Legal Officer – Litigation Jobs – DFCU Bank

Job Title:      Legal
Officer – Litigation
Organization: DFCU
Bank
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Chief
Legal Officer  
About US:
DFCU Bank is a fast
growing commercial bank offering a variety of innovative products and services.
DFCU Limited was started by the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) of
the United Kingdom and the Government of Uganda through the Uganda Development
Corporation (UDC) under the name of Development Finance Company of Uganda Limited.
Later restructuring brought in DEG (of Germany) and International Finance
Corporation (IFC) as equal partners with CDC and UDC, each having a 25% stake
in the company. Its objective was to support long-term development projects
whose financing needs and risk did not appeal to the then existing financial
commercial lending institutions.
Job Summary:  The Legal Officer – Litigation is mainly responsible
for providing legal support to various functions of Bank including litigation,
debt recovery, contract and general legal advisory services
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Receive accounts from Credit Department’s Recovery Unit of clients
    that have failed to pay with a view of placing a final legal demand to the
    client before repossession of our leased asset(s) and or commencement of
    the realization process of the security.
  • Meeting with defaulters that respond to legal final demands to
    ensure that all legal formalities for recovery of a debt are complied with
    and to find an easier way of recovering debt without any legal opposition.
  • Legal investigation to establish whether there are any bottlenecks
    that will hinder the recovery process subsequent to placing of a final
    legal demand.
  • Appointment of auctioneers and receivers, and monitor such person
    appointed to ensure that as they perform their task the proper legal
    procedures for eviction, disposal and realization of security are complied
    with.
  • Receiving all court process (notices to sue, summons, pleadings)
    filed against dfcu Bank to avoid receiving pleadings that are not properly
    served as required by the Law.
  • Attend Court where dfcu Bank is sued or is suing as a representative
    of the Company and ensure proper legal representation by external Counsel
    and further provide clarity to Court matters that appear unclear in the
    deal structuring and other matters as Court may desire to arrive at a good
    judgment.
  • Monitoring external law firms to ensure that timelines for filing
    defenses or replies as set by the Law are met. Regularly meet with the
    firms to agree on strategy as to how the matter shall be conducted to
    achieve desired results.
  • Maintain good rapport with all Legal Counsel to develop a strategy
    and common understanding on how to execute instructions of the Bank in an
    efficient, cost effective and timely manner to ensure timely and
    cost-effective means of resolution of disputes.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the DFCU Bank Legal Officer – Litigation placement
    must hold a University degree in Law.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
  • Enrolled Advocate of the High Court & all Courts subordinate
    thereto.
  • Four years of experience in a law firm
  • Knowledge in Finance is an added advantage.
  • Good grasp and in-depth knowledge of the principles and laws
    governing Banking & Corporate Law, Leasing/Asset Finance, Laws
    governing Land & Mortgages among others.
  • Good grasp of the Civil Procedure Act and Rules to ably guide
    external Lawyers on how to best represent the Bank.
  • Knowledge of the law and best practice on repossession, realization
    security and receiverships.
  • Exposure of working in a busy private law firm handling Litigation
    and recoveries matters.
  • Ability to negotiate, articulate and make a case for dfcu when the
    Bank is sued or intends to sue.
  • Good legal research skills.
  • Ability to identify potential litigation matters and advise on how
    to avert court action and if inevitable, develop a strategy for a good
    defense.
  • Computer literacy in Word, Excel and other applications incidental
    thereto.
How to Apply:
All candidates who
so wish to join the banking sector in the aforementioned capacity are
encouraged to send their applications with detailed CVs including present
position and copies of relevant professional/academic certificates (University
Transcript, O & A level) to: Vacanciesbank@dfcugroup.com
Deadline: 28th June 2019
NB: dfcu
Bank does not solicit/accept payment in cash/kind from prospective candidates
in exchange for shortlisting or job placement. Any candidate who engages in
this kind of transaction is aiding and abetting fraud and will be automatically
disqualified.
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