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Assistant Lawyer - Professional Indemnity

Employer
Keoghs
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
4 Dec 2021

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Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Our Professional Indemnity team in Liverpool are looking to recruit a qualified solicitor/ FILEX. The team has an excellent reputation. It is ranked highly in both Chambers and Legal 500.

Excellent team of pre-litigation and litigation experts who deliver real value for money. "They have good legal knowledge, great understanding of complex situations and are in my view first among many good professional negligence practitioners. ' Legal 500 2021

JOB PURPOSE:

The successful individual will work closely with the partners in the team on high value and multi-party claims, as well as running smaller value claims themselves. There are excellent opportunities for professional development, client interaction & secondments with insurers as well as developing on to deal with their own high value, complex claims over time.

The team handles claims against many different types of professionals including engineers, architects, surveyors, solicitors, accountants, brokers, IFAs and veterinary surgeons as well as defending the professionals in disciplinary proceedings before their professional bodies. In addition the team deals with policy coverage advice and disputes in professional indemnity matters and also across other classes of insurance. The workload is therefore wide and varied and will cover claims when they are handled through the pre-action protocol, at ADR and through litigation and arbitration. The role requires both technical and communication skills.

This is an opportunity where the team members are willing to invest their time and expertise in making this a long and successful career for the successful candidate in the competitive area of Professional Indemnity.

ACCOUNTABILITIES:

• Reviewing documents and preparing reports

• Handling their own smaller matters

• Liaising with the Insured and Insurers

• Dealing with disclosure

• Reviewing evidence

• Conducting investigations

• Instructing Counsel/Experts

• Research

• Drafting generally

• Attending conferences and trials/ disciplinary hearings with Counsel

• Dealing with routine correspondence

• Court appointments

• Ensuring compliance with the SRA Code of Conduct 2019 and relevant Service Standards

• Taking part in seminars/ training for insurer clients

Working Hours - this is a full time 35 hour position but we will consider part-time, covering a minimum of 4 days

Essential skills & experience:

  • Previous litigation and (ideally but not essential) professional indemnity experience or policy coverage
  • A knowledge and understanding of the types of disputes handled by the department and claims handled by the department's insurer clients
  • An ability to prioritise workload
  • An ability to communicate in writing and prepare succinct and concise reports
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Ability to work with case management systems
  • The personal skills to deal with such work as major and expensive litigation involving liaison with senior claims handlers
  • Legal qualification required i.e. Solicitor / FILEX or equivalent


Desirable:

· Previous defendant insurance and professional indemnity experience

Compensation & Benefits:

· Salary to be discussed on application

· 25 days holiday per year (opportunity to buy & sell 3 days)

· Family Cover Private Medical Insurance Bupa

· Health Cash Plan

· Life assurance

· Critical Illness Cover

· PHI/Income Protection

· Pension Contribution based

· Cycle to Work Scheme*

· Tech Scheme*

· Season Ticket Loan*

· Car Parking Scheme*

· Gym Flex*

· Access to Online Discount Sites

· Discounted Gourmet Society Membership

· Discounted Tickets for Merlin Attractions nationwide

· Discounts at local retail outlets

*after successfully completing probation

Our culture is focussed on making Keoghs sustainable and successful for our people and clients, with this our five values are at the heart of everything we do;

Keoghs values

We listen, are down to earth and supportive

We work together towards a common goal

We're friendly with a can do attitude

We care about our clients

We evolve
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