30/8/2016 by Katherine Memery
This month, we sat down with Emily Thomas, senior in-house solicitor at AcastaEurope. Acasta is a specialist ATE Insurer that is majority owned by Fred Done, co-founder of betting heavyweight BetFred.
Where’s your favourite place to eat out?
Manchester has got so many amazing restaurants. Over the last few years, the food scene here has really developed and there is so much variety. I love Hawksmoor and Iberica for a treat and Viet Shack in the Arndale when I want to grab something quickly, but my favourite thing to eat is curry; Mughli in Rusholme never gets it wrong!
Having trained in private practice, what drew you to go in-house?
I qualified in the middle of the recession when NQ jobs were few and far between. A recruiter suggested an in-house role underwriting After the Event Insurance and I decided to take a chance and go for it! 5 and a half years later, I am still in the same industry albeit with a different company and I absolutely love it. I couldn’t imagine going back to time recording again now!
Besides having a notable bookmaker on the board, what would you say sets Acasta apart from your competition?
We really pride ourselves on our service. We try to be more responsive and more flexible than other insurance companies and the feedback we get in this respect is fantastic. Some legal expenses insurers take at least 2 weeks to review a proposal whereas we aim to respond within 72 hours. We also try to come up with tailor-made solutions; if a standard product doesn’t fit, we will do our best to adapt it to the client’s needs.
Do you see Brexit having a significant impact on the buoyant Manchester economy?
I really hope not but I think it’s too early to say. It really depends on the post-EU deal that is negotiated. There’s talk of increased investment from the Far East and we need to look at innovative ways to find opportunities raised by leaving Europe. The next few years will be a challenge but Manchester has overcome many challenges in the past; I’m sure we will come out the other side stronger than ever.
What’s your favourite time of the year and why?
I love spring and seeing all the daffodils and other spring flowers coming up. It is such a positive time of year – the days getting lighter and looking forward to the summer ahead. Although, living in Manchester, the summer ends up being about a week long then it rains again!
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