Senior Legal Adviser - Litigation

Senior Legal Adviser - Litigation


London or Manchester

Aon is recruiting a Senior Legal Adviser to join our Litigation team in the UK. This role is for an experienced UK-based lawyer with ability to access either our London or Manchester offices on a hybrid working basis.

The Litigation team is part of the Aon UK law department and this team is primarily responsible for providing advice and risk management support in relation to professional negligence claims against all of Aon's solution lines. The role will principally be focussed on supporting our Wealth business, which provides pensions and investment advice to clients. However, we operate as one team across our range of businesses and opportunities for wider engagement and development will be available.

There is high demand for our expertise in the litigation team and this team is often required to become involved in and advise on issues broader than active litigation. We need an experienced lawyer to support the team and to be responsible for overseeing some of the largest and most complex E&O and litigation matters in the UK.

The team also does a large amount of pre-litigation work which, when it is done effectively, completely mitigates the potential for Aon to have any greater liability thus greatly reducing the risk of financial and reputational loss resulting from E&Os.

About the Role

Your impact as Senior Legal Adviser:

From time to time, our businesses receive claims or lawsuits that relate to professional negligence issues. For instance, this could be in our Risk business in relation to insurance broking services we provide to a client. Or it could be in our Wealth business in relation to pension scheme administration services that we provide to a client. Your role will be to support all of our business solution lines in relation to the investigation, defence and settlement of these claims and lawsuits.

As Senior Legal Adviser, some of your responsibilities and opportunities will include:

  • Advising on professional negligence and commercial disputes (in particular E&Os);
  • Investigating matters that are reported to Aon Law as claims or circumstances that may give rise to a claim, and advising on steps to minimise or mitigate Aon’s potential for liability;
  • Managing disputes with third parties or suppliers;
  • Advising on regulatory, legal and operational issues arising from time to time;
  • Appointing and overseeing the quality and fitness-for-purpose of legal advice provided by external lawyers and managing those relationships generally;
  • Providing regular case reports for management and boards;
  • Work on special projects and investigations that support any aspect of the service Aon Law provides to the business;
  • Attend mediations, settlement discussions and court hearings as appropriate;
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of the law;
  • Providing legal and risk management training and advice to the businesses on how to mitigate or avoid E&Os;
  • Provide support to other Aon Law teams (such as Commercial Contracts and Employment) as required;
  • Opportunities to join networks of Aon lawyers around the globe engaging with senior business stakeholders to deliver on common goals as one team;
  • Provide mentoring and support to the more junior members of the litigation team and to maximise the development potential of the team;
  • Work with other Aon Law colleagues to drive the development and improvement of initiatives that impact the wider Aon Law UK team;
  • Lead projects to improve team know-how, systems and processes;
  • Support other litigation team colleagues in their work.

About you

Your knowledge and expertise:

  • Degree-level qualification or equivalent;
  • Qualification to practise as a lawyer (whether in the UK or abroad);
  • Experience of insurance and/or pensions litigation and professional negligence claims;
  • Experience balancing corporate risk with commercial awareness and opportunity;
  • Excellent drafting and negotiation skills with an eye for detail;
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to gain the confidence of seniors and peers in your team and within the businesses you work for, and you are comfortable communicating by email, telephone and videoconference;
  • The ability to manage your time effectively work independently and without supervision, juggle multiple tasks and clients and prioritise, and to be flexible when priorities need to change;
  • Enthusiasm for working as part of a team of lawyers and in collaboration with business colleagues towards a common goal;
  • Willingness to learn about new areas of work and a logical and enquiring approach to new challenges;
  • Experience working in (or advising clients who are in) a regulated environment, including insurance, reinsurance, pensions, asset management and/or investment advisory;
  • Aptitude for providing user-friendly legal advice, knowhow and delivery of business-facing coaching/education;
  • Experience of developing strategic partnerships/collaboration with clients.

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