Principal Associate

Vacancy Type:
Law - 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 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 the Principal Associate you can expect to:

  • Have line management responsibility for the performance and management of three 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 strong legal technical skills to enable more complex referrals from the team, to allow only minimal input from Counsel;
  • Run a small caseload of more complex multi-track matters and be able to evidence a strong track record of high value claims handling;
  • Deal with complaints at first tier and act as 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
  • Assist and consult in respect of change management 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 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, MIB, 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;
  • 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
  • An ability to contribute to and lead process changes (desirable).
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.