Responding to change: aligning the legal team with the business—an interview with Paul Donovan of Canopius, insurance and reinsurance group

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  • Responding to change: aligning the legal team with the business—an interview with Paul Donovan of Canopius, insurance and reinsurance group
  • Tell us a little bit about your background and your team
  • What was the reason behind reorganising and developing the legal team?
  • What first steps did you take to put your plan into action?
  • How did you get buy-in from colleagues in other departments?
  • How have you implemented the changes?
  • What has been the overall outcome of the process so far?
  • And finally, what lessons have you learned?

Responding to change: aligning the legal team with the business—an interview with Paul Donovan of Canopius, insurance and reinsurance group

In this interview, Paul Donovan of international insurance and reinsurance group, Canopius, describes how a new company vision can give rise to an opportunity to raise the profile of the legal team and maximise its contribution to the business.

Tell us a little bit about your background and your team

I started my career in a professional company secretarial practice. To go further in the field, I thought you needed either an accounting or a legal qualification. So, as I’d always had an interest in law, I decided to go down the lawyer route and spent several years (while working) getting the GDL, as it was then, followed by the BVC. I was called to the Bar before moving in-house with an international food franchising company.

Moving to Canopius was a very steep learning curve, but I relished the challenge. I’ve held other positions at Canopius, but have been head of legal for just over two years. Alongside me there is a legal associate and a legal assistant, and we’ve just taken on a legal administrator. It’s a very lean team, but that’s great because it offers plenty of opportunities for the team to get exposure throughout the business. We also have a large informal panel of external

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