Risk Lawyer - Claims and Insurance


London, GB

Department or practice area:  Risk Management

Taylor Wessing


Taylor Wessing is a global law firm that serves the world's most innovative people and businesses. Deeply embedded within our sectors, we work closely together with our clients to crack complex problems, enabling ideas and aspirations to thrive. Together we challenge expectation and create extraordinary results. By shaping the conversation in our sectors, we enable our clients to unlock growth, protect innovation and accelerate ambition. 


With 1000+ lawyers, 300+ partners, 29 offices and 17 jurisdictions we are looking to expand our Risk Management  team, with the addition of a Risk Lawyer - Claims and Insurance.


The opportunity for you


This role will be within our Risk Management Team based in the London office and will report to the Director of Risk. The role will involve dealing with all aspects of risk and compliance for the UK firm and some of its international operations, in particular Dubai, Ireland and the US and will also involve liaison with the Risk teams in the firm's other jurisdictions.


Key responsibilities


  • Assisting the Director of Risk in the day to day management of any claims made against the firm. This will include the investigation of potential liability and liaising with the firm's insurers and external solicitors where necessary.
  • Investigating complaints and preparing responses to the complainant and regulatory bodies where necessary.
  • Assisting the Director of Risk in arranging the insurance renewals for the firm, including Professional Indemnity, Management Liability, Cyber and General Insurance and dealing with queries in relation to the firm's cover.
  • Supporting the Director of Risk (who is also the firm's COLP) in respect of satisfying all SRA requirements and providing guidance to the firm on professional conduct issues.
  • Horizon scanning and reviewing and updating the firm's risk management policies and guidance as necessary;
  • Delivering training on risk issues.
  • Maintaining breaches registers and other registers in order to satisfy SRA and other regulatory and legislative requirements.
  • Representing the risk team on firm-wide projects to ensure risk issues are considered from the outset; and
  • Supporting other business services teams and practice area groups with ad hoc queries about risk issues.


Knowledge, skills and experience


  • A qualified lawyer of 4 years PQE+, with experience of defendant solicitors' professional negligence and/or a Risk and compliance role in a large or commercial law firm.
  • Working knowledge of regulatory issues affecting solicitors.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build trust within the business and in the team. Able to provide pragmatic and creative solutions under pressure;
  • Ability to challenge where required and still maintain relationships, especially in the face of competing demands. Ensuring that knowledge is shared with others in the relevant manner, be it in team meetings, training sessions or via policy.
  • Pro-actively supporting the rest of the risk management team, demonstrating initiative, independence and teamwork.
  • Ability to ensure wider remit and firm objectives are being considered in the context of advice provided




Here are a select few benefits that Taylor Wessing offer; 


  • Hybrid working (Offering the opportunity to work remotely, while maintaining a social boundary by working from our award-winning offices for 3 days a week) 
  • Holiday (Our basic annual holiday entitlement starts at 25 days, with a further discretionary day of paid leave in December. You may also purchase up to five extra days each year (pro rata). 
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity leave (After one-year service, you are entitled to up to 26 weeks leave full pay if you or your partner give birth or adopt a child). 


Along with these there are many more benefits we offer, with the addition of a comprehensive flexible benefits package available. 


Our culture


Nurturing a diverse, inclusive culture allows all of our talent to flourish, sparks creativity and powers innovation.  We continue to build a team that exemplifies inclusivity and reflects the firm's core values: creative, excellence, integrity, responsible, respect and team.  We value and celebrate the differences in who we are, what we have experienced and how we think, so all candidates will be treated fairly regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender identity, marital status, neurodiversity, pregnancy, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background. 


The way we work


At Taylor Wessing, we never settle for average. We're creative thinkers, problem solvers and continuous learners who excel at what we do and believe our best work is still ahead of us. We are a firm that's large enough for you to achieve your ambitions, but connected enough to be a true community.  


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