Contentious Insurance and Financial Services Lawyer 6+yrs PQE

Pinsent Masons
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We are currently looking to recruit a lawyer to join the Firm's contentious insurance and financial services practice in the London office. The candidate will have a broad experience of litigation, insurance and financial services' disputes.

We are ideally looking for a dynamic candidate with at least 6+ years’ PQE experience and excellent client skills.

The work will be a mixture of general insurance coverage, defence work, commercial disputes (acting for both insurers and policyholders) and commercial litigation for financial services firms. Examples of the type of work would include:

  • Providing coverage advice and analysis on a variety of policy wordings including D&O, PTL, Crime, Property/BI, Professional indemnity, Construction, W&I, Cyber Liability and Employer's liability
  • Acting for insurers and financial institutions in a range of commercial disputes including mediations and arbitrations.
  • Representing financial institutions and Directors and Officers in the defence of claims  against them.
  • Profit share and commission disputes between regulated and non-regulated businesses;
  • Acting for commercial policyholders on a range of contentious insurance matters

Financial Services and Insurance at Pinsent Masons

The Financial Services Sector is one of the largest in revenue terms of our four Global Sectors.  Insurance sits at the heart of our financial services practice, with three out of ten of the Firm's top ten clients last year coming from the Insurance sector.

 Background on the IRP team

The IRP Team, within which the Insurance segment sits, consists of approximately 40 lawyers who focus on FS litigation, insurance, contentious and non-contentious financial services work allowing for opportunities of close collaboration and cross team working. The Team's primary clients are leading market financial services firms such as global banks, insurers, funds and brokers.

Clients include major global and UK insurance businesses like Allianz, Aviva, AXA, Argo International, Travelers, Bupa, Direct Line Group, Legal & General, RSA, Simplyhealth and Zurich.  We also act for a number of broker groups and leading brand retail distributors.

The nature of the work is a broad base of contentious insurance work and will involve supporting one or more of the contentious partners and/or senior associates within a team environment.

The Insurance team won "Insurance Team of the Year" at the Legal Business Awards 2020 and won the "Regulatory Team of the Year" award at the British Legal Awards 2019.

The Candidate Required

The successful candidate must be technically excellent but, equally important, commercially aware and enthusiastic about business development.  They will be a team player with a strong client-focussed approach. They will also have excellent communication and organisational skills. 

Ultimately, they will have the soft-skills allied with technical delivery to create their own practice and generate revenue.  Lawyers in the Insurance Team are encouraged to develop trusted adviser status at the Executive level for our largest clients, and they will be supported to develop these skills by lawyers with a proven track record of doing this. 

 The Opportunity

  • The very best national and international work.
  • Early responsibility and opportunities to develop client relationships.
  • Genuine long-term career prospects supported through our "best in class" training and our Academy personal development programmes.


Pinsent Masons has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, won the "Law Firm of the Year Award 2019 – Legal Business" for the second time and is recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. Pinsent Masons was also named Law Firm of the Year 2018 by The Lawyer, and is ranked No 4 on the UK Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2020 and named as one of Stonewall’s Top Global Employers 2020.

Should you require further details, please contact our in house  Advisor Haseeb who can discuss the role and requirements.

Contact details:

[email protected]

At Pinsent Masons we value diversity and inclusion. We are committed to creating a better workplace where all our talent can succeed and feel like they belong. We want to attract, retain and develop people at all levels and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates whatever your ethnicity, religion, age, physical or mental disability/ long term condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristics protected by local law in the jurisdictions in which we operate.


About our culture:
Champion change, promote progress and enable everyone, to make business work better for people.

Our purpose informs everything we do. In combination with our code and values it gives us a clear direction for how we can make business work better for people for you, our colleagues, our clients and the wider community.

How flexible working works with us:
As part of the firm's HR strategy, we are committed to being supportive about flexible working patterns and consider it important that we allow all individuals the opportunity to take advantage of flexible working should they wish to and if the firm can accommodate it. At application stage our recruitment team are happy to discuss what flexibility is required and will always have open and honest conversations with the hiring team to agree what works for you and the business.
We are a truly agile firm and believe work is something we do and not somewhere we go. Agile workers may work from any location – including but not necessarily from home. They may also break up their working day to enable them to take time out for caring, family or other interests and responsibilities, before completing their work outside traditional, 'core' office hours.
In 2021 we introduced a Carers Policy to help support individuals in the business with significant caring responsibilities, allowing up to five days paid carers leave per year on top of the standard holiday allowance.

How we support parents:
- Flexible working policy
- Agile working policy
- Carers Leave policy
- At senior support level, you are entitled to private healthcare for you and your immediate family
- Employee Assistance Programme provides lots of useful information on looking after your health and wellbeing of you and your family
- Access to a savings platform to get discounts and offers from some of the UK's most popular retailers and attractions.
- Family Matters support network
- Maternity/ Paternity leave
- Global Family Leave (new in 2022) offering new parents – whether expecting or adopting – 16 weeks of paid leave up
to the child’s first birthday, for parents of any gender, regardless of where you are based.

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