Rebecca West

Associate Solicitor - Commercial Services

What’s your role?

I’m an Associate Solicitor within the Commercial Services team, working alongside Mark O’Halloran to support SME’s and Enterprise clients achieve business objectives.

We deal with a wide variety of commercial matters from drafting and advising on Terms and Conditions to bespoke contracts for new ventures.

Having worked in-house for 5 years in a regulated organisation, I understand first hand the vital role legal advisors can play in supporting and generating business solutions to achieve business growth. In Commercial Services, we appreciate that the right solution requires the legal and regulatory aspects of a matter to be aligned with the commercial objective. 

Throughout my career I have worked closely alongside senior executive management and in-house counsel.  As a result, I recognise that the presentation of legal advice is just as important as the message within it, to supporting internal operations and decision making.

Your experience?

My commercial experience began during my training contract when I was seconded to an in-house team within the insurance sector. Soon after qualification, I was offered a permanent position within the same organisation and remained there for 5 years before joining Coffin Mew LLP.

Working in-house for that time was an invaluable experience and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to support both the wholesale and retail divisions of the organisation, obtaining a well rounded insight into the operations of an insurance company.  I was tasked to draft, advise on, and negotiate, a wide range of commercial contracts. Particular highlights included advising on a multi-million/multi-year affinity insurance agreement, affiliate licence agreements, panel and ancillary product provider agreements and numerous terms of business agreements.

I also worked closely alongside the in-house compliance teams to support business operations deal with regulatory change, including data governance and information security.

Specialisms?

  • Insurance sector
  • Data protection

Which five words best describe you?

  • Attentive
  • Conscientious
  • Personable
  • Approachable
  • Responsive

Three things we didn’t know about you?

  1. I have an unhealthy obsession with usual shoes and collect a particular brand (founded in 1999 as rather “irregular”)!
  2. I love musical theatre, from West End shows to local amateur dramatic performances.
  3. I am hoping to become governor of a local primary school (application in progress!)