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Compliance Legal Support Executive
India- Delhi


JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Compliance Legal Support Executive(International Tax Compliance)

Job Summary

DAC6 is a new EU directive applicable from 1 July 2020. DAC6 imposes a mandatory disclosure regime requiring intermediaries such as law firms to file information on reportable cross-border arrangements (being those which meet one or more designated hallmarks), within a set time period and the Compliance Legal Support Executive

role will be key to implementing an efficient and effective process in order to ensure the Firm's compliance with these requirements.

JOB PURPOSE

The Compliance Legal Support Executive will support lawyers and risk professionals based in each of Clifford Chance's offices in the activities below:
  • Data mining of all historic matters on which advice has been given since 25 June 2018, carrying out a full assessment against hallmarks of any matters with a cross-border element, recording all relevant information and notification of all reportable arrangements to the relevant tax authority by 31 August 2020.
  • Implementing a robust process for identifying matters with a cross-border element, both at matter opening and if applicable during the matter, assessing the arrangement against the hallmarks, recording all relevant information and where the firm is a service provider notifying to the relevant tax authority within 30 days of the advice have been given.
  • Being the point of contact for DAC6 referrals, understanding what information is required, asking the appropriate questions in order to extract the necessary information from matter teams, performing technical analysis of cross-border arrangements against the hallmarks, escalating the assessment as necessary and notifying reportable arrangements within the specified time limit.
  • Supporting the relevant local office team in preparing and implementing the Firm's "catch up" disclosure in August 2020.
  • Preparing for the Firm to meet its obligations on the move to "real time" reporting from August 2020 by creating and embedding an appropriate process.
  • Being a point of contact for technical queries on DAC6 such as whether a matter is potentially within scope for disclosure and practical queries about updating information etc.
  • Maintaining process documentation.


In relation to some of these activities the Compliance Legal Support Executive will lead and manage the issue rather than supporting.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Liaising with tax lawyers across EU offices to keep up to date on latest developments including the detail of implementing legislation, guidance notes from tax authorities etc.
  • Liaising with lawyers on matter teams to perform the technical analysis of cross-border matters.
  • Conducting a review of information provided to determine whether a matter is potentially reportable and providing the analysis to the relevant local office team for further review.
  • Assisting/managing the DAC6 reporting process and maintaining records for audit purposes.
  • Assisting in developing country-specific guidelines on what is/is not disclosable and other relevant issues.
  • Where disclosures are not made due to privilege, notifying other DAC6 contacts and/or the client if appropriate and requested by the matter partner.


SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Qualifications & Experience

  • A bachelor's/master's degrees in accounting, finance or management (or equivalent)
  • 7 years accountancy/tax experience in an international professional services firm
  • Accountant or lawyer (or similar)


Technical knowledge

  • Experience in meeting obligations under international tax reporting regimes (ideal but not essential)
  • Experience working within a highly regarded accountancy or law firm (ideally working in with tax regulations and/or processes)
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the requirements under the DAC6 Directive (ideal but not essential)


Communicating & Influencing

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to liaise at all levels within the Firm
  • Ability to influence partners and senior management and to communicate a compliance view clearly, succinctly and persuasively by telephone, in writing and in person
  • Ability to advise on complex issues and processes across all levels of the organisations


Organisational/Strategic/Technical skills

  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Helpful and responsive approach
  • IT skills
  • Highly organised
  • Detail oriented
  • Enthusiastic self-starter
  • Able to take responsibility for driving new processes and change
  • Collaborative and adaptable working style


CLIENT FOCUS

At Clifford Chance, we believe in bringing the client - both internal and external - to the centre of everything we do. To do this we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit people who not only excel in their field but who are also client focused.

We are looking for people who:
  • can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to understand their Stakeholder's priorities;
  • are self-starters but also team players ready to help others and contribute to the overall success;
  • listen, understand, question and deliver; and
  • are reliable and responsive, and worked in an environment of "client first"


In short, we are looking for people who are motivated by client satisfaction and who strive to exceed the expectations of their clients.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.

The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.

  • A bachelor's/master's degrees in accounting, finance or management (or equivalent)

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