms and infrastructure essential to facilitating our world class client service. We put our people at the forefront of our service delivery and work collaboratively with the practice areas to meet and exceed client demands.

We're looking for an experienced verfication manager to enhance our client take-on team and provide a smooth and welcoming on-boarding experience for UK clients, whilst providing a first line of defence protecting the business against legal, financial and reputational risks.


Other information

As client verification manager you will manage our client verification process, under the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022, and ensure it is undertaken legally and in an efficient and timely way.  In addition, you will monitor and report on the performance of the service and any challenges that arise.

More about the role

A typical day in this role will be to:

  • Undertake a factual analysis as to who is a registerable beneficial owner, managing officer or trust
  • Establish all levels of control
  • Conduct identity verification
  • Submit the confirmation of verification to Companies House
  • Report regularly on the performance of the function
  • Develop and improve policy, procedures and controls relevant to the function
  • Coordinate, review and streamline our processes to increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Ensure that cover arrangements are in place and that these people are supported, trained and educated so that verification occurs efficiently and effectively
  • Liaise with clients as appropriate
  • Ensure all clients are processes through the take-on system
  • Manage the invoice and retainer processes
  • Liaise with members of the compliance team as required for guidance and advice and arrange compliance sign off where required
  • Develop and maintain good knowledge of the laws and market practice relevant to the verification service
  • Escalating any issues/risks arising promptly to the fee earner, group partner, compliance team or MLRO as appropriate

We're looking for a few specific skills and qualifications, and work experience, which include:

  • Ideally educated to A-level or equivalent standard
  • Should possess as a minimum ICA advanced certificate (AML/Compliance/CDD) or Level 4 qualification
  • 5+ years of experience in client take on or CDD
  • An awareness and understanding of local regulatory requirements and the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022
  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • Good technical knowledge relating to Jersey and AML legislation
  • Strong IT skills

More about you... 

  • Good interpersonal skills are required to develop close working relationships with colleagues and clients
  • Strong prioritisation skills and the ability to work under pressure
  • Flexibility, energy and enthusiasm
  • A solution driven attitude to problems
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to work methodically and accurately
  • Team spirited
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

And finally…

A few things which are either required by our industry, or central to the Bedell Cristin culture:

  • Adherence to all policies, procedures and regulations including those around anti-money laundering and terrorist financing
  • A willingness continually to develop your skills and knowledge
  • An understanding of, and adherence to, our core behaviours
  • Flexibility, as occasionally you may be asked to work beyond your contracted hours to support urgent transactional work