Senior Associate - Insurance Disputes (Construction)

Location: Birmingham
Discipline: Insurance Disputes
Contact name: Oliver Steel

Contact email:
Contact phone: 0121 456 8399
Vacancy reference: 013950
Published: 5 months ago
Duration: Permanent
Closing date: 30 June 2022

What does the role involve?

We are looking for an experienced senior solicitor familiar with construction related contracts and disputes. You will work within our Insurance Disputes National Service Line (NSL), based in our Birmingham office.

You will provide a wide range of general and specialist insurance coverage and claims defence advice requiring excellent knowledge of insurance policy wordings, and some general knowledge of the London insurance market and, Lloyds regulatory issues. The work involves advising on scope of policy on cover so, policy interpretation experience is essential as is up to date knowledge of court and dispute resolution process and strategy.

The work frequently involves building contracts so familiarity with construction appointment documents, collateral warranties and JCT and other standard contract documentation is required.

You will have excellent team working skills and a leadership mind set, taking responsibility for a caseload of complex work advising both insurers and their insureds.

Areas of work are:

  • Construction professional indemnity including, architects, engineers, design & build contractors and other construction professionals.

  • Professional indemnity, including solicitors, barristers, accountants and brokers.

  • Coverage on primary and excess layers.

Client Base

  • An enviable list of major insurers, MGAs and Lloyds syndicates

  • Insureds

What experience is required?

You will be 5+ years qualified with experience gained in a City firm or large regional firm. You will have a good background in commercial litigation and/or professional indemnity litigation, and insurance coverage disputes.

What skills and attributes would I need?

  • Good academics

  • Excellent written English and ability to produce clear, logical drafting

  • Numeracy

  • Negotiating skills

  • Lateral thinking and problem solving skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with evidence of leadership experience

  • Flexibility to work with and supervise team members

  • Effective time and matter management and a systematic approach to work

  • Proactive team player

  • IT literacy

  • Good research skills

  • An enthusiasm for marketing with clients and multipliers

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability.

Disclosure and barring service check and security clearance

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (to check for any previous criminal convictions) and, given the nature of the work-type, you may also be required to undergo national security vetting to SC level – the latter can be undertaken following commencement of employment.

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.