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Ince appoints new head of insurance

According to the firm, Jennette Newman will play a ‘crucial role’ in building on Ince’s existing strengths in the insurance sector and growing its insurance proposition and sector reach

International legal and professional services firm Ince has appointed Jennette Newman as a new partner and head of Insurance in its London office.

In her new role, Newman will be responsible for Ince’s global insurance practice and will be joined by additional new appointments Leanne Consibee and Imogen Webb, as partner and senior associate respectively.

According to the firm, she will play a “crucial role” in building on Ince’s existing strengths in the insurance sector and growing its insurance proposition and sector reach.

Prior to her appointment, Newman has held senior business roles at both Clyde and Co and BLM, where she was responsible for operational transformation and modernisation as well as sector growth.

She is also a recognised UK and international casualty lawyer with over 20 years of experience in claims, defence litigation and coverage, advising insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries, corporates and other risk carriers on all aspects of their claims, investigation process, litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

In addition, she reportedly has a “wealth” of experience dealing with highly sensitive multi-party, multi-jurisdictional, and high-value and complex claims.

Meanwhile, Consibee is a highly technical expert in all aspects of liability claims including health and safety investigations, inquests and risk management strategies and advice, while Webb has significant experience in serious and fatal injury claims, product liability issues, regulatory investigations, and general casualty.

Commenting on the announcement, Newman, said: “I am proud to join Ince and see fantastic potential to develop what is already a strong and visionary practice.

“My main focus will be to embrace a modern client-centric approach by building and investing extensively in client relationships to ensure Ince’s insurance services continue to be innovative and value-driven by offering tangible and strategic value at the core of our service.”

She added: “It is an increasingly complex time for the insurance sector, with clients having to navigate a range of challenging issues from climate risk transition, the role of data and AI, increasing systemic risk and social inflation and to enhancing public trust in the sector across product lines and ESG.

“I will be leading Ince’s inclusive and forward-thinking Insurance team as we anticipate clients’ evolving needs and ensure they are well supported and able to continue to meet these challenges head-on.”

Julian Clark, Global senior partner at Ince, added: “We are hugely excited about these appointments. Jennette has a deep understanding of both the technical and business context of the insurance sector, which makes her the ideal person to lead our practice. Her hire is testament to Ince’s commitment to the insurance sector and our ability to attract the best talent in the market.”

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