DWF partner Graham Dickinson has today been installed as Master of the Worshipful Company of Insurers, the Livery Company for the UK’s insurance industry. He is the first lawyer to be appointed to this prestigious role.
Graham heads up the catastrophic injury insurance team in London and is also the Executive Partner for the London office. In his role at DWF, he has led on a variety of complex and high profile litigation cases on issues ranging from liability, quantum and mediation, to Periodical Payment Orders and indexation.
Graham has been a member of the Company for over for 14 years and, prior to his election as Master, served as Senior Warden and Chairman of the Trustees for its 1st and 2nd Trusts. Assisting Graham as Senior Warden will be Andrew Hubbard, former head of advisory and audit at Mazars' UK insurance practice.
The Company was created in 1979 and forms one of the 108 Livery Companies that represent various professions, trades and guilds in the City of London. As well as acting as a society for individuals associated with the insurance and reinsurance industry, the Company also supports various charities and insurance students, as well as providing assistance to members and members’ families who find themselves in hardship.
The Company is currently running high level training programmes focused on the better training and mentoring of non-Executive Directors in the insurance field and in the promotion of career opportunities for women in the industry.
Commenting on his instalment, Graham said:“I am privileged to be the first lawyer installed as Master. The Company carries out a great deal of important work not only for the insurance community, but also more widely through a range of educational and charitable activities. I am very proud to be associated with it and look forward to carrying out my new responsibilities as Master, working alongside key stakeholders and leaders in the UK insurance industry.”
Paul Berry, national head of insurance at DWF, added:“Graham’s election as Master is not only a significant personal achievement; it also shows that DWF is widely recognised for its sector expertise by one of the most influential bodies in the industry.
“To maintain our leading position in the insurance sector, DWF wishes to remain closely involved with organisations such as the WCI. We are proud to be a keynote sponsor of the WCI’s training programme for non-Executive Directors in the insurance industry. Our strong industry links, fostered through such associations, provide us with an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing the sector and ultimately ensure we can provide innovative and tailored services that meet the complex issues our clients face.”