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Lizzie Gray

Associate, Insurance/ Reinsurance

I joined HFW as a Trainee in 2010 qualifying into the Insurance and Reinsurance group in 2012.  As a group we act for (re)insurers, brokers and policyholders in large complex disputes (including coverage disputes and professional negligence claims) often with an international element and across a range of industries and lines of business.  This makes the work that we do both interesting and challenging as every day is different.  For example, one day you could be advising a shipowner on their insurance coverage under their hull and machinery policy following the loss of one of their vessels and the next be in the High Court obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction. 

Over the last couple of years my role within the firm has changed.  I am now an insurance lawyer with a twist as I also work for the employment team. This is a growing area for the firm and we advise on all aspects of employment law both contentious and non contentious, and for employers and employees in a variety of sectors.  We advise on complex and confidential employment issues including grievances, team moves, restrictive covenants, redundancy, drafting employment contracts and procedures and advising clients in discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunal.

The variety of the work I do makes my job particularly interesting and enables me to work with many different people and departments within the firm.            

As a working mum with two young children I work full time but flexibly thanks to a team who are very supportive of the fact that I can often be seen flying out of the door to get home for bath time.  To say that there is never a dull moment would be an understatement.