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Associate - Insurance Litigation (3-5 PQE)
Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm, which now employs more
than 900 people with over 550 lawyers offering a wide range of legal
services to companies and individuals.
Based in London and Singapore, the firm services an international
community of clients and provides advice in situations where the
constraints of geography often do not apply. The work it undertakes is
cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex, spanning six core
practice areas: Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Employment;
Intellectual Property; Private; and Real Estate.
Mishcon de Reya has grown rapidly in recent years, showing more than
70% revenue growth in the past five years alone. In 2015, the firm
moved into a purpose designed building on Kingsway, and has converted
to both an alternative business structure and LLP.
Mishcon de Reya prides itself on the diverse range of people who make
up the firm. The central role played by the Academy, the firm’s
in-house place of learning, development and new thinking, and its
active and innovative social impact strategy is reflected in its
Investors in People Platinum standard.
The Litigation Department
Mishcon de Reya LLP has one of the largest and most comprehensive
Dispute Resolution offerings in London; over half of the Firm"s
lawyers are litigators. From a core of Fraud litigators we have built
a team that covers most major areas of the Dispute Resolution world
including: Business Crime, Tax, Competition and Anti-Trust,
International Arbitration, Intellectual Property and Fraud Defence.
Each dispute requires a bespoke solution, sometimes aggressive,
sometimes measured. We fight our client’s corner: we take ownership of
our client"s dispute so that we can resolve it as effectively as
possible. We fiercely guard our clients" interests.
The Insurance Litigation Group
Our insurance litigation group acts predominantly for corporate
policyholders on coverage issues and disputes across a wide range of
industries and lines. Our experience covers the whole process, from
advising on risk programmes, mergers and acquisitions and other
commercial agreements – but our focus is on managing and litigating
policyholder disputes against insurers. Our focus on the policyholder
enables us to remain almost conflict free.
We treat the claim as an asset to be recovered and take proactive and
decisive action to fight each client"s corner. Our understanding of
the nuances of the industry and the challenges faced by insurers and
claims handlers means we are able to suggest pragmatic, commercial
solutions that bring about a speedy and, where necessary, discrete conclusion.
Our experience of the litigation funding and after-the-event
insurance market means that we can transfer the cost risk of the legal
proceedings to level the playing field when battling a large opponent.
The group"s profile is strong. It is regularly involved in
high-profile claims (many of which are confidential), including
current involvement in what is likely to be the most significant and
largest insurance coverage claim to be decided by the English courts
for many years to come: the FCA Test Case dealing with coverage for
Covid19 business interruption losses. The group successfully
intervened and is working alongside the FCA, representing the
interests of two action groups (HIGA and Hiscox) as has been widely
reported in the press and social media.
London remains the hub of the insurance world with many insurers
still writing their business back to London and using English
jurisdiction to resolve disputes. However, our lawyers also have
experience of handling insurance work emanating from all over the
globe. Recent matters have originated from the US, Egypt, Lebanon,
Oman, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Areas we cover include: cyber risk; D&O; political risk; product
liability; professional indemnity and negligence; property damage and
business interruption. Sectors and industries include: life sciences;
construction, M&A, food & beverage; luxury & retail;
betting & gaming, and automotive.
Our team represents those requiring advice in relation to: •
Policy coverage disputes• Insurance programmes and risk
management• Mergers & Acquisitions• Commercial
contracts• Insolvency run off issues• Reinsurance
There is a high level of responsibility from the outset, working as
part of the Insurance team, whilst being responsible for carrying and
managing a diverse and busy caseload.
There is a high level of responsibility from the outset, so our team
are naturally self-motivated, enthusiastic and possess a positive
attitude towards the challenges and opportunities of managing a
diverse and busy workload. Successful candidates will need to be able
to inspire the trust and confidence of clients and colleagues, with a
real focus on building long lasting relationships. They will also
demonstrate the flair and gravitas required in order for them to
flourish in our dynamic working environment.
Candidates will be confident in managing client relationships,
workloads and priorities. We are looking for proactive applicants who
are ambitious and have lots of drive and enthusiasm. Candidates should
be commercial, creative legal thinkers wanting to develop a business,
who are able to approach matters from a legal and commercial
perspective. Sound commercial acumen is therefore a necessity, as well
as the ability to "think on your feet".
In the context of the above job profile, successful candidates are expected:
• To manage all client work allocated by the Partners and other
solicitors within the Group and sometimes across the wider Department.
• To ensure that all client work is progressed in a timely fashion
and that the client is kept regularly informed on progress and costs.
• At all times to exercise high standards of client care in a
professional and pleasant manner.
• To demonstrate excellent written and interpersonal skills in order
to meet the drafting and presentation aspects of the role.
• To ensure the confidentiality and security of all of the Firm’s
client documentation and information.
• To demonstrate excellent organisational and prioritising skills to
meet the demands of challenging and commercial internal and external clients.
• To demonstrate a willingness to support clients out of hours and on
weekends (on occasion), providing urgent round-the-clock advice.
• To achieve agreed levels of billing and time recording.
• To maintain clear communication links with colleagues in the Firm.
• To ensure good working relationships with colleagues, clients and
• To take responsibility for and attend to self-development.
• To take a keen interest in undertaking business development
activities both internally and externally.
• 3-5 years PQE gained within a comparable environment;
• Expertise within insurance litigation;
• Excellent team player;
• Excellent attention to detail;
• Excellent organisational skills;
• Ability to effectively manage own workload;
• Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels;
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Personable and confident, able to build relationships with
partners/ key stakeholders;
• Resilient and calm under pressure;
• Adaptable and flexible approach;
• Pro-active and takes initiative.
No Agencies - applications from recruitment agencies will not
Please note that this job profile is not an exhaustive list of
duties but merely an outline of the key components of the role. You
may be required by your line manager to take on additional
responsibilities when requested.
Diversity & Inclusion lie at the heart of our core values. At
Mishcon de Reya, our aim is to promote and foster a culture which
embraces diversity, respect for the individual and the expression of
talent, to empower individuals to fulfil their, and the firm’s,
potential. In order to support this, we recognise the importance of
flexible and agile working and are open to having conversations on how
this could work for you and our business.
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