Principal Associate

Location:
Bristol
Vacancy Type:
Permanent
Department:
Personal Injury
About The Role

We have a new opportunity to join DAS Law, an ambitious and thriving Legal 200 law firm, as a Principal Associate in our Personal Injury department.

DAS Law is an ambitious and innovative law firm occupying offices in the heart of Bristol. DAS Law operates as a fully independent firm whilst enjoying the significant benefit of sitting within the Munich Re/ERGO Group, and therefore being an integral part of the world’s largest insurance group.

Working closely with the Head of Personal Injury and as a critical part of the overall DAS Law Leadership Team, the role of the Principal Associate is to lead and manage four personal injury motor litigation teams conducting small claims and fast track work.

The role involves being a technical point of referral for complex matters, managing the financial performance of the teams that report to the role, monitoring service standards, and ensuring adherence to professional compliance obligations and the firm's client care policies.

As we approach a period of significant change in the motor PI claims market, the role will also involve the management and leading of change within the department. 

As the Principal Associate you can expect to:

  • Have line management responsibility for the performance and management of four Senior Associate motor claim team managers and their teams, circa 40 individuals in total;
  • Be accountable and responsible for the financial performance of the motor teams, with responsibility for the P&L, recruitment costs and driving improvements/inefficiencies;
  • Supervise the case handling of all motor Senior Associates and have the legal technical skills to enable handling complex referrals from the teams.
  • Deal with complaints and act as a referral point for resolving compliance queries and Code of Conduct issues. This will include the management of professional negligence claims;
  • Build strong relationships with business partners and attend quarterly review meetings with key stakeholders, together with coordinating and delivering on business partner audit requirements; and
  • Lead in respect of change management and process design to enable fixed fee motor work to achieve high and continuously improving levels of efficiency, productivity and profitability.
About You

In addition to being an experienced and technically strong leader of people, we are looking for candidates who are qualified solicitors (or who have equivalent qualifying experience) with at least 5 years PQE and who can demonstrate:

  • Strong technical experience in the field of small claim and fast track motor claims with the ability to assess breach, causation and quantum to a high level;
  • Strong technical experience of the Motor Claims Portal including a strong and demonstrable knowledge of the applicable rules, MIB claims, damage only claims (including subrogated claims), the CPR, pre-action protocols and the Medco Portal;
  • A proven track record of managing, training and developing people with the ability to influence at all levels;
  • A commitment to mentor, coach and improve technical ability within the department;
  • Detailed knowledge of all regulatory issues, compliance and the Code of Conduct;
  • Excellent working knowledge of case management systems/processes;
  • A strong operational background of managing teams to deliver high performance including the ability to manage using the suite of technical MI available;
  • Experience and ability to analyse P&L accounts for the motor claims function and experience of making significant efficiency savings and managing cost;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office to include Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel; and
  • Strong experience of leading and managing change, both from a technical and people management perspective.
As a team we are passionate and enthusiastic about what we do. Our people are encouraged to think independently and to take ownership of their work. You will be agile in the way that you work and adaptable to change. In return for your commitment we will offer you generous remuneration and an attractive benefits package, including:
  • 26 days holiday with the option to buy up to a further 5 days
  • Company pension scheme with the option to increase contributions
  • Group Income Protection for all employees
  • Group Legal Protection for all employees
  • A choice of either European Motor Assistance or Home Emergency Assistance
  • Salary sacrifice benefits including Cycle scheme and season ticket loans
  • A comprehensive wellbeing programme including a range of free weekly exercise classes (dependent on your office location) and free eye tests
  • Access to our employee discounts hub offering exclusive discounts across thousands of retail partners, including discounted gym memberships at over 3,000 gyms across the UK
  • The option to join our Sports and Social club which organises discounted events such as theatre visits, wine tasting and shopping trips

Whilst this is a full-time position, at DAS we support flexible working and are happy to discuss flexible working options.

About The Company
DAS Law is part of the DAS UK Group, which in turn forms part of the Ergo Group. We are therefore part of the world’s largest insurance group. Previously existing as a standalone law firm (CW Law) DAS Law was acquired by DAS UK Group in 2013 and is a key part of the Group’s strategy, forecast to provide year on year profitable growth within our 10 year strategy, which was agreed and commenced in 2016.

We have historically focussed on delivering legal services to customers solely via our Legal Expenses Insurance products, which provides a steady workload of litigated cases into the following teams that currently exist;

  • Personal Injury

  • Litigation & Dispute Management

  • Employment

  • Business & Commercial

Whilst this will remain a key part of our ongoing strategy, with the full support of our shareholders we have big ambitions to grow DAS Law as an independent income generating law firm and a major player in the legal market. We will do this by building on our existing relationships and reputation to grow new and sustainable income revenue streams that will allow us to expand the services we offer our customers.

We believe these are exciting times for DAS Law as part of the wider DAS UK Group and we are looking for likeminded individuals who share our ambition to make our high quality legal solutions accessible and affordable.

You can expect to join an organisation that will challenge and develop you to progress your career in ways that traditional law firms cannot. We are also committed to supporting continued professional development and promote both internal Training Contracts and alternative routes to qualification (CILEX).

By giving you every opportunity to develop yourself professionally and personally, we also pride ourselves on having an open, inclusive and high energy culture that encourages a fun working environment and places our customers at the very heart of everything we do.

If you are keen to become part of our exciting future then we would love to hear from you. In addition to the very genuine development opportunities we provide we also offer an extremely generous reward and benefits package.