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Thoughts from my First Month on Secondment to AIG

As a fourth seat trainee on secondment to AIG, I am thoroughly enjoying my time spent working in-house at one of the world’s largest insurance companies. Three specific areas of my secondment that I am particularly enjoying are the nature of my seat, the types of trainee tasks and the culture of the Legal team. I will consider each of these areas in turn.

At AIG, the London Legal team is split into three separate teams: Personal Insurance Lines, Commercial Insurance Lines and Corporate. My seat is split between the Corporate team and the Personal Insurance Lines team, where I assist with matters from both teams. In addition to the Personal Insurance and Corporate work I help with, there are a wide variety of tasks submitted by the wider business to a shared trainee inbox. It is through this shared inbox that I have also been involved with work from other areas, for example Commercial Insurance Lines. I have also assisted with privacy and data protection matters.

As I am assisting a variety of teams, I work on a wide variety of tasks. Some typical trainee tasks include reviewing and marking-up non-disclosure agreements, statements of work and change orders. I am also asked to review larger agreements, such as master services agreements, and arrange for new contracts to be drafted if the contract I have reviewed requires updating. Most of the tasks I work on from the Personal Insurance Lines team involve multiple jurisdictions, which makes for very interesting work. I am also responsible for taking minutes at the meetings of a committee who assess new insurance products and review the performance of those products after they have launched, which aids in building commercial awareness and industry knowledge.

In terms of teams, I will describe the teams as split into the trainee cohort and the overall London Legal team outlined above. Firstly, there are currently five trainees from different panel law firms of AIG. It is great to be in a group of trainees who can support each other and share the secondment experience. Secondly, the wider legal team is full of experienced, supportive and approachable lawyers who are always happy to explain the background of tasks and answer any questions. The culture at AIG is very friendly and social, with regular virtual team coffees and catch ups scheduled. This has really helped in relation to bonding with the team whilst working from home. The Legal team had a lot of fun at our recent virtual gin tasting event hosted by DLA Piper during my first week of secondment to AIG.

Overall, my experience working with AIG throughout this past month has been very positive. I am always engaged with interesting and varied work from great colleagues. I am very much looking forward to the remainder of my seat and keeping in touch with everyone I have met.

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