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Legal Officer

APA Insurance
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

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

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.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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