Senior Associate - Insurance Disputes (Construction) - London

Location: United Kingdom
Office: London
Discipline: Insurance disputes
Contact name: Oliver Steel

Contact email:
Contact phone: 07918 207370
Vacancy reference: 020229
Closing date: 07 May 2023

The role 

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Associate to join the team on a full time, permanent basis. This role will have as its primary focus being professional indemnity claims against construction professionals including architects, surveyors, engineers, and design and build contractors.

The role will encompass providing a wide range of general and specialist insurance coverage and claims defence advice to the London market. It will require excellent knowledge of insurance policy wordings and some general knowledge of the London insurance market and Lloyds regulatory issues.

The work will require familiarity with construction appointment documents, collateral warranties and the JCT and other standard contract documentation.


The team

You will primarily work with partner Nicolas Oldham and Principal Associate Adele Evans out of the London Office, but also other partners within the wider Insurance Disputes Partner group. The London based construction team consists of three Principal Associates, two Senior Associates and up to four Associates. The London based construction team is headed up by Nicolas Oldham. Nicolas is part of a wider London Insurance disputes team of five Partners and around twenty other Lawyers. The London team is itself part of a firm-wide Insurance Disputes NSL, which is headed up by Niall Innes.


What skills and attributes would I need?

  • Good academics
  • Excellent written English and ability to produce clear, logical drafting
  • Numeracy skills
  • Negotiation 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


What else should I know?

This is an ideal opportunity to build your skills and experience with a major UK law firm, listed as one of the “Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For” for the last 18 years - the only law firm to achieve this. This year we were named as Roll on Friday’s Firm of the Year. We have also achieved the much sought after Three Star Accreditation and been named as one of 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For as a result of outstanding levels of staff engagement and the firm’s commitment to creating a positive working environment for all employees.

Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm renowned for its outstanding service to national and international clients, for its collaborative culture and for its deep sector expertise.


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.