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8 months ago
Company benefits: Pension scheme
Location: Ireland
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: PQE 3
Contact: jonathan Brett
Sector: Professional Indemnity
Category: Associate Jobs

Associate – Dublin

Ideally, we are looking for someone with a minimum of 3 years PQE (other PQEs would be considered) with a solid and proven track record in professional indemnity and general defence work. 


DWF and the Dublin office


Recently listed as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Law Firms in Europe by the Financial Times, DWF is a global legal business with over 2900 people working in 27 offices around the world that is transforming legal services through our people for our clients.


With a well-established office in Dublin employing approx. 45 people, the Dublin partners are working on large scale international transactions and are looking for a number of high calibre and highly motivated people in the following roles.


DWF is a collective trading name for the international legal practice and multi-disciplinary commercial business comprising DWF LLP and its subsidiaries and affiliated undertakings, the practising entities of which are separate and distinct law firms and other entities.  Our lawyers are subject to the rules of the regulatory body with whom they are admitted. DWF in Ireland is a general partnership established under the laws of the Republic of Ireland.  It is regulated by the Law Society of Ireland and its principal place of business is 5 George's Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1.


The main remit of the role


Understanding client requirements and providing practical answers to problems whilst ensuring best practice and technical accuracy at all times is crucial in this role. The successful candidate will form a key part of a busy team that covers all of the following areas;


Professional indemnity work (all areas), GL claims and Personal /catastrophic injury claims,


It is an exciting opportunity to work within a busy and ambitious team within the Dublin office.


Main function of job:

To assist partners in the effective conduct of cases and to take responsibility for your own caseload under supervision. 


Significant contact with insurer and insured and privately funded clients, together with counsel, expert witnesses, the courts and other parties in a very busy and dynamic team. 


To contribute actively to practice area targets. To work on client relationship management, business development and assist with the growth of the team and its revenue.  The role presents significant opportunities for training, growth and development in a unique team.


Main Duties:


  • Provide a high quality service to clients in a commercial and professional manner managing, under supervision, a caseload of predominantly complex and/or high value cases, and assisting partners on larger matters.
  • Maintain an understanding of the latest developments in Insurance law and wider commercial litigation  and to regularly seek to update skills in addition to and outside of the CPD process, sharing learning across the team;
  • Be accountable for individual and team financial management ensuring a pro-active approach is taken to meeting individual and team targets;
  • Raise individual profile and that of DWF through coverage in the legal press and DWF promotional material, assisting to maximise own revenue with existing clients through the introduction of clients to other practice areas/groups where applicable;
  • Play a proactive role in business development including writing articles, delivering presentations and facilitating seminars;
  • Support others to perform to their potential, delegating work, providing technical and strategic advice to more junior fee earners, supervising cases and giving relevant guidance to support the development and progression of others as appropriate. Where appropriate take line management responsibilities;
  • Look outside of the Firm for new ways of working and seek to continually challenge and improve internal working practices through the professional application of skills and knowledge;
  • Develop strong internal and external working relationships based on trust and respect, ensuring there is regular communication within the practice area/group and with the external clients;
  • Understand the relevant marketplace and identify what opportunities and risks exist and how DWF can exploit or prepare for them;
  • Maintain visibility and accessibility across the team and manage client relationships during delivery of high quality service.


The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation.


Key skills/knowledge required:

  • Qualified lawyer with high level of Insurance expertise and an ability to apply it in a commercial and professional way achieving good results on large/complex cases.
  • Ideally the successful candidate will also have expertise in at least one wider area of Insurance law.
  • Able to develop the business in terms of both existing and new clients.
  • Proven track record of working in an environment with a high level of autonomy and responsibility. 
  • Effective team player with collaborative and supportive approach.
  • Proactive in developing own expertise and skills and in sharing learning with others. 

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at DWF

Nurturing talent is very important to us.  We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will positively impact on our clients and communities in which we live and work.  At DWF we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.

Disability Support

As an inclusive employer, DWF wants to see every candidate performing at their best. Please log in to Clear Talents to tell us what reasonable adjustments you may need and to discover how we might improve your recruitment experience, examples of reasonable adjustments could include: additional time for exercises, a hearing induction loop, a request for information in an alternative format. DWF are committed to an ongoing programme of improvements to provide access to all.


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