On the third seat of my training contract with BLM I was fortunate enough to be seconded to Professional Risk Insurance Brokers, Griffiths & Armour (G&A). Throughout the seat I mainly assisted G&A’s professional indemnity claims team on a wide variety of cases where allegations of negligence had been made against their policyholders.
The majority of G&A’s clients are construction sector professionals who are involved on projects ranging from single dwelling developments through to multi-million pound developments in the UK, Northern Ireland and overseas. G&A has an extremely close relationship with all their clients. In the event of unfortunate circumstances where things do go wrong on a project, G&A is the first point of contact for the majority of their clients in order to seek advice on how to take things forward.
My secondment has taken me on trips to Ireland, London, Manchester and Bristol where I have had the benefit of meeting with numerous insurers, clients and lawyers in both a professional and social setting. There have been countless opportunities to network and to get to know key individuals from the insurance industry.
I have gained a unique insight into the role of a claims broker generally and have come to appreciate the real importance of policyholders having the benefit of a broker on their side to engage with the professional indemnity insurer. Not only can policy issues be addressed, but it can assist with risk management and ensure that disputes are resolved efficiently and practically where possible. Expensive and long drawn out claims can be avoided – a goal which is also at the heart of BLM’s aims and beliefs.
Working closely with the highly experienced claims handlers at G&A has helped me to advance my technical and legal knowledge in the context of construction and professional indemnity disputes. Working directly with G&A has undoubtedly been a unique opportunity to understand the organisation and their core values – which is invaluable as the professional relationship between G&A and BLM continues to grow from strength to strength.
Written by Amy Davies, trainee solicitor at BLM