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Job title: Partner
2010: Partner, CMS, Edinburgh
2004: Joined CMS, London
privileged to have a ridiculously talented team of solicitors
who are very creative and hard-working. I have been able to
bring back to Scotland what I learned while working in the
insurance market in London.
I am delighted that our team has been instructed by insurers
in numerous high profile and high value disputes in Scotland
and we have developed strong relationships with some great
insured clients. That has meant that we have been able to
expand the insurance team at CMS north of the border and
develop career paths for our team.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
Without doubt the juggling act of legal work, business
development, team training and admin and then trying to
achieve that elusive balance of work and home life. There
are endless opportunities at CMS to get involved in charity
projects and various other events. Prioritising what has to be
done to make time for new challenges is important. In my
case this tends to involve insane bike rides up mountains all
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I would have loved to combine law and sport—maybe
working for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Harriet Munro is a partner in the firm’s insurance and
reinsurance group and is dual qualified in Scotland and
England & Wales.
She has experience in insurance litigation over a number of
sectors, with particular expertise in professional indemnity
claims for construction professionals, including engineers,
architects, design & build contractors, project managers,
quantity and valuation surveyors.
Over the last few years she has developed a broader practice
and has defended claims against insurance brokers, IFAs,
accountants, media and trust fund professionals, as well as
D&O claims. Munro is also regularly instructed by insurers
regarding policy coverage disputes.
The team in Scotland continues to be instructed on some
of the most complex and high value professional negligence
disputes involving issues of Scots law.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I had a limited exposure to the insurance industry in my
early career, working as a construction solicitor in Scotland.
I enjoyed working on professional negligence claims and so
when the opportunity to move to London arose, I wanted to
join a firm with a high profile in insurance. I was extremely
lucky that the insurance team at CMS offered me a role.
Insurance was a whole new world to me at that point, with
a steep learning curve and lots of patience from the partners
supervising me. I found the whole experience challenging
and the international element of the work exciting. The
support I received from CMS in London meant I was able to
stay with the firm on my return to Scotland in 2008. CMS
insurance helped me to build a Scottish practice, retaining
links with the London Market and expanding relationships
with insureds I had worked with in London.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
My current role as partner at CMS in Edinburgh. CMS is
“Our team has been instructed by
insurers in numerous high profile and
high value disputes in Scotland.”
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