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Aug 7, 2017

National Bank Legal Officer Jobs in Kenya

National Bank of Kenya
Position Title: Legal Officer

Job Ref No. HR/042/17
Available Positions: Two (2)
Unit: Legal Services & Company Secretary
Reporting to: Head of Commercial Transactions & Litigation
Position Scope: The successful candidate will be responsible for the provision of legal services to the business in contracting, legal opinion and research, Power of Attorney management, probate  administration, legal awareness training as well as office administration for the Legal Services Department. 

He or She will ensure minimized legal risk in line with the Bank’s strategy.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Undertake comprehensive, timely and accurate review of, and where required develop/draft legal documents, including but not limited to contracts/agreements/Credit documentation/leases /licenses/templates/notices) prior to the execution by, or on behalf of the Bank.
  • Handle litigation matters, for and against the Bank pertaining to debt recovery and operational matters by defending claims, arranging pre-trial meetings, attending Court sessions, and creditor’s meetings.
  • Provide sound legal advice to the Bank (branches and divisions) in all operational matters, emerging laws and regulations touching on commercial transactions, contracts, HR, credit and trade financing, among other areas.
  • Issue, coordinate, monitor and facilitate the carrying out of instructions to external lawyers on litigation matters both for and on behalf of the Bank to ensure that the time frames are observed as per statute /rules/ regulations.
  • Conduct legal research and advise on emerging legislation with regards to the Banking industry.
  • Facilitate debt recovery by issuing demands and notices to debtors and guarantors as well as responding to demands issued to the Bank.
  • Conduct quarterly reviews of the Bank’s litigation matters in order to reduce litigation portfolio by closing cases where recovery chances are slim.
  • Respond to customer complaints, customer demands and advice on how to fix any loopholes if any.
  • Collect, compile and collate evidence in litigation matters for purposes of the Banks defense in suits filed against it or for purposes of filing suit.
  • Generate reports to management on litigation matters, contracts and leases.
  • Ensure cost reduction in litigation and commercial matters by vetting fees notes and adoption of efficient systems/options.
  • Participate in meetings in conjunction with other departments for purposes of legal input and compliance e.g. disciplinary hearings and debt recovery negotiations.
Skills & Experience:
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B)
  • At least Five (5) years’ working experience in a Law Firm or Financial Institution
  • Must be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • CPS will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge and skills in Banking Operations and credit operations
  • Excellent knowledge of professional standards under the Advocates Act
  • Knowledge and experience in handling litigation matters, court rules and procedures.
  • Proficient in computer applications
  • Negotiation /Arbitration and Dispute resolution skills
  • Good interpersonal & communication skills
Send your CV and application letter clearly indicating the position title on the subject line to: [email protected] by 21st August 2017.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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