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Lawyer (Fitness and Probity)


Job Length:Contract


Firm:Central Bank of Ireland

Job Type:Full Time

Email Address:


Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

Web Address:https://www.centralbank.ie/

The Central Bank of Ireland serves the public interest by safeguarding monetary and financial stability and by working to ensure that the financial system operates in the best interests of consumers and the wider economy. They currently have a vacancy for a Lawyer (Fitness and Probity) in the Enforcement Advisory Division on a specified purpose contract for approximately 12 months in duration. The role is on the Enforcement Directorate’s Fitness and Probity Authorisations Team. These roles are aligned with the Bank Professional 3 grade and the salary scale applies. It is important to them that their people have flexibility in their role and they will shortly transition to a hybrid working model where they can balance their time between working from home and their office.


  • Provide high quality legal advice and/or analysis, including assessment of legal risks, on matters referred to Enforcement in relation to the refusal of fitness and probity applications, firm authorisations and acquiring transactions.
  • Advise on and lead pre-approval controlled function interviews.
  • Manage the conduct of referrals to RDU and the decision making process for opposition of Acquiring Transactions Communicate with relevant stakeholders including management, supervision, legal, and external legal advisers etc., to ensure a timely and appropriate response to both written and oral communications, and exercising excellent judgement in the escalation of matters arising to ensure that the appropriate matters are progressed properly.
  • Support the conduct of litigation, including appeals to the Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal and to the High Court. 
  • Take responsibility for own work outcomes and communicate these effectively within the team.
  • Work collaboratively with team members and across the Division as a whole, ensuring continuous knowledge sharing and development of best practice and procedure across the entire Division.  


  • 3+ years' post qualification experience as a barrister or as a solicitor.
  • Experience of regulatory/professional disciplinary law or procedural or administrative law.
  • Experience of working in a high pressured legal, professional services or regulatory compliance, or equivalent, environment.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Enforcements procedural and legal framework, the work and role of the Central Bank and Irish financial regulation.
  • Experience of regulatory appeals or decision making desirable.
  • Experience of advocacy and regulatory interviews beneficial.   

We know it's our people who make the Central Bank special and we are focused on creating a diverse, inclusive, fulfilling and progressive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives as it strengthens us, as individuals and as an organisation.  We are committed to positively supporting candidates with disabilities. If we can make any reasonable accommodations for you in the recruitment process in order to give you the opportunity to perform to your best, please let us know. Any information that you provide will be used only for the purposes of providing relevant support and will have no bearing on how your application will be viewed.  

Application details: 

Closing date for applications is 29 June 2022.

To apply, please complete the application form attached (via the “apply” link). This allows you to tell them why you are the best fit for the role. Before starting your application you will be asked to create a profile with them, this will allow you to track and review your application throughout the process. Click "register" to create a profile and complete the application process. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an automatic email from them acknowledging receipt. If you do not receive this auto-acknowledgement, please contact recruitment@centralbank.ie

The Central Bank pension scheme mirrors the rules of the civil service pension scheme. Therefore if you are in receipt of civil/public service pension, abatement may apply to your current pension.  Details of the appropriate pension scheme will be provided upon determination of the appointee’s status. Cuirfear fáilte roimh chomhfhreagras í nGaeilge.

The Central Bank of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

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