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BILA Young Professionals is a sub-group of the British Insurance Law Association. We consist of and appeal to young professionals who are working in the insurance industry (in any capacity) and have a connection or interest in insurance law. Our aim is to promote education and interest in all aspects of insurance law through educational, social and networking activities.

Keep up to date with what we are doing, our events and how you can get involved:

The Committee

Charlotte Menefy, Carter Perry Bailey LLP (Chair)
Charlotte Louise Menefy is a Solicitor at Carter Perry Bailey LLP. She specialises in litigation, acting on a range of matters from small personal injury cases to large-scale professional negligence claims. Her portfolio also includes property/casualty, industrial injury and public liability disputes, as well as non-contentious matters in which she has advised on FCA regulation and policy wordings. Charlotte’s clients include solicitors, brokers, accountants, estate agents and other professionals. Charlotte initially joined Carter Perry Bailey as a Paralegal, and subsequently completed her training with them before qualifying in 2015.
Cristina Faro, RPC (Vice chair / Media Officer- Twitter)
Sam Tacey, Cooley (Treasurer)
Sam Tacey is a senior associate in the insurance and reinsurance team at Cooley. He focuses his practice on complex insurance and reinsurance disputes. He has been involved in a variety of matters in arbitration and in the High Court, representing (re)insurer clients in both the live and run-off market, as well as acting for policyholders. Sam is listed as a “next generation lawyer” in insurance and reinsurance litigation in The Legal 500 UK (2018).
Emma Clarke, DWF (Secretary / Mailing list)
Pablo Constenla, AXA XL (Events officer (social and educational))
Pablo is a dual qualified lawyer (Spain and England & Wales) with a mixed contentious and non-contentious background in (Re)insurance, and particularly in marine, financial lines and energy. Pablo completed a Master in Maritime and Commercial Law (LLM) in Swansea. With prior litigation experience in private practice and in-house in a IG P&I Club, Pablo is now developing advisory insurance product expertise at AXA XL.
Lucinda Sainsbury, Clyde & Co (International AIDA)
Sophie Cuthbertson, Mishcon de Reya (Events officer (social and educational))
Sophie is an Associate in the Mishcon de Reya Disputes Resolution department, specialising in insurance disputes and commercial litigation. Sophie acts for policyholder clients, including corporate clients and high net worth individuals, on coverage disputes. Sophie works in a range of areas, including Financial Services, D&O, Professional Indemnity, Employment Practices Liability, Pharma, Product Liability, Retail & Consumer, Property Losses, Business Interruption and Cyber. Sophie previously trained at Clyde & Co and moved to Mishcons about a year ago.
Charlotte Gregory, Browne Jacobson (Media Officer / LinkedIn / Twitter)
Charlotte is a solicitor at Browne Jacobson specialising in professional indemnity claims and coverage matters, acting for a variety of professionals. Prior to moving to London 5 years ago to start her training contract, Charlotte worked as an in-house paralegal for three years, latterly at RSA in Birmingham. Charlotte trained with Plexus Law, qualifying there and working under the Plexus and Greenwoods brands until she moved to Browne Jacobson.
Tom Hunter, Fenchurch Law (Media Officer / Instagram)
Tom Whittaker, Burges Salmon (Media Officer/ LinkedIn)
Tom Whittaker is an associate at Burges Salmon’s dispute resolution department. Tom specialises in commercial litigation, with a particular interest in LawTech and InsurTech.
Emily Hawker, Zurich Insurance plc
Emily is an in-house lawyer working in the Disputes, Claims and Underwriting Team at Zurich Insurance plc. Prior to Zurich, Emily worked as a claims adjuster, solicitor in the Financial Lines team of AIG dealing with FIPI, D&O, Crime, PTLand EPL claims. Emily trained at CMS Cameron McKenna undertaking a seat within the Insurance and Reinsurance Group and secondments at ANV and Aon.


We do not have any lectures planned; please check back frequently!