Job Summary

Ensures accuracy and the protection of the interest of the Bank as well as reduces the number of old litigation matters on the list of cases and ensure recovery where applicable.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ensure cost consciousness and savings in all negotiations for settlement out of court or payment of Solicitors fees
  • To act as a liaison between the Branches, Solicitors and the Department 
  • To respond to invitations from security agencies and ensure bail of staff when requested at the regions
  • Make recommendations to Management for matters to be resolved amicably, where applicable
  • Effective and proactive litigation portfolio management 
  • To prepare Leases on Bank Premises, Assignments, Bonds, etc. 
  • To prepare Deeds of Release of charges for sealing at the Company Secretariat. 
  • To prepare legal Mortgage Forms and other documents for securitization of facilities. 
  • To arrange for searches at the Land Registry and Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja through a local external  Solicitor.
  • To monitor States Edicts and Federal Decrees particularly those affecting the operation of the Bank and to bring them to the attention of the Management. 
  • To pay the Solicitors fees on perfection using the approved scale of fees. 
  • To recommend to the Head Office the payment of external Solicitors bill in respect of litigation matters for approval. 
  • To attend Zonal Manager's meetings and advice on legal issues arising at such meetings. 
  • To attend other meetings with Customers law enforcement agencies as may be required by the Zone. 
  • To recommend any suitable Solicitor to Head Office for inclusion as an external Solicitor. 
  • To write opinions on any contentious or unfavourable judgment in Court against the Bank so as to enable the Head  Office to take a decision as to filing a Motion for Stay of Execution and a Notice of Appeal 
  • Share Ideas and seek guidance on complex issues; 
  • Obtain information documents/clarify issues; 
  • Liaison on ongoing matters and obtain legal advice; 
  • Handling of the bank's Cases instituted for and against the Bank.  
  • Perfection on titles Pledged as security and  
  • General legal advice. 
  • Reduction of advance consequences on the Bank; 
  • Reduction of Customers Complaints and Claim for damages; 
  • Reduction of Customer's complaints and resolution of outstanding issues;

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Perfection of Securities and ensuring proper securitization of documents 
  • Regular visits to Branches to scrutinize perfected securities and ensure rectification  
  • To watch bank’s briefs in Court and assist external Solicitors handling such cases where the need arises. 
  • To regularly liaise with external Solicitors handling Bank cases. 
  • To vet pleadings/draft agreements and securities prepared by external Solicitors and liaise with Head Office on  issues arising therefrom 
  • Drafting and Review of Agreements; 
  • Reduction of Legacy Cases; 
  • Reports/Returns
  • Responding to threats of Legal action
  • Engage Solicitor on Garnishee/Litigation cases
  • Legal Advice/Opinion
  • Settling legal cases pre-court
  • Title Perfection

Job Requirements: 

  • Minimum education level –LL.B, B.L from a recognized University.
  • 5 – 7 years experience

Knowledge:

  • An accomplished lawyer with a strong background in corporate legal practice and a proven ability to negotiate complex transactions and lead successful teams. 
  •  An analytical thinker, an effective communicator together with a capacity to interpret and assimilate large volumes of complex information and construct cogent arguments.
  • Must be a well-trained Barrister and Solicitor

Skill & Competencies:

  • Keen, conscientious, with a friendly disposition
  • An efficient and reliable person, can work alone or as part of a team.  
  • Can work well under extreme pressure and remain calm with the ability to prioritize.
  • A proactive person with the ability to liaise with colleagues at all levels providing support and motivation.
  • Personable and adaptable individual with excellent  communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • versatility in advocacy and solicitorship;


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