Senior Associate - Insurance (London)

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Fixed Term

Preferred location

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Qualified Lawyer
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What does the role involve?


We need a Senior Associate to join the Insurance Disputes team based in our London office on a 12 month fixed term basis. You will provide a wide range of general and specialist insurance coverage and claims defence advice requiring 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 ad strategy.


You will have excellent team working and leadership skills, have managed a team and be familiar with a variety of leadership tools and strategies.


Areas of work are:

  • Professional indemnity 

  • Casualty

  • Coverage on primary and excess layers

Client base

  • Indemnity insurers

  • Insureds

Why should I apply?


Mills & Reeve LLP has been listed as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, for the last 17 years. We were winners of the firm of the year Roll on Friday Firm for 2020.  


What experience is required?


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


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

  • Evidence of working in house for an insurer, and the management of their claims and coverage portfolio, with particular regard to all aspects of the indemnity arrangements for legal practitioners including solicitors and barristers

  • 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

Who would I be working with?


You will work with partners Niall Innes and Neil Howes and the wider London based partner group. The team is part of the firm-wide Insurance Disputes NSL, which is led by Stephen King, 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.


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 access your character and suitability. 

Disclosure and barring service check 


This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.


The firm


What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm ¿ they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 


Why not find out more about what it¿s like to work at Mills & Reeve by taking two minutes to watch our video? video link


And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.


Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. Please click the link below to find further information regarding our diversity policy. Policy link


If you would like any more information about Mills & Reeve, you can visit our website by clicking on the following link: M&R website link


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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

More information can be found here.

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