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Lunchtime Lectures

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 27th October, 2017

Professor James Davey - University of Southampton
“"After the Gold Rush: Insurance Regulation in the FinTech Era"”
The Presentation Rooms, Gallery 11, Lloyd's, One Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA

http://www.bila.org.uk/resources/After the Gold Rush.pdf

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 15th September, 2017

Julian Burling
“Brokers - duties and developments”
The Old Library, Lloyds, Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA

http://bila.org.uk/resources/css/Slides Julian Burling.pdfhttp://bila.org.uk/resources/css/Slides Julian Burling.pdf

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 21st July, 2017

Jeffrey Gruder QC
“Arbitrating Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes: Transparent and Impartial?”
The Old Library, Lloyds, Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA

http://bila.org.uk/resources/css/JG Slides 21.7.17.pdfJeffrey Gruder QC is widely recognised a leading silk at the Commercial Bar. He is “An extremely able and thorough advocate with an extraordinary knowledge of the law,” as well as being “A lawyer with a nice persuasive advocacy style who is a great cross-examiner.” He is client-friendly, has a high profile practice and a wide array of experience in international litigation and arbitration.

"In Aldcroft v International Cotton Association [2017] EWHC 62 Comm (30 March 2017), a deputy judge in the Commercial Court said "it is clear that the risk of a perception of lack of impartiality resulting from repeat appointments is a legitimate concern in the international arbitration community", and and held that it was reasonable for the Cotton association to seek to limit repeat Appointments of the same arbitrator by the same party. 

I will explore the extent to which repeat appointments of the same arbitrator by the same party may also be a potential problem in insurance arbitration as well as other recent cases which relate to impartiality of arbitrators."

 

Event - 17:30, 19th June, 2017

Chaired by Lady Justice Gloster; Speakers: Sir Richard Aikens, Brick Court Chambers, Julian Burling, Serle Court Chambers & Sean McGovern, XL Catlin
“BILA Symposium - 17:30, Monday 19th June 2017 - Brexit and Insurance”
13th Floor Auditorium. Clyde & Co LLP, The St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AR
£40.00 (Members: £25.00)

Overview

When the UK ceases to be a member of the EU UK insurers will lose the passport rights within the EU single market which they currently enjoy under the Solvency II Directive regime. EU member state insurers may lose the reciprocal automatic authorisation rights for insurance business which they wish to carry on in the UK. What legal mechanisms will UK insurers be able to adopt to continue writing business currently written by virtue of a single market passport? If there is no comprehensive UK-EU agreement to what extent will they be able to rely on "equivalence" provisions or the Solvency II "third country" provisions? How will insurers having EU member home states be able to continue to write UK business?

To what extent will the Solvency II regime continue in practice to inform the prudential regulation and supervision of insurers in the UK, or the new Insurance Distribution Directive the marketing and sale of insurance products?

What practical steps are UK insurers (or their group parents) planning or already taking to adjust to changing legal framework after Brexit?

What rules will the English courts apply for recognising the jurisdiction of English or foreign courts to hear and determine cases involving cross-border elements; or for determining the substantive law applicable to them?

Our panellists will consider these and other questions.

Sir Richard Aikens is a recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal and now sits as an arbitrator in commercial cases. He previously practised at the commercial bar and on his appointment to the High Court was a judge of the Commercial and Admiralty Courts. He has extensive experience of insurance matters and is a Visiting Professor at both King’s College and Queen Mary University of London. He is a past President of BILA

Julian Burling is a barrister practising at Serle Court Chambers, predominantly in insurance law and regulation. He is the author of, or contributor to, several books on those matters. He was previously Counsel to Lloyd’s. He is a past Chairman and currently a Vice-President of BILA.

Sean McGovern is ‎Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Regulatory and Government Affairs at XL Catlin. He was previously Director and General Counsel at Lloyd’s, also becoming Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Lloyd’s Franchise Board. He is a non-executive board member of TheCityUK. He is the current Deputy President of BILA.

Following short presentations Lady Justice Gloster, the President of BILA, will invite questions and comments for the panel from the audience. In the Court of Appeal, where she is Vice-President of the Civil Division, Gloster LJ has delivered a number of insurance related judgments. Before her appointment to the Court of Appeal, she was a judge of the Commercialand Admiralty Courts. She previously practised at the Commercial and Chancery Bars, where she appeared in numerous cases involving insurance and reinsurance insolvency matters, including Bermuda Fire & Marine and EMLICO.

Registration will commence at 5.00pm when tea and coffee will be provided. The admission charge is £25 for BILA members and £40 for non-BILA members.

Refreshments after the formal proceedings of the Symposium are sponsored by Clyde & Co LLP and are without further charge.

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 16th June, 2017

Dr Miriam Goldby
“Modernisation of the London Insurance Market: Harnessing Electronic Communications in Support of Placement”
The Old Library, Lloyds, Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA

Abstract: In recent years, the London Insurance Market has seen a drive towards modernisation, with an aim to maintain the market’s competitiveness while at the same time increasing contract certainty for insurers and assureds alike. Within this context, the market has sought to harness electronic communications to support the placement process and maintain, throughout the placement period, an up-to-date record of discussions and negotiations. The most recent development in this regard, the PPL, has the potential to be a very significant step towards this objective. This lecture will examine the potential legal implications of these developments for the law relating to insurance contracts.

 

Bio: Dr Miriam Goldby is Reader in Shipping, Insurance and Commercial Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), director of Centre’s LLM in International Shipping Law in London, of its Dual LLM in Commercial Law (Singapore and London) offered in association with Singapore Management University and of the School of Law's MA in Law by Research. She is also Deputy Director of the Centre’s Insurance Law Institute and Deputy Editor of the British Insurance Law Association Journal. Prior to joining Queen Mary, Miriam conducted research as a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University in Washington DC, USA. Between September 2007 and December 2010 she held a lectureship post at the University of Surrey where she taught Contract Law, Commercial Law and Banking Law. She read for her PhD degree at University College London where she also held the post of teaching fellow between January 2004 and August 2007, and taught on the LLM Banking Law and LLM International Trade Law courses. She has published extensively on various areas of commercial and financial law. Since November 2012 she has participated in the work of UNCITRAL’s Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce) as delegate and as a member of the Experts Group and contributed to the drafting of an instrument on Electronic Transferable Records. She is the author of Electronic Documents in Maritime Trade: Law and Practice (OUP, 2013).

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