Insurance Company Legal Manager Jobs in Kenya

Insurance Company Legal Manager Jobs in Kenya


Location Nairobi, Kenya

Category Insurance Industry

No. of Vacancies 1

Job Holder Reports to Company Secretary & Head of Legal

Minimum Education(e.g O-level, University Degree)

  • Bachelors Degree in Law from a recognized University
  • Minimum Experience(in years) Substantial post qualification professional experience of 10+ years, 5 of which must have been in progressively leadership roles

    Description

  • Our client is a well established Insurance Company in Kenya. They wish to recruit an experienced Legal Manager for their Legal Department at the Head Office in Nairobi.

    Purpose of Position

  • To provide legal services to the Company and ensure the Company’s interest are protected.
  • To provide effective management of legal contractual risks arising from insurance claims and ensure the Company operates within the applicable legal and regulatory frameworks.
  • To provide a proper and proactive management of all legal claims by ensuring prompt settlement at optimal cost in order to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction and cost cutting for the Company.

    Responsibility and Authority

  • General Legal Duties
  • Providing proactive and pragmatic advice to the business on all legal and regulatory matters
  • Provide legal representation to the Company, formulate and manage corporate strategies and initiatives for all legal aspects of the Company
  • Manage legal risk within the business by taking responsibility for providing legal advice to the business on all legal matters affecting their individual departmental transactions
  • Managing litigations affecting the Company
    Reviewing and providing advice to the business upon request on matters concerning applicable contracts required for operation of the business
  • Set the strategy and goals for the legal team in alignment with the larger organizational goals
  • Supervise legal staff and oversee a department that can appropriately support the business
  • Overseeing all legal matters, including managing external legal counsel and providing regulatory liaison
  • Providing daily interaction and advice to the departmental heads on all aspects of the Company’s business
  • Advice management on a variety of administrative labour and employment law matters, including engagements and terminations
    Legal Claims
  • Receiving court summonses and determining whether liability attaches on the part of the Company
  • Appointing, supervising and managing of advocates in the Company’s panel to file defence or sue on their behalf
  • Attending court and filing defences and other court process and attending court to defend cases
  • Maintaining a register for appointed advocates
  • Maintaining a register for judgements
    Instructing the Company’s advocates on whether the suits in court should proceed for trial or they should be negotiated out of court to avoid escalation of costs on confirmed injuries
  • Negotiating out of court settlements
  • Negotiating with third party advocates in cases where the Company has not appointed advocates
  • Perusing through and acting on correspondence and opinions from the Company’s advocates within deadlines
  • Recommending settlements for judgements, advocates’ and other service providers’ fees
  • Assist in processing of payments to claimants and services providers
  • Confirming accuracy of fee notes raised by the Company’s advocates in accordance with the
  • Advocates Remuneration Order and ensuring prompt payment
  • Perusing through and acting on any correspondence and/or enquiries regarding legal claims within deadlines
  • Conducting legal research and preparing legal options on liability and quantum/review such opinions once they are received by the Company’s advocates
  • Organizing for witnesses to attend court and the Company’s advocates’ offices for pre-trial briefing
  • Maintaining a master diary of court cases facilitating hearings of court cases to ensure timely conclusion
  • Attending
    court as a Company representative/witness
  • Review investigation reports, to ensure that they are comprehensive enough to meet the need for which they were sought, and recommend remedial action as necessary
  • Instructing the Company’s advocates on cases where the plaintiff(s) need to go to the doctor(s) for a second medical examination
  • Review of and determining whether the outcome of court cases should be appealed or not
  • Assist in recovery of Company outlay from third parties
  • Advising on the adequacy of claims reserves, reviewing the files and placing the correct reserves for all legal claims
  • Review of Kenya Gazettes and Legal Notices and advising departments on changes that may be relevant to their functions
  • Ensuring timely processing of all legal claims
  • Ensuring the Company operates within the laid down regulations and guidelines as far as claims are concerned
  • Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time

    Person Specifications
  • Academic Qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree in Law from a recognized University

    Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • A post graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law
  • Certified Public Secretary of Kenya (ICS)
    Commissioner of Oaths
  • Valid membership of the Law Society of Kenya
  • Valid membership to the Institute of Certified Secretaries

    Experience

  • Substantial post qualification professional experience of 10+ years, 5 of which must have been in progressively leadership roles
  • Successful experience leading negotiations on complex contracts and agreements
  • Demonstrable track-record producing effective and high-quality legal advice to departmental heads within a business
  • Proven and successful experience in creating departmental priorities that align strategic direction of the legal department and the overall business objectives
  • Proven experience in relationship management and a demonstrated ability to lead a legal team and develop talents that subsequently drive value across the business
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Ability to identify and remedy complex legal issues
  • Proven ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and as a team player in a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment
  • Exceptionally good skills in the legal negotiation
  • Ability to draft and manage complex legal documentation
  • Ability to strategize and solve problems
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Ability to manage the relationship with various stakeholders
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Discretion with confidential information
  • Personal Attributes
  • Ability to manage competing priorities under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and result-oriented
  • Key Result Areas
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Timely and efficient settlement of claims
  • Prevention of losses through attachments and auctioneers’ fees
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Effective management of legal matters and claims
  • Reduction in cost of litigation

    Application Instructions

    Send a copy of your CV and a Cover Letter to recruit@manpowerservicesgroup.com
    Ensure you indicate your current or past monthly salary in your cover letter.

    (This is a mandatory requirement)
    Apply to the email address provided above as instructed. (Do not apply using the online button)
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

    Closing Date: 8th November 2019

    Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • A post graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law
  • Certified Public Secretary of Kenya (ICS)
  • Commissioner of Oaths
  • Valid membership of the Law Society of Kenya
  • Valid membership to the Institute of Certified Secretaries

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