The Law Society of Tasmania is seeking to engage an experienced practitioner to manage claims arising under the compulsory professional indemnity insurance scheme following the retirement of the current Claims Manager in June 2019.
The Law Society of Tasmania compulsory professional indemnity insurance scheme commenced on 1 July 1995 to provide affordable professional indemnity insurance to the legal profession in Tasmania based on the Tasmanian profession’s legal practice profile and claims history. The scheme is administered by the Society with claims handling and panel solicitor representation provided by the profession in Tasmania.
The scheme provides indemnity for claims arising from legal practice for all practitioners who are required to be insured pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 2007 and provides for a Limit of Indemnity of $2,000,000 (inclusive of defence costs) for any one claim for all legal practices with no limit on the number of claims made against practitioners in Tasmania.
With an average of 40 claims and notifications made to the Claims Manager each policy year, a significant aspect of the efficient administration of the scheme is the claims management role. At any one time there are approximately 50 open and active matters across all policy years at various stages of the litigation process.
The successful candidate will have or be able to earn respect, support and credibility within the legal profession in Tasmania.
This is an autonomous position, in an active and interesting legal practice with major responsibilities including:
- Receiving claims notifications from practitioners
- Reporting to and advising underwriters as to each claim on an ongoing basis
- Making initial assessment of claims/notifications
- Determining appropriate course of action and claims management strategy
- Collating evidence and undertaking legal research
- Briefing panel solicitors to provide advice and conduct the defence of claims
- Attending hearings, mediations and settlement conferences on behalf of underwriters
- Maintaining statistical claims database and solicitors’ files with respect to each claim
- Providing incidental advice to practitioners in respect of claims and claims notifications
- Providing general assistance to practitioners in respect of the Scheme
- Assisting the Society with its CPD initiatives including formulating and presenting risk management programs for the profession.
- Liaising with the Law Society and brokers engaged to manage the PII Scheme
- Writing articles on a quarterly basis relating to risk management issues for publication in “The Law Letter”
- Lecturing on risk management at the Legal Practice Course (4 x 2 hour lectures per annum)
- Attending National risk managers meeting and PII scheme managers meeting annually
- Preparing for and attending file reviews
Qualifications and Experience
Applicants will be ethical, friendly and engaging solicitors who can work effectively with the Society, the profession, insurers and the Society’s broker to meet the obligations of the compulsory professional indemnity insurance scheme.
Currently the claims manager is a sole practitioner, retained by the Society pursuant to a written agreement. It is expected that arrangement will continue.
The position requires:
- Qualifications in law, including a current practising certificate, or the ability to obtain one
- Experience in insurance, including claims management
- Experience in a broad range of practice areas
- A minimum 5 years post admission experience in legal practice
- An interest in and understanding of risk management principles
- Presentation, research and reporting skills
- Computer, literacy, including word processing, the use of spreadsheets and data entry
- Self-motivation and work ethic
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills
- Some intra and interstate travel
Although the position’s workload varies, an average of 25 – 30 hours each week will be necessary to satisfy the requirements of the position.
An attractive retainer will be offered to the successful applicant commensurate with their level of experience.
Expressions of interest addressing the position requirements stated above should be directed to the Executive Director, the Law Society of Tasmania, 28 Murray Street Hobart 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business Wednesday, 1 May 2019.