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Senior Employer and Public Liability Claims Handler

AMP House, CR90 9NE
Direct Line House, LS1 8HZ
Permanent
Full time
Ref:R-6254

In 2014, as part of its commitment to extend the provision of legal services it offers to its customers, Direct Line Group launched a newly formed law firm, DLG Legal Services.  We currently recruiting for an experienced Employer Liability / Personal Liability Claims Handler to join our Croydon or Leeds team on a full time permanent basis.

The Role

Handling a caseload of Claimant Employers Liability claims, Public Liability claims and unusual Road Traffic Accidents such as Pedestrian or Cyclist claims. To represent DLG Legal Services in the conduct of client matters in providing legal advice and assistance in a professional matter, in accordance with internal procedures and acting as an ambassador to the organisation.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manage a client’s claim by continually using the firm’s technical process and accurately documenting each activity that has taken place and ensuring time is recorded accurately.  To manage all client work allocated in accordance with the detailed procedures and quality standards contained in the firm’s manual and client protocol
  • Complete all necessary investigations into the circumstances of the incident and the value of the client’s claim, carrying out legal research as required.  To collate and review the evidence.  To assess prospects of the claim succeeding on its merits.   To assess the likely value of the claim for personal injury and recoverability of financial losses.
  • Ensure clients are provided the correct legal advice.  Where appropriate, managing clients’ expectations, explaining decisions and the steps in the claims process clearly and succinctly, and ensuring clients are treated fairly at all times.
  • Negotiate settlement on the best possible terms for the Client ensuring that instructions are complied with or taken at the necessary points.  Ensuring that the legal expenses provider is kept updated at all key stages.
  • Draft the necessary documents to issue court proceedings, comply with court directions, draft statements and ready the file for a final court hearing.  To instruct counsel as necessary, drafting the brief and checking costs statements.
  • Identify, own and manage the risks involved in running our business appropriate to the role, in line with the relevant risk framework and in compliance with all DLG Legal Services policies and procedures, the Solicitors Accounts Rules and the SRA Code of Conduct at all times.
  • Manage cases efficiently and effectively.  Making sure that client work is progressed efficiently to meet departmental targets and Service Level Agreements and the client is kept proactively informed where appropriate.  Agreed levels of billing and time recording must be achieved.  Incoming post should be reviewed daily and responded to promptly. 
  • Identify and appropriately investigate all conflicts, complaints and potential acts of negligence and ensure they are reported immediately to a team leader or member of the compliance team.
  • Ensure good working relationships with team-mates, team leader, management and administrative staff as well as maintaining a good working relationship with suppliers, external organisations and the work-source. 
  • Support the strategic development of the department and firm by developing best practice and the client experience through continuous improvement initiatives.

Requirements

  • Experienced Legal Executive or Solicitor.
  • Previous experience of EL / PL claims handling preferable, either within an insurance company or law firm environment.
  • Knowledge of Pre Action Protocols, CPR, Practice directions and relevant statute and case law as well as relevant regulations relating to accidents at work. Litigation experience.
  • Experience of using a Case Management System
  • Knowledge of JC Guidelines for the assessment of general damages in personal injury cases and understanding and   ability to research different resources e.g Lawtel, LexisNexis
  • Ability to communicate efficiently with clients by telephone and written communication
  • Proven track record of achieving targets 
  • Ability to work under pressure with attention to detail and manage time effectively
  • Understanding issues and finding solutions with the ability to think out of the box
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and collaborating for success
  • Professional manner, enthusiastic and trustworthy

Working hours

35 hours per week, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Salary: Depending on location and the candidates past experience up to £52000 per annum, up to 10% bonus plus benefits