Legal Officer

  • Anywhere

CAREER OPPORTUNITY – LEGAL OFFICER

Cannon General Insurance (K) Ltd is seeking to fill the above position with a dynamic, forward- thinking achiever with expertise in Legal matters within the insurance industry. If the position described below fits your skills and ambitions, we will be excited to hear from you.

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

Provide expert legal counsel to ensure operational effectiveness including managing various legal claims affecting the business and provide legal support to the Company, respective departments, and external stakeholders to safeguard the Company’s interests and mitigate legal risks.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Litigation:
    1. End to end management of all insurance litigation matters.
    2. Maintain and monitor the summons register, litigation diary, judgments register, and any other necessary registers/diaries.
    3. Receive and review legal summons and other legal documents.
    4. Upon receipt of summons, determine whether the matter should be settled or defended in court.
    5. Where the matter can be settled, undertake timely negotiations within prescribed limits.
    6. Where matter should be defended, appoint advocates to defend the matters.
    7. Appoint service providers where necessary and ensure adequate level of service is maintained.
    8. Determine the reserves for each matter and confirm the reserve is in line with that provided by the external advocates.
    9. Ensure all opinions from advocates are reviewed and instructions given to the lawyers.
    10. Management of external advocates including correspondence, queries, instructions, quarterly report, level of service and payment.
    11. Secure attendance of witnesses in court and arrange for payment, where applicable.
    12. Attend court for all declaratory suits against the Company and file declaratory suits where applicable.
    13. Ensure all files coming up for hearing are reviewed before the hearing date and timely instructions issued to the advocates.
    14. Refer claimants for re-examination by Company doctors.
    15. Call for any outstanding excess especially in employers’ liability matters.
    16. Judgments & Appeals:
      1. Maintain judgement register and appeals registers.
      2. Review all judgements within 7 days of delivery.
      3. Where applicable, initiate negotiations and conclude within stay period.
      4. Ensure all judgements are paid or appeal lodged within the stay period.
      5. Issue notice to insureds for judgements above the policy limit
      6. Review all outstanding appeals.
      7. Negotiate the appeals with guidance from supervisor.
      8. Ensure we recover in appeals any money due to the Company.
      9. Raise payments for judgements and advocates final fees.
  2. Recoveries
    1. Oversee third party recoveries pursued directly against third parties or insurance company through out of court negotiations and in court.
    2. Ensure demand letters are prepared for all matters referred for recovery from claims department.
    3. Ensure tracing is conducted where necessary.
    4. Ensure an accurate and complete recoveries register is maintained for all recovery matters with properly marked status.
    5. Supervise the Recoveries’ Officer and/or Legal Assistant and ensure that all recovery matters are actioned within time.
    6. Ensure all advocates forward all recovered monies to the Company promptly.
    7. Report on all successful recoveries monthly.
    8. Responsible for achieving the recoveries target.
  3. Conduct legal research in relation to matters assigned.
  4. Draft and attend to correspondence and legal opinions as may be required from time to time.
  5. Identify breaches of contract and commence recovery proceedings under the guidance of the Legal Manager.
  6. Provide accurate and relevant interpretation of legal documents, contracts, and/or agreements.
  7. Undertake court attendances and monitor all pending cases assigned with the view of ensuring no lapses and/or facilitating follow-up required.
  8. Maintain up to date and complete data of all legal matters, including case registers, reports etc.
  9. Process and ensure timely settlement of third-party claims, disbursements, advocates, legal fees, and doctors’ fees etc.
  10. Collaborate with other process owners for operational effectiveness.
  11. Provide support in preparation, continuous review, and implementation of internal policy documents.
  12. Propose possible improvements to internal processes and workflows.
  13. Any other duties as may be assigned by the Company from time to time.

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIEINCE

  • Formal qualifications | bachelor’s degree in law or related field. | Essential
  • Professional Qualifications | Admission to the bar as an advocate. | Essential
  • Examined Insurance Qualification | Desirable.
  • Licensing or registration | Current practicing license. | Important
  • 3 – 5 years’ post qualification experience in the financial sector | Important

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. In-depth understanding of local Insurance practices, law and regulatory requirements. |
    Essential
  2. Demonstrable understand of insurance regulatory frameworks as pertains to insurance
    practice and litigation management. | Essential
  3. Good communication, presentation, and negotiation skills. | Essential

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are requested to forward their curriculum vitae via email only to jobs@cannon.co.ke by 10th May 2024.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@cannon.co.ke