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Speaker

Patrick Fennelly

Director, Head of EMEA & APAC Outside Counsel Strategies, Office of General Counsel – Global Operations

AIG (team size 26 – 250)

Biography

As part of the Office of General Counsel, I am responsible for AIG’s legal operations in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and APAC, covering 80 countries, 600+ law firms and a legal spend in excess of US£500m.

I led legal operations integration in these regions, and retain management responsibility for legal, compliance, regulatory, asset management, 22+ claims functions, finance, HR, M&A, real estate and underwriting. In addition to panel selection, creation and law firm management, I am responsible for due diligence and RFI processes, rating structures, budgeting, strategic spend control (inc lobbying activities) and reporting, contract certainty, conflicts, ebilling, relationship investment, process excellence and best practices. We also control, develop and maintain reporting platforms, ebilling, technology and augmented AI.

Whilst practicing as a commercial litigator, I was also a law lecturer and consultant to the General Medical Counsel. I held positions of increasing seniority, culminating in the head of litigation, predominantly handling tort, professional indemnity, contract, banking and multi-jurisdictional advanced fee fraud. I handled much of my own advocacy at inquests and in the Royal Courts of Justice (Chancery Division, QBD, Commercial Courts and before the Official Referees).

At transition, I joined Lexington Insurance Company, specialising in US litigation, where I lead a team of lawyers handling major losses across casualty, financial lines and healthcare. I have led, participated and presented in the region of 200 hundred mediations and, was a contributing author of the International Bar Associations first ebook on Mediation Techniques. My professional affiliations have included Member of The Law Society of England & Wales PI Panel, Member of the International Bar Association, Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, International Member of the American Bar Association & Member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

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