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Director & Counsel - Litigation

London, United Kingdom

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Job Description


Make an impact on our business and the business world.  


In the EMEA region, there are more than 30 lawyers and paralegals plus support staff.  The Team report in to Tim Ehinger, Managing Counsel for International, who reports in to Laureen Seeger, the Global General Counsel.


The EMEA/International litigation team reports into Bernadette Miragliotta, the Global Head of Litigation and Investigation. The US team, headed by Bernadette Miragliotta, is split between New York and Florida. The EMEA/International Litigation team manages all litigation and pre-litigation disputes, arising in the UK, and has close oversight of all litigation arising in International, and has responsibility for reporting substantive litigation to the Global Head of Litigation, Managing Counsel for International and ultimately the Global General Counsel.


We are looking for an experienced litigation lawyer for the role of Counsel. You will be responsible for managing your own portfolio of matters, as well as managing more junior lawyers in the team. You will also provide legal advice and support to Amex businesses and management throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”) region in connection with a broad range of contentious issues.


The matters advised upon will be of varying significance and complexity and will include civil/commercial litigation as well as contentious financial regulatory issues.


In this role you will report to the Managing Counsel, Global Litigation and Investigations, based in New York, but work extensively with the International GCO team at Belgrave House in London, and will play an integral part of the legal team who sit within the GCO, who provide support and advice across the full range of Amex’s businesses in the region, with emphasis on the UK.


This role provides fantastic scope for development within an in-house legal team and excellent exposure to global markets.


Key Responsibilities:


The work involved and related responsibilities will typically include the following:

  • Advising on disputes/potential disputes
  • Managing the conduct of legal proceedings, to include managing litigation in-house, as well as the selection and instruction of local external counsel and the ongoing management of related legal costs
  • Advising in relation to fraud-related, anti-money laundering, bribery and other investigations, sometimes of a regulatory nature
  • Advising upon the nature and effect of Court Orders received in connection with customers and clients (e.g. freezing orders; third party debt orders; insolvency-related court procedure etc)
  • Advising on recoveries issues, including those arising out of domestic and cross-border insolvencies
  • Working with local internal country lawyers throughout the region
  • Assisting in providing accurate reporting on litigation matters for internal stakeholders and to comply with regulatory requirements
  • Providing training and legal support to teams dealing with consumer and merchant complaints


Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.




Required skills:



  • You must be qualified to practise as a Barrister or Solicitor in England and Wales; demonstrated PQE, with experience in banking and finance litigation
  • Experience of the English legal system and civil litigation process essential
  • Experience of drafting pleadings, witness statements, and instructing barristers
  • Experience of managing/conducting substantial litigation (as a team leader or member) advantageous.
  • Relevant experience should have been obtained either in private practice or in-house with another significant financial institution.
  • Experience of managing foreign lawyers, where cases span a number of jurisdictions would be an advantage.
  • Experience dealing with consumer credit and the Payment Services Regulations would be an advantage.
  • Experience of managing junior lawyers or paralegals desirable.
  • Experience of conducting regulatory investigations desirable


  • Fluency in spoken and written English is essential.
  • Familiarity with other European languages an advantage, but not a pre-requisite.
  • Basic IT / computer skills a requirement (Word, Outlook etc).



  • Candidates should be qualified Solicitors or Barristers in the United Kingdom


Exceptional candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered for the role provided they have the necessary skills and experience.



  • Flexibility - there is a broad range of work. The successful candidate will be involved in work at all levels and should be prepared to ‘roll up his/her sleeves’.
  • Resourcefulness and commercial awareness – ability to respond to business issues often under critical time pressure
  • Communication skills – ability to relay precise information orally and in writing in a concise manner
  • Ability to work independently - to include preparedness to take the lead in making appropriate recommendations
  • Client Focus – ability to deliver high levels of client service, including to non-litigation lawyers
  • Team approach ability to promote collaboration within own peer group and throughout the organisation
  • Excellent people management skills – ability to nurture talent and further development of more junior members of the team
  • Intellectual strength and sound judgment – ability to distil information rapidly in order to identify and advise upon key legal and business issues; ability to identify when to escalate issues to line manager


Why American Express?

There’s a difference between having a job and making a difference.


American Express has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 160 years, backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards.


We’ve also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to spend with their family or community. And when they’re ready to take on a new career path, we’re right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the best future they envision.


Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.


The powerful backing of American Express.

Don’t make a difference without it.

Don’t live life without it.


To complete your application please click on the links below. However, if you require any assistance with the completion of this process – or need any reasonable adjustments to be made – then please contact the Recruitment Team on or 00800 83 000038 (for Russia based candidates 810 800 83 000038).


ReqID: 19006443
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Apr 10, 2019, 9:08:28 AM
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