ASSISTANT LAWYER

Job Description

Salary: Competitive

This role offers and excellent opportunity to work within the Belfast Team dealing with large loss claims. In this role you will assist the lead lawyer with complex, high value High Court cases, which will include casualty as well as motor claims, including catastrophic injury cases. You will also handle your own caseload of claims valued between £100k-£250k. Experience of indemnity, liability and complex medical issues is preferred and excellent attention to detail is essential. Your work will be supervised and feedback given. The role includes the need to engage with sophisticated senior claims handlers in long-standing insurance clients and you may also be required to assist the lead lawyer with activities which enhance and develop Keoghs’ profile. Compensation Package A learning culture with employee development at the heart of the people development pathway, Excellent flexible benefits including Annual leave entitlement, Monday to Friday - 35 hours per week, Health Cash Plan, Death In Service - after 1 year, Pension Contribution Cycle to Work Scheme*, Tech Scheme*, Season Ticket Loan*, Car Parking Scheme*, Gym Flex*, Access to Online Discount Sites, Discounted Gourmet Society Membership, Discounted Tickets for Merlin Attractions nationwide, Discounts at local retail outlets, Flexible Working, 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (with the option to buy or sell 3 additional days) 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. * Handling your own caseload of claims valued between £100k-£250k * 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 Legal Assistant and/or 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 LSNI regulations. Working Hours 35 hours per weekMonday – Friday 9am – 5pm with 1 unpaid hour for lunch. Primary location for this role is Belfast Office. Essential Skills and Attributes: * Qualified solicitor 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. * 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. * Driven to achieve to take development opportunities when they arise with a positive attitude. Required Soft Skills: Personal Effectiveness Team Commitment : Values others perspective Resilience: Demonstrates self-control Passion for Growth and Improvement: Systematically improves performance Embracing Change: Responds positively to change Business Focus Client Care: Works to add value for the client Decision Making Negotiation, Influence and Persuasion Commercial Insight: Considers and understands commercial implications Values Our culture is focused on making Keoghs sustainable and successful for our people and clients, with this our values are at the heart of everything we do; Keoghs values We are connected We are dynamic We are innovative We succeed together

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