Senior/Principal Associate - Insurance Disputes

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

Contact email:
Contact phone: 0121 456 8399
Vacancy reference: 013992
Published: 5 months ago
Duration: Permanent
Closing date: 22 May 2022

What does the role involve?

We are looking for a Principal Associate or Senior Associate to join the Insurance Disputes team based in our Norwich office. You will provide a range of insurance and financial claims advice, insurance coverage advice, and potentially broader commercial disputes advice.  This will require excellent knowledge of the London insurance market, Lloyds regulatory issues, coverage and policy interpretation as well as up to date knowledge of court and dispute resolution process and strategy. You will have excellent team working and leadership skills, and ideally will have managed a team and be familiar with a variety of leadership tools and strategies.

Areas of work include, professional indemnity, financial disputes, casualty and coverage on primary and excess layers. Our client base includes, indemnity insurers, insureds and financial service providers.

What experience is required?

You will be 5+ years PQE with insurance experience gained in private practice at a large regional or City law firm or in-house for a global insurer or MGA.

What skills and attributes would I need?

  • Good academics.
  • Excellent written English and ability to produce clear, logical drafting.
  • Negotiating, lateral thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,  with evidence of leadership experience.
  • Evidence of working in private practice or in-house in a team managing claims and coverage disputes.
  • Flexibility to work with and supervise team members.
  • Effective time and matter management and a systematic approach to work.
  • Proactive team player.
  • Excellent IT literacy and research skills.
  • Enthusiasm for marketing with clients and multipliers.

Who would I be working with?

You will work with Partner Neil Davies and the wider Insurance Disputes Partner group. 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 convictions.

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.