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Legal Counsel

The Business

Join us in Dublin as a Legal Counsel

  • You’ll provide expert commercial and high quality legal advice that is cost effective and delivered within relevant timescales
  • You'll drive the development of a robust risk management framework within Ulster Bank (UB) Legal while developing key stakeholder relationships
  • This is a full time permanent position based in our head office at Central Park and is an exciting opportunity for a skilled legal professional starting out in their career

What you'll do

Ulster Bank Legal supports and advises the bank on a variety of legal matters across a range of transformation, regulatory and other projects. You'll be providing expert commercial and high quality legal advice, and recommending appropriate actions and advising on policies and procedures to minimise legal risk. You'll work with the Legal team to build and drive a strong risk and control function within UB Legal, ensuring we deliver in line with all risk related requirements and in line with best practice. This will include representing UB Legal on risk and control committees and forums, and providing advice, support and guidance for legal risk issues

Your responsibilities will also include:

  • The delivery of expert, accurate and cost effective legal advice, ensuring it is readily understandable to non lawyers and delivered within relevant timescales
  • Identifying and analysing legal risk and contributing to maintaining a legal risk framework and policy framework
  • Managing external advisers and other stakeholders in successfully delivering Ulster Bank transactions and projects on a timely basis
  • The coordination and delivery of UB Legal actions in respect of general risk management requirements
  • The coordination and delivery of assurance activities to ensure continued compliance with risk management principles
  • Identifying, evaluating and escalating legal and reputational risk issues
  • Sharing your skills and best practice with other Legal teams in the bank to ensure effective coordination and cooperation and to deliver a consistent approach to the provision of legal services

The skills you'll need

We're looking for a qualified solicitor or barrister with post-qualification experience in the financial services sector, gained from working in private practice or in-house with a major financial institution. You'll have good knowledge of general banking and security law, a strong commercial awareness, and excellent analytical and drafting skills. You'll also be able to manage a large workload, prioritise and meet demanding deadlines, and work across a broad range of areas.

You'll also have the ability to:

  • Gain the respect of the executive team, colleagues, and external professional contacts, and establish, build and maintain strong relationships within the bank
  • Recognise issues of strategic, legal or reputational importance, and evaluate and advise on how they should be addressed and resolved
  • Keep up to date on relevant legal and market developments
  • Work cooperatively with other teams within Ulster Bank Legal and the wider RBS Legal to facilitate expert legal services to the business as a whole

How we'll reward you

In return, we offer a competitive salary and you'll also join our retirement savings plan. You can also choose from a selection of protection, healthcare or lifestyle extras from RBSelect, our fully flexible reward programme.

Visit our reward and benefits page for more information on the benefit packages we offer.


At Ulster Bank, we want everyone to feel welcome, regardless of your background or needs. If you need adjustments making to your working environment, we’ll do everything we can to support you. As part of this commitment, we offer flexible working options for some of our roles - find out more.

As a Financial Services organisation we comply with and support the requirements set by our Regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which are designed to protect our customers. This role falls under Conduct Rules of the Individual Accountability Regime (IAR) and is subject to pre-employment screening. This means if your application is successful, you’ll need to satisfy some important background checks before you can start working with us. These may include a full credit check, a criminal record check (if based in the UK), residency and right to work checks.