LEGAL OFFICER

  • APA Insurance
  • Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
  • Dec 07, 2017 - Dec 13, 2017
Full time Legal

Job Description

JOB PURPOSE:
To ensure effective and efficient management of the Legal department, provision of legal advisory services and ensuring effective management of legal and contractual risks.

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •  Receive demand letters, summons and statutory notices on behalf of the company advice and action on the best way forward in liaison with Claims department.
  •  Appoint external advocates to defend frivolous claims in court immediately the company is served with summons.
  • Assess genuine claims that can be settled out of court upon receipt of demand letters, and initiate negotiations with third party advocates to save the company on costs.
  • Provide a legal opinion on all matters filed in court or being negotiated out of court.
  •  Liaise with brokers or directly with insured persons to ensure that external advocates have all the required supporting documents to defend the company.
  • Upon analysis of a claim, Issue appropriate instructions to external Advocates to ensure expedient settlement of claims.
  • Assessment of Advocates fee notes to ensure that they are in line with the provisions of the Advocates Remuneration Order.
  • To check and confirm if a claim is statutorily time barred under tort or contract before accepting service of summons.
  • Review of all outstanding claims on a semi-annual basis.
  • Ensure recoveries are pursued aggressively against negligent third parties and liaise with lawyers in the panel on matters that are in court.
  • Manage external lawyers on a day to day basis and ensure that the cases in court are handled in the best interests of the company.
  • Review all contracts and any other documentation where the company has committed itself and assess legal implications that need to be brought to the management’s attention.
  •  Prepare, review, negotiate and modify contractual instruments to assist and support various business activities.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Law.
  •  Post graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law.
  • Admission as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

EXPERIENCE

  • At least 4 years relevant experience in the Insurance industry.

SKILLS/ATTRIBUTES

  • Good questioning, negotiating and influencing s& communication skills
  • Have own initiative and use the corporate claims philosophy effectively
  • Have the experience to know when it’s best to deal with a matter on a compromise basis or when a defense is more likely to be successful
  • Ability to make decisions quickly and confidently.
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office applications (Ms Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • In depth knowledge of internal systems (Turn-quest)
  • Team player with high customer awareness skills