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Legal Assistant Job Vacancy

Are you looking for an employer who promotes individual excellence and mutual respect in a team - driven culture with a key focus on social empowerment?

The Co-operative Bank of Kenya, “The Kingdom Bank” is the place for those looking to new horizons.

We are looking for a dynamic, creative and self-driven professional to fill the position of:

Legal Assistant 

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Chief Manager Legal Department in the Company Secretary’s Division, the role-holder will be responsible for assisting and supporting the Legal Officers in performance of their functions to ensure the bank’s interests are protected, and also provide legal support to Management, Business Units and Branch Network.

Main Duties:
  • Overseeing the perfection of the bank’s securities.
  • Handling Realization of Securities upon default and in liaison with external counsel representing the Bank in courts, tribunals and arbitrations.
  • Providing legal opinions to the Management and the Branch Network on diverse Banking issues.
  • Drawing, vetting and approving leases for the premises owned or rented by the Bank.
  • Negotiating and Drafting Agreements between the Bank and external service providers and other legal documents as may be required by the Bank from time to time and constant evaluation and monitoring of the agreements that the Bank is a party to.
  • Perusing and interpreting legislation and other legal instruments and keeping the Bank abreast of changes to ensure compliance with Regulatory Authorities i.e. The Central Bank of Kenya, Capital Markets Authority and the Retirement Benefits Authority.
  • Handling the Litigation Function of the Bank in liaison with External Lawyers, Investigators, Valuers and Debt Collectors and constant monitoring of the same to ensure that no liability against the Bank crystallizes.
  • Facilitating Trainings for Credit Staff on securities and other Banking areas as may be required by the Bank from time to time.
  • Compiling and submitting to Management periodical reports on conveyance and other matters and undertaking trend analysis aimed at continuous improvement of the Legal Function within the Bank.
Job specification:

The ideal candidate will be required to possess the following qualifications, attributes and skills:
  • A Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B) degree from a recognized university.
  • A Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (Dip KSL) from the Kenya School of Law.
  • Duly admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, with a current practising certificate, year 2011.
  • At least three years post-qualification experience in a busy private law firm or experience gained in a similar role in a commercial Bank or other Financial Institution.
  • Good understanding of general Banking laws and regulations, as well as the Civil Procedure, Court rules and practices.
  • A bias in Commercial work, including drafting and negotiating contracts will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills and should be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Techno savvy with good understanding of all Microsoft Office applications.
  • 35 years or below
Interested candidates meeting the above criteria should forward an application enclosing detailed Curriculum Vitae accompanied by copies of certificates and indicating the current remuneration to the address shown below by 16th September 2011.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Please quote this reference on your application and on the envelope: LA/09/201 1

The Director
Human Resources Division
Co-operative Bank of Kenya Ltd
P.O. Box 48231-00100
Nairobi Kenya

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