Our Construction Insurance practice forms a key part of our well established and highly regarded national Insurance Disputes Team.
We have an impressive track record in successfully defending complex construction disputes and have been providing specialist advice in the insurance market for over 40 years. The Insurance Disputes Team specialise in the defence of high value and complex claims against professionals and our construction insurance practice encompasses claims against contractors, specialist sub-contractors, architects, engineers, interior designers, consultants, surveyors, valuers and planners. We are acting in a number of the most high profile construction disputes and public inquiries in the industry at present.
We have new opportunities for Lawyers to join the team in London.
So what will you be doing?
With no two claims the same in this varied role you'll work on disputes across multiple professions within the construction sphere as well as undertaking detailed policy coverage investigations. You'll defend claims against all types of construction professional and advise them and their Insurers on strategy and case management. You will develop contacts and relationships with both Insureds and Insurer clients and assist in the long term development of the business.
We work closely alongside our Construction & Engineering Team who provide the full range of construction related dispute and transactional advice, so there is also the opportunity to get involved in non-insurance related construction disputes. The majority of our fee-earners get the opportunity to go on client secondment which will help you to better understand our clients' commercial endeavours.
What does the ideal candidate look like?
Our team is expanding and we are looking to recruit at Associate, Managing Associate and Legal Director level. You will ideally have at least 5 years PQE in the defence of professional indemnity disputes with considerable experience in the defence of construction professional indemnity claims on behalf of Insureds and Insurers. We are also keen to hear from you if you have pure construction disputes experience and are interested in expanding your career to include construction insurance.
Ideally you'll have worked at a large regional or city firm. Experience of insurance policy coverage issues will give your application a distinct advantage. You'll show strong academic ability, a thorough approach to complex legal analysis, with swift assimilation of complicated sets of facts. Your written advice will be fluent and concise and your high level of commerciality will enable you to address the client's overall objectives. Strong interpersonal skills will give you the ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with the different interests of insurers and insureds and to build strong relationships with clients.
Who are we?
A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.
In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare; Insurance, Manufacturing; Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.
What makes it great to work here?
We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits! We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships.
Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued. We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody). We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work. We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders. We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.
If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!
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