A day in the life of Ellie Shute – Associate at Teal Compliance

Ellie Shute, Associate and Compliance Consultant at Teal Compliance


If you’re interested in a career in compliance, our associate,  Ellie Shute, talks about life at Teal Compliance, and what her work involves. 

About me

When I was studying law at university, the whole concept of compliance was a bit of a mystery to me. Surprisingly, I ended up falling into it after graduating. I embarked on a journey through various roles in different law firms, ranging from international researcher to compliance analyst. Along the way, I discovered my passion for navigating the realm of risk. So, when the opportunity to dive into AML compliance at Teal Compliance presented itself, I leapt at it without hesitation.

I’ve been part of the Teal team for a year now, and it’s been quite a ride. Stepping into the start-up life was a fresh experience for me, but I had a gut feeling that I’d made the right call. Working directly with my own clients has been incredibly rewarding. I’ve had the chance to forge relationships with diverse individuals and witness first-hand how my work can truly make a meaningful impact.

My role

When a firm needs assistance or guidance on anything related to AML, I’m their go-to person. My role covers a wide range of duties, from addressing spontaneous ‘Ask Teal‘ enquiries to crafting comprehensive policies and procedures from the ground up.

A significant portion of my time is dedicated to conducting audits for our clients, which involves conducting a thorough 360-degree examination of the firm. I’ll delve into their policies, interact with their staff, and scrutinise their client files. It’s during these audits that you truly get to dive deep into the inner workings of a firm and discover what drives it.

In between all this, you can catch me participating in our webinars, ‘Teal Talks,’ where we discuss various AML hot topics. Alternatively, you might find me crisscrossing the UK, delivering training sessions for our clients.

A typical day

I know it might sound like a cliché, but seriously, no two days are alike in my line of work! My schedule is usually booked weeks in advance with client tasks, so I have a rough idea of what’s coming. But you never know what surprises the day might bring.

When I’m in the middle of an audit for a client, one day I’ll be digging through their files, determining if they meet AML requirements. On another day, I’ll be chatting with staff members at a firm to see how much they know about their own company’s policies and procedures.

In the midst of all this, when I’m back at the office, my time is sprinkled with tea & cake breaks, impromptu quizzes, and convincing my colleagues to come and eat pizza with me at lunch.

What I love about what I do

One of the things that I love about my job is seeing how my work directly impacts our clients. We often work with small firms just dipping their toes into AML, and through our efforts at Teal, we help them kick-start their compliance journey and navigate the regulatory landscape.

On the flip side, we also have massive magic circle clients where I spend my time chatting to senior staff from around the globe about the regulations in their jurisdictions. It’s like a dream come true for the researcher in me!

Another aspect of my job that I greatly appreciate is the chance to apply my skills in fresh and innovative ways. Having previously worked as an international researcher, where my responsibilities included reviewing and analysing legislation from various countries, I had the opportunity while working at Teal, to take the lead in a significant audit for an esteemed magic circle firm. This audit involved the assessment of all of their international offices, and presenting my findings and recommendations to their senior team – the entire experience was truly remarkable.

Find out more

To find out more about a career with Teal, visit our careers page.


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