Job Details

City:
Kampala
Job Location:
Uganda
Contract Type:
Full time
Job category:
Legal

Company Details

Company industry:
Banking
Company Type:
Employer (Private Sector)
No. of Employees:
101-500

Preferred Candidate

Career level:
Experienced (non-manager)
Degree:
Bachelor's degree
Minimum years of experience:
2-5 years

Professional Skills

- Good drafting, writing, communication and reporting skills. - Analytical and able to provide prompt and sound legal solutions and advice for the business. - Agile, a good team player with good client relationship management skills.

Language Skills

•Must have good command of English language both spoken and written.

Job Description

The Senior Legal Officer will draft and review legal documents including pleadings, contracts, credit facilities and securities, provide legal advice, conduct research and represent the Bank in Courts of Law in line with divisional standards and targets on legal risk management and best practice standards.
Key duties and responsibilities include;
- The jobholder will peruse Court pleadings and notices of intention to sue served on the Bank and liaise with the relevant units to provide accurate information on counterpartys claims/allegations, evaluate the Banks rights, possible defences, etc., and ensure timely action including representation in Court as the case may be as well as propose appropriate strategy to enforce the Banks rights or obtain the desired end.
- Draft contracts for loans and advances, procurement of goods and services by the Bank. Enforce the Banks rights and protect its interests under various transactions including but not limited to financial agreements, Lending and Collateral agreements with its borrowers, supply agreements, services and intellectual property agreements, consultancies, tenancy agreements, etc.
- Keenly review and perfect documentation of approved credit facilities in accordance with applicable laws, Bank Policy, disbursement standards and guidelines. Review and compute statutory duty and fees payable on Instruments and other registrable securities and documents and ensure their perfection through timely registration in accordance with the applicable laws, Bank Policy and set Service Level Agreements.
- Work in close liaison with immediate supervisor arrange for regular sessions between in-house and external counsel to ensure good and proper management of litigation and securities perfection processes and demonstration of required progress by External Counsel in line with agreed Service Levels.
- Prepare and submit periodic reports on legal suits by and against the Bank and on Securities Perfection Turnaround Times, conduct trend analysis thereof, Benchmark Bank performance and costs and recommend legal risk mitigation strategies and competitive practices as the case may be.
- Conduct legal research and provide legal advice on the likely impact of draft bills and new legislation on the Banks operations and business, and therefore new compliance standards and requirements.
- Review investigation and incident reports and findings and make recommendations for appropriate legal action to redress the Bank.

Position Requirements

- An Honors Bachelor of Laws degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
- Enrolled Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.
- Previous experience in negotiating and drafting commercial transaction contracts and documents with bias in land conveyancing, sale of goods, services and contracts and financial agreements.
- Hands-on experience in operations and processes of various relevant public offices for example URA, URSB, Land Administration, etc.
- Active Court practice for at least 4 years in a reputable or busy law firm.
- Practical knowledge of Banking, Finance, Corporate and Commercial Laws and current best practices.
- Experience with a financial institution or as in-house counsel may be an added advantage.
- Good drafting, writing, communication and reporting skills.
- Analytical and able to provide prompt and sound legal solutions and advice for the business.
- Agile, a good team player with good client relationship management skills.
- Ability to multi-task and deliver on deadlines with a good level of accuracy under minimum supervision.
- Self-driven with a high level of confidentiality.

About the Company

Centenary Rural Development Bank Ltd started as an initiative of the Uganda National Lay Apostolate in 1983 as a credit Trust and it begun operations in 1985 with the main objective of serving the rural poor and contributing to the overall economic development of the country. In 1993, Centenary Rural Development Bank Ltd was registered as a full service commercial Bank.

Today we are a leading Microfinance Commercial Bank in Uganda serving over 1,300,000 customers. Our services can be accessed across our 62 full service branches and 154 ATMs networked countrywide.
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