The winners of the annual Services to Legacy Award and Young Professional of the Year Award were announced at IRLA Congress on Tuesday 11 June 2019 with the titles going to two female lawyers.

The Services to Legacy Award was won by Geraldine Quirk of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Geraldine is one of the leading experts on portfolio transfer schemes, particularly in the legacy/run-off industry, and has developed a reputation as one of the ‘go to’ lawyers in this area.

The Young Professional of the Year Award was won by Jennifer Connolly, a highly regarded assistant solicitor at Weightmans LLP who is also heavily involved with the IRLA Young Professionals Group.

Congratulations to both of our winners.

Who We Are

IRLA is the UK market body for insurance and reinsurance legacy management professionals. IRLA is recognised as the voice of the legacy management sector by a wide range of government and market bodies including the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS); the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) as well as the Employers Liability Tracing Office (ELTO). IRLA is also affiliated with several other market associations all the while working with these others to increase benefits to members.

IRLA activities range from industry consultation with government to promotion of the sector’s skills and expertise. In particular, the IRLA Academy provides top quality, competitively priced, training that is fully accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute, one of the world’s premier professional training organisations for the general insurance industry. More recently, IRLA has also established its own, annual awards designed to promote and recognise excellence in legacy management.

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Click here for IRLA Newsletter May 2019

Events & Training

IRLA members Breakfast briefing
21/06/2019 - Training
The Californian Wildfires TARGET AUDIENCE This briefing will appeal to those who are active in the industry, or who are employed in areas related to the insurance claims process, such as claims adjusters, claims and reinsurance technicians, brokers and... MORE
Introduction to the London Insurance Market including tour of Lloyd’s – SOLD OUT
04/07/2019 - Training
TARGET AUDIENCE The introduction course will appeal to those who are new to the industry, or who are employed in areas unrelated to the insurance process, such as analysts, accountants, HR, training and facilities. If delegates wish to know... MORE
IRLA Members’ Summer BBQ
04/07/2019 - Networking
There will initially be a voucher bar and when this expires a cash bar will continue. A selection of BBQ food will be served ending with bar closure art 21:00 Entry is by pre-registration only This event is initially... MORE
IRLA 20 year anniversary members’ golf day – SOLD OUT
19/09/2019 - Networking
PLEASE CONTACT SECRETARIAT TO BOOK A TEAM   Start the day off with a coffee and welcome breakfast from followed by 18 holes on the Duke’s course, Richmond Golf Club from 10.30am followed by the prize giving and Barbecue with... MORE
IRLA Members’ Breakfast briefing
20/09/2019 - Training

Why Join?

Market representation
...and promotion of the interests of legacy professionals to other sector bodies, government and regulators.
Helping insurance and reinsurance legacy professionals
Networking - sharing expertise and best practice - enhancing learning and innovating.
IRLA Academy
CPD accredited technical insurance and reinsurance briefings and workshops.
IRLA Young Professionals Group (YPG)
For those under 35 or new to and working in the (re)insurance legacy sector.
Industry Events
Annual members’ dinner & industry awards – annual congress – social events and networking opportunities.
Membership discounts
E-membership discount card which can be used at a selection of venues and for a number of publications.

Membership Categories

IRLA welcomes applications for Affiliate membership for which an application must be submitted to the Board of Directors. Other trade associations and market bodies may apply to the Board of Directors for consideration of this honorary membership.

Full membership £2,140 incl’ VAT

  • unlimited number of employees and staff of purchased companies
  • free membership of the IRLA Young Professionals Group (YPG)
  • any employee can put themselves forward for a working party or sub-committee
  • representative can be put forward to sit on the Board of Directors
  • vote on any proposed changes to the Association
  • access to member discounts

Associate membership £640 incl’ VAT

  • for companies with 9 or less staff based in the UK and all companies based entirely overseas
  • 9 named members
  • free membership of the IRLA Young Professionals Group (YPG)
  • any of those 9 employees can put themselves forward for a working party or sub-committee
  • representative can be put forward to sit on the Board of Directors
  • access to member discounts

Sole Trader Membership £240 incl’ VAT

  • for sole traders and individuals operating consultancies
  • can put yourself forward for a working party or sub-committee
  • can put yourself forward to sit on the Board of Directors
  • access to member discounts

Young Professional Membership £180 incl’ VAT

  • for students, trainees and those with less than 5 years in the industry
  • can put yourself forward for a working party
  • access to member discounts

(where you belong to a non-member company)

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