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Ciara Jackson – Associate, Insurance and Reinsurance

Music – Durham

Having taken a perhaps unusual route into law with my music degree, I joined HFW in 2009 following completion of the GDL and LPC. Part of my reason for applying to HFW was the international focus of the firm, and I spent my second seat in our Piraeus office. The opportunity to spend six months overseas during the training contract is one of the advantages of training at HFW – working in a slightly smaller office invariably means increased involvement in and greater responsibility for the matters being handled in that office.

My final seat was in insurance and reinsurance, and I qualified into the team in 2011. The insurance department in London is a friendly environment in which to work and learn, and we have a growing presence in our international offices. The work we do is varied, typically complex and usually international in nature. Our work covers contentious and non-contentious matters, and we are involved at all stages of the insurance cycle – we work for policyholders, brokers and insurers, and get involved in complex disputes (including coverage disputes and professional negligence cases), as well as policy review and insurance product development. All businesses need insurance, and our work therefore spans a broad range of industry sectors and types of insurance, making it very diverse. Many of the cases we are involved in have an international element – recent cases have included risks in Venezuela, Cuba, the Gulf of Mexico, Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, China, the Ivory Coast and Eastern Europe. Typically we will be involved in arbitrations and court proceedings in London, although we are frequently involved in proceedings in other jurisdictions.