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 Breakfast Briefing Monte Carlo – Discontinued business transactions – Limited places remaining
09/09/2019 - Training
TARGET AUDIENCE The utilisation of legacy professionals by boards worldwide to undertake the freeing up of capital and allowing them to focus on core business is becoming more accepted and our panel discussion will appeal to a CEO, COO,... 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 – Redress Schemes and Sexual Abuse
20/09/2019 - Training
TARGET AUDIENCE In multiple jurisdictions, inquiries, commissions and reviews are recommending redress schemes for victims of abuse. Insurers, reinsurers, brokers, claims team members, underwriters, and actuaries need to understand what redress is, how expectations may differ widely and that... MORE
IRLA members Networking drinks session
26/09/2019 - Networking
An opportunity for IRLA YPG members to meet senior members from the market in a relaxed & informal setting.   MORE
IRLA Breakfast Briefing – AGM & Meet the Regulators
18/10/2019 - Briefing
TARGET AUDIENCE The Prudential Regulation Authority (BoE) and Financial Conduct Authority are the main regulators of the legacy sector and all senior staff that have contact with the regulators should attend this session. For staff in claims, accounting, compliance... MORE
IRLA Members’ Annual Dinner 2019 – Sold out
14/11/2019 - Networking
We will be returning for the third year running to The Ivory Vaults Please email Secretariat to be out on the wait list MORE

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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