National law firm who offers services across a number of key sectors: public, health, insurance, brands, retail, technology, education, financial services and international require an experienced Defendant Professional Negligence Solicitor, min 3 yrs PQE, to join their established team.
The team acts for insurers, brokers and other insurance sector clients. The fast growing team is well respected and has plans to further develop its national profile for its defendant professional negligence practice.
This is an excellent opportunity for a mid-senior level solicitor to become part of a successful and ambitious team which works on a range of professional indemnity, D&O, FI, and coverage matters. The candidate would also have opportunity to undertake contentious financial services work, including in relation to FCA Investigations and Enforcement actions.
* Against an insurance backdrop, advising and representing policyholders in contentious matters (in the County Court, High Court, TCC, commercial courts and under the Financial Ombudsman Service and other Ombudsman and consumer redress schemes and procedures) particularly where the relevant dispute arises from activity in the legal, financial services, property, technology, media or business consultancy sectors
* Dealing with challenging and novel areas of professional liability law and insurance law, including scope of duty, breach, causation, quantum and complex policy liability issues
* Reporting to insurer clients in compliance with a very exacting service and performance standards regime, especially demonstrating an aptitude for accurate reserving and setting out case plans and strategies clearly and executing those strategies pro-actively.
* In conjunction with their financial services team, advising clients in the financial services sector on non-contentious and contentious issues, including regulatory enforcement and investigations.
* Aim to deliver Excellent Client Service at all times
* Demonstrating and applying sound knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules ("CPR"), including familiarity with the post-Jackson costs, funding, offer-making (Part 36) regime, pre-action protocols, practice directions, the effective use of interim measures such as strike-out and summary judgment applications, the disclosure regime under CPR Part 31 and knowledgably instructing expert witnesses in accordance with CPR Part 35
* Applying commercial and cost-effective claims solutions, including engaging in ADR (especially mediation), expert and QC determinations, arbitrations (usually on paper) and engaging in all forms of conventional without prejudice negotiations (over the telephone, in correspondence and face-to-face)
* Developing an understanding of, and sensitivity to, relationships and tensions that can arise between policyholders and insurers, building connections with brokers and Counsel and gaining a deep understanding of the operation of the professional indemnity insurance sector generally
* Contribute to the team's marketing and business development efforts
* Solicitors are expected to record 6.5 chargeable hours per day