The insurance lawyer acts for and advises insurers across a broad range of claims against their insureds. In broad terms this can involve insured professionals in professional indemnity claims or insureds in liability claims concerning personal injury or property damage. There may also be the opportunity to become involved in recovery work for insurance clients. Assuming indemnity and coverage under the policy is available to the insured, then the insurance lawyer will act on behalf of the insured under direction from the insurer.
Relevant Qualifications and Traits
- Law degree and admission (or no bar to admission) to Law Society
- Sound technical legal skills
- Responsible for own active caseload
- Experience and interest in supervisory responsibilities
- IT literate
- Verbal and numerical reasoning skills
- Analyse and evaluate information logically
- Creative/imaginative, articulate and fluent
- Good level of written skill
- Attention to detail
- Good planning skills
- Marketing skills
- Public speaking skills
- Solid legal writing skills
- Independent thinker
- Assertive, able to take responsibility for others.
- Able to relate well to a range of clients, peer groups and staff
- Self motivated
- Outgoing personality
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Enthusiastic by nature
- Real interest in the law and current legal issues
- Down to earth approach
- Resilient and calm under pressure
- Team player
- Quality and Client Service – to regularly monitor and actively manage the standard and qualify of work produced.
- To actively manage and develop relationships with clients. Co-ordinating and supporting the efforts of the team/division.
- Financial – active involvement in the delivery of the annual budget through the generation of fee income and ongoing monitoring of expenditure.
- Management/Professional Skills – managing resources to ensure all employees receive coaching and support, encourage a working environment of highly motivated line reports, through personal involvement in their development.
- Marketing – proactively seek new business opportunities from existing and new clients by working closely with Marketing/Business Development.
- Relationship with Staff – coach team/division members in both technical and management aspects of tasks.
- Personal/Professional – to actively seek self-development in professional qualifications and personal continuous professional development techniques.