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Senior Disciplinary Lawyer

Job description

Job Grade: L2

Closing date: 24 July 2019

Job title of line manager: Head of Disciplinary Investigations

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Edinburgh

How to apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV and a cover letter to:

Purpose of job

Reporting to the Head of Disciplinary Investigations the main purposes of the role is to take the lead and assume independent responsibility for the conduct and advocacy of cases that are referred to Disciplinary Tribunal. To also take a leadership role in the development and implementation of key disciplinary policy initiatives, as required to ensure that the operation of the disciplinary function continues to be robust, efficient and effective and meets the aims of the IFoA’s Regulatory Strategy.

Principal accountabilities

  • Take the lead and independent responsibility for the conduct and advocacy of all disciplinary cases referred to a Disciplinary tribunal whether in house or in partnership with external legal support.
  • Accountable to the Head of Disciplinary Investigations and working with the Head of Legal Services, external and internal stakeholders in the IFoA’s disciplinary process, oversee and implement regulatory and disciplinary policy initiatives as necessary to ensure the continued effectiveness of the operation of the IFoA’s disciplinary function and give advice on a range of legal/regulatory issues, as required.
  • Preparing papers for and presenting at meetings of principal IFoA Committees and Boards (including Council) and responding to queries from senior members of those Committees/Boards
  • Presenting at and participating in events and conferences to promote disciplinary issues (including both IFoA and external events).
  • Engaging with external stakeholders and building relationships with their key representatives, including, in particular, co-regulators, the IFoA’s oversight body and actuarial employers.
  • Engaging with external service providers in relation to contracts and delivery of services.
  • Sharing knowledge of legal, regulatory and commercial best practice with colleagues across the organisation, as required. 
  • Support the work of the wider General Counsel team, and other internal stakeholders, on a range of regulatory/legal matters, as required.
  • Direct line Management responsibility as required.
  • Responsible for managing own workload and acting autonomously with minimal supervision

Main contacts

  • Disciplinary Board (and its Sub Committees and working parties)
  • Regulation Board (and its Sub Committees and working parties)
  • Management Board
  • Council of the IFoA
  • Regulation Board
  • Practice Boards
  • Financial Reporting Council and its Committees/ Boards
  • Other financial regulators
  • External lawyers
  • Other professional bodies
  • Participants in the disciplinary process, including panel members, actuaries and members of the public


The role holder will be required to take decisions and exercise judgement to ensure the IFoA receives first class legal and regulatory advice. 


The role will involve making decisions in relation to complex legal and policy issues.


The role holder will be required to give legal advice and draft policy documentation which will be relied upon by the IFoA at the highest level. This advice may be provided directly to key decision makers within the IFoA.

Knowledge and experience


  • Qualified lawyer in English/ Scots Law or other comparable jurisdiction.
  • Advocacy experience in court and tribunal settings
  • Experience of regulatory law and policy obtained either in private practice and/ or in-house.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong commercial and strategic awareness.
  • Good team worker.
  • Experience of giving presentations to committees/ conferences.
  • Strong leadership skills


  • Experience of working in a financial services regulatory environment.
  • Experience of working for/with a professional regulatory body.
  • Experience of policy development and drafting
  • Experience of investigation and prosecution of professional disciplinary cases
  • Experience of project management
  • Experience of advising Boards and/or Committees

Values and behaviours

The role holder will require to demonstrate each of the values of Community, Integrity and Progress in accordance with the IFoA‘s Values and Behaviours framework.

Additional Information

Regular travel to sites in London and Oxford and to other conference/ meeting locations will be required.

Contact Details

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Events calendar

  • Implications of 2019 IFRS 17 Exposure Draft

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    24 July 2019

    Fully booked.

    The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) recently published an Exposure Draft (ED) of limited changes to its insurance contracts standard IFRS 17, effective date 2022.

  • Insurance Investment Roundtable with the IFoA & PRA - 25 July 2019

    EY Offices 1 More London Place London, SE1 2AF
    25 July 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA hosts regular roundtable meetings with the PRA on best practice in insurance investment and the application of the Prudent Person Principle, which governs insurance investment under Solvency II.

  • SIAS Event: Climate Zero to Climate Hero

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    3 September 2019 - 4 September 2019

    Spaces available

    An introductory session to help you get ahead with climate change.

    • Science, terminology and initiatives: handy facts to keep in your back pocket 
    • Getting your point across: how to influence people and avoid common traps and pitfalls
    • Taking action: what are actuaries expected to do...and what are we actually doing?
  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk, presented by the FCA Head of Department in Scotland, will focus on the following 3 main areas:

    • FCA business plan priorities
    • The future of regulation
    • FCA Engagement in Scotland
  • Sessional Research Event - Risk Margin Working Party

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 September 2019

    Spaces available

    For life insurers in the UK, the risk margin is one of the most controversial aspects of the Solvency II regime. Following its implementation, the risk margin came under considerable criticism for being too large and too sensitive to interest rate movements. These criticisms are particularly valid for annuity business – such business is of great significance to the national system for retirement provision. This criticism has led to political interest, and the risk margin was a major element of the Treasury Committee inquiry into Solvency II.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 


  • The Future of the Actuarial Profession

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    3 October 2019

    Spaces available

    Three actuaries – and CEOs – discuss their views on how the business world is changing and what that might mean for actuaries in the future.

  • Life Conference 2019

    The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
    20-22 November 2019
    Spaces available

    The Life Conference is the premier event for professionals interested in life insurance.  Offering a wide range of workshops and plenary sessions it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s hot and current in life insurance ensuring you get up to date on the latest thinking and innovation whilst meeting and exchanging ideas with a broad range of professionals.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
    2 December 2019

    Fully booked.

    The IFoA is pleased to announce that this year’s Autumn Lecture will feature the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as its guest speaker.  Nicky has previously served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. She now chairs the Treasury Select Committee whose remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, along with all of its agencies and associated bodies.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019: Live Streaming

    2 December 2019

    Spaces available

    Watch the live stream of this year's Autumn Lecture with guest speaker Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP.