ARIAS (UK)

THOMAS, Heather Irene

Member since:February 2008
Address:London, England
Telephone:+44 (0) 20 7588 0686
Mobile:+44 (0) 7973 937 310
Email: ht@ht-consulting.co.uk
Nationality:British

Education

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, Jurisprudence 1974.Admitted as a solicitor 1977.

Certificate of Risk Management in Financial Services (Institute of Risk Management) 2017.

Positions Held

  • Practising as Heather Thomas Consulting, solicitor, 2007-2015
  • Non-executive director of SG Hambros Bank Ltd, 2014 – 2017
  • Non-executive director of The Veterinary Defence Society Limited, 2010-2012
  • Non-executive director of CNA Insurance Company Limited 2010-2021
  • Non-executive director of Hardy (Underwriting Agencies) Limited 2013-2021
  • General counsel and company secretary, Wellington Underwriting plc, also compliance officer Wellington Underwriting Agencies Ltd, 2005-2007 (until Wellington’s acquisition by Catlin)
  • Consultant, insurance and reinsurance group, Lovells, 1998-2005, contentious and non-contentious business
  • Head of legal and risk management, Willis Faber plc, subsequently Willis Corroon, 1982 -1998
  • Assistant solicitor, litigation, Linklaters 1979-1982

Present Positions

  • Arbitrator and Consultant
  • Non-executive director of IQUW Syndicate Management Ltd.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – FCIArb.
  • Panel Member of ARIAS (UK)

Experience

Extensive experience of insurance and reinsurance litigation and transactions, and the management of legal risk (including professional indemnity insurance) both as client and external adviser. Particular expertise in the distribution of insurance products through banks, retailers and affinity groups. Published the Regulation of Insurance Brokers and Intermediaries in 2004.

Foreign Languages

Good, but not fluent French.

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