Keoghs

Assistant Lawyer - Fixed Term Contract or Secondment

Keoghs

Keoghs is a top 50 law firm, focusing on the insurance sector, acting on behalf for leading insurers, businesses and suppliers to the insurance industry for over 50 years.

We handle general insurance claims of all types, from the lowest value disputes through to the largest catastrophic losses.
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This role offers an excellent opportunity to work within the Complex Injury Claims Team, assisting Helen White on complex, high value catastrophic injury RTA claims. Experience of indemnity, liability and complex medical issues is preferred and excellent attention to detail essential. Your work will be supervised and feedback given. The role also includes the need to engage with sophisticated senior claims handlers in long-standing insurance clients. In this role you may also be required to assist your Lead Lawyer in activities which enhance and develop Keoghs’ profile. This role has the potential for excellent development opportunities if desired.

Key Accountabilities

You will work as part of a team progressing each file from receipt of papers from the insurer client to resolution of the claim. The role will include:

  • Working with the Lead Lawyer to manage a caseload of complex injury claims including high value multi-track and catastrophic injury claims involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and fatal claims.
  • Communicating with sophisticated insurer clients, dealing with their queries and updating them as the matter progresses.
  • Forensic analysis of voluminous quantum evidence, preparing chronologies, identifying anomalies and other relevant information across various sources and categories of evidence.
  • Using your existing knowledge of complex injury symptomology to identify relevant issues within medical records in order to instruct medical experts, drawing key issues to their attention.
  • Critical analysis of sources of liability evidence and identifying any gaps.
  • Drafting concise technical advice on all aspects of claim handling to include advice on indemnity, liability, quantum and causation issues and claims resolution for strategy discussion with the Lead Lawyer.
  • Proactively identifying next steps required on matter, discussing those aspects with the Lead Lawyer and taking action as agreed.
  • Interviewing witnesses and drafting statements.
  • Liaising with parties involved in claims including the insured, insurer, witnesses etc.
  • Drafting pleadings and applications.
  • Instructing counsel and attending conferences, JSMs, mediations both remotely and in person.
  • Attend court in person or by telephone, attend trials, settlement conferences etc as required.
  • Delivery of agreed performance targets and quality standards.
  • Delegate assigned tasks for a Complex Injury Paralegal and be fully engaged in their development in terms of technical ability and achievement of objectives.
  • Maintaining case managements systems with up to date management information for clients.
  • To ensure compliance with the SRA Standards & Regulations
  • Experience, Skills and Qualifications

  • Qualified solicitor, CILEX or proven relevant legal experience is essential.
  • Experience of indemnity, liability and quantum essential.
  • Experience of cases involving complex medical issues preferred.
  • Critical thinking and quantum analysis experience required.
  • Good telephone advocacy skills.
  • Positive, confident and enthusiastic.
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills including the ability to compose professional written communications.
  • Good advocacy skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal and client care skills.
  • Understanding of case law and litigation practice and process, and Court Practice Rules.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workloads, keep to deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to weigh facts, apply the law and make decisions.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and identify solutions.
  • Driven to achieve to take development opportunities when they arise with a positive attitude.
  • Calm under pressure with the ability to re-prioritise and delegate effectively when required.
  • Confidence to take initiative to innovate and adapt to changing situations.
  • Confidence to seek advice and guidance when dealing with new tasks.
  • Ability to follow instruction and with attention to detail and to give clear instruction, direction and guidance to more junior members of the team.
  • Ability to recognise when sensitivity and tact are required.
  • Ability to effectively work within a team.
  • Proficient IT skills (Word, Excel and Office).
  • Good standard of education – 5 GCSE’s grade C/5 or equivalent including maths and English.
  • Values:

    Our culture is focussed on making Keoghs sustainable and successful for our people and clients, with this our five values are at the heart of everything we do. Keoghs values:
    We listen, are down to earth and supportive
    We work together towards a common goal
    We’re friendly with a can do attitude
    We care about our clients
    We evolve

    Contract Type

    Permanent

    Area

    Complex Injury 1

    Sub Area

    Complex Injury Coventry

    Office

    Keoghs Coventry Compton Court

    Closing Date

    20 Sep 2022

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