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about 1 year ago
Sintons LLP
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Category: Lawyer Jobs
Catastrophic/High Value Defendant Insurance Lawyer

About the Role

A rare opening in our specialist catastrophic insurance department which arises as part of our strategy for organic growth. We are looking for a leading Defendant lawyer with an established reputation of acting for UK insurers in multi-million pound road traffic personal injury claims.

This is a senior position with the opportunity for partnership.

A key component of the job is to work with our current Head of Insurance to assist in the continued growth of the insurance practice to nurture longstanding existing relationships and to develop new insurance connections.

The role encompasses day to day handling of catastrophic cases as well as operating within the department and firm at a senior executive level.

The successful candidate will have a track record in the UK motor insurance market and preferably an insurance client following.

The candidate must have experience of working collaboratively with senior members of large loss technical teams including head of claims. They should have strong technical skills developed through successfully defending motor claims involving brain injury, spinal cord and amputation. They will also have good experience of acting against and working with the Claimant lawyers who regularly practice in this area such as Irwin Mitchell, Stewarts and Slater & Gordon.

The role will involve assisting and overseeing the work of the department as a whole alongside existing partners.

The successful applicant will reside and work in Newcastle but spend time on cases across the country, particularly in London.

About the Department

We are recognised as a leading advisor to the UK motor insurance market in the niche area of catastrophic injury. Over the past four decades we have established a reputation of excellence in this specialist area.

Sintons are the only firm in the North East who undertake major catastrophic motor insurance work.

We employ top quality experienced lawyers and have a high staff retention rate, envied by many of our competitors. Stable teams and retaining experienced staff provides a significant benefit to our insurance clients.

We deploy sophisticated IT including case management systems and have a dedicated in-house costs team.

Our Head of Department Jamie McCabe is one of only eight lawyers across the whole of the UK to be named in Band 1 of Chambers’ 2017 Personal Injury listings, in recognition of his experience in defending catastrophic injury claims.

Jamie is praised for his “excellent attention to detail and negotiating skills” and his ability to “pick up really little technical points that can make or break a case”.

In addition, the team was rated as one of the best in the North of England by the 2017 Legal 500. Jamie, regularly hailed as a leader in his field, was named as the leading individual in the North of England, with the Legal 500 saying his “analytical mind and meticulous attention to detail makes him one of the best”.

Frank Matthewson, Partner in the department, is also lauded as a highly regarded “specialist” in defending catastrophic injury claims.

The successful candidate will work closely with Jamie, Frank and the other Partners in the department.

We act on behalf of a growing portfolio of UK motor insurers. We have longstanding insurance client relationships and have been appointed to various limited specialist panels to deal with catastrophic injury work.

The successful candidate will assist in the retention and growth of our insurance client base.

About us

We are a market leading full service law firm based in Newcastle upon Tyne acting for clients throughout the UK and further afield.

Our vision is to set the standard for legal excellence and in doing so become the law firm of choice for businesses, organisations and individuals both regionally and nationally. We will deliver an outstanding service provided by people who understand our clients’ needs, take pride in what they do and how they do it.

With 180 employees including 33 partners and 100 lawyers, we are one of the largest law firms in the North East. Our client base includes large companies, owner managed businesses, healthcare professionals, leisure operators and rural businesses.

How to apply:

Please send your CV with a covering letter via the link below.

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