Associate/Senior Associate - Professional Indemnity

Location: Birmingham
Office: Birmingham
Discipline: Insurance disputes
Contact name: Sarah Freeman

Contact email: [email protected]
Contact phone: 0121 456 8300
Vacancy reference: 025210
Closing date: 23 July 2024

The role

We have a fantastic opportunity for a 3 – 6 years PQE Solicitor to join our defendant professional indemnity team on a permanent basis. You will work within our Insurance Disputes National Service Line (NSL) based in our Birmingham office, which is the Top Tier firm in the legal directories in the region for this work.

The role is to support 4 partners dealing with a wide range of professional indemnity work including claims against Accountants, Barristers, Brokers, Construction professionals, IFAs, Loss Adjusters, and Solicitors.  The team also advises Insurers on policy coverage issues. Clients are located nationally, with work referred at their nomination or directly by insurers, most of which are located close to our London office but with developed regionally based teams.

The role will require experience in dealing with professional indemnity claims as well as up to date pre-action and litigation procedure knowledge. Ideally, you will have gained your experience in private practice at a large regional or City law firm.  

The team

This is an opportunity to join the leading and prestigious professional indemnity team in the West Midlands, ranked as No1 in the legal directories. You will be working in a team of over 20 lawyers, including four Partners (David Gooding, Angus Turner, Neil Frankland and James Thompson) and six Principal Associates.

The team is part of the firm-wide Insurance Disputes NSL, which is headed up by Niall Innes, and supported by a professional support lawyer. You will also work with other partners in the Insurance Disputes NSL on specific projects or as part of a wider client service team.

The person

Given the responsibilities in of this role, it’s likely that your background and experience will:

  • Degree educated (2:1), or equivalent.
  • Litigation experience and strong analytical skills..
  • Lateral thinking and problem solving skills.
  • A self-starter who takes the initiative.
  • Flexibility to work with and supervise team members.
  • Good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources.

The role also requires someone who:

  • is self-managed and confident in setting and prioritising their own work agenda.
  • has excellent written as well as verbal communication skills and so is able to demonstrate that they can convey complex matters in a way that different audiences can understand.
  • is confident and able to build sustainable relationships with clients, lawyers and internal colleagues is organised and methodical in how they approach their work.
  • has excellent attention to detail.
  • is a team player.
  • is willing to take on new responsibilities and challenges

The package

As you’d expect, we offer a competitive salary and a wide range of benefits.  You can find out more about our core staff benefits here.

Pre-employment screening

If we make you an offer for a role, we will conduct a range of pre-employment screening. This will include, but is not limited to, a basic DBS check, right to work check, address verification, any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability for the role. Full details of our screening process are available on request.

The firm

Mills & Reeve is centred on achieving more for clients, their businesses and the wider communities we serve.

Our clients and their industries benefit from our knowledge and learning – on everything from wellbeing, diversity and inclusion to global trends. The wider community benefits from a focus on sustainability in client and business decisions.

Clients get a consistent experience with no surprises – we tell them what they need to know, when they need to know it. Our sector and market expertise helps us understand clients’ issues. And our technology and innovations help them achieve more with less effort.

We build personal relationships, with advice individually tailored to individual need. And if clients need things we don’t offer, we draw on our network to give recommendations.

Our 1,250 plus people and over 750 lawyers share one vision – achieving more for clients. 

By joining Mills & Reeve, you’ll have the chance to build your skills and experience within a firm that’s not only ranked in the top 50 UK law firms, but also one that truly values their people. Our mantra is “Achieve more. Together.”, which we feel embodies our purpose and is more than just a catchphrase!

We’ve been listed in the Best Companies to Work For list the last 20 years - the only law firm to have achieved this, and we hold Platinum Investors in People status, something which only 6% of 50,000 assessed organisations achieve. We’ve also been ranked in the top 10 of RollOnFriday’s Best Law Firms To Work At list for the past eight years, taking the top spot in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Don’t just take our word for it though. Have a read through our  People Perspectives to find out more about some of our team and their experiences at Mills & Reeve.

And finally

Everyone at Mills & Reeve brings a unique perspective and ideas to the team and we do everything we can to help each person to thrive. We’re committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment, are happy to consider flexible working arrangements, and want to achieve the right balance for both our people and the firm. We encourage everyone to ask if they feel they need any workplace adjustments, and will do our best to support with these.

Promoting equality and diversity across our firm is a key pillar of our strategy, and our five staff networks are an integral part of this. To find out more about our diversity and inclusion work, visit our webpage here