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Lunchtime Lectures

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 20th May, 2019

“The FCA Wholesale Insurance Broker Market Study – the inside story and other hot topics in competition law and insurance”
The Old Library, Lloyds of London

Bill Batchelor

BILA is pleased to welcome back Bill Batchelor, a partner of Skadden Arps, to bring us up-to-date on the work of the competition team of the UK Financial Conduct Authority. This will include an examination of the FCA’s findings, published in February this year, from their market study which commenced in 2017. Bill will look at questions left unanswered by the FCA, compliance pointers and lessons for the insurance sector.  Bill will also expand his talk to look at other hot antitrust topics for the industry including the FCA’s first eye-opening competition law fine for information exchange, demonstrating the slippery slope from market intelligence to cartel conduct, as well as antitrust compliance for facilities, big data and Insurtech.

Edward W. (Bill) Batchelor has 20 years of EU and U.K. competition law experience and focuses his practice on conduct investigations, including abuse of dominance, cartels and vertical agreements. 

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 15th April, 2019

David Pollard
“Pension Liabilities – employers, group companies, directors: an introduction”
The Old Library, Lloyds, One Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA

David Pollard
David Pollard is a barrister practising from Wilberforce Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn in London. Until 2017, he practised as a solicitor and was (for 25 years) a partner in Freshfields, practising mainly pensions, employment and insolvency law. David practiced with Freshfields for three years in Singapore in the 1980s.
David was chair of the Association of Pension Lawyers (APL) from 2001 to 2003. David is an editor of the journal ‘Trust Law International’.
David’s books include:
• The Law of Pension Trusts (Oxford University Press, 2013);
• Corporate Insolvency: Pension Rights and Corporate Insolvency: Employment Rights (6th eds, December 2016, Bloomsbury Professional); 
• Employment Law and Pensions (Bloomsbury Professional, 2016);
• Freshfields on Corporate Pensions Law (editor) – annual editions from 2012 to 2015 (Bloomsbury Professional).

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 15th March, 2019

“Friday 15th March - Professor James Davey - Fraud: Lies, Damned Lies and Insurance Claims”

Professor James Davey

James Davey is Professor of Insurance and Commercial Law at the University of Southampton. He has written extensively on insurance contract law and regulation. His work on insurance fraud was argued before the Supreme Court in Versloot and his recommendations on the use of behavioural science to combat insurance fraud were adopted by the Insurance Fraud Taskforce.

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 15th February, 2019

“Law of Privilege – developments relevant to in-house lawyers: one step forward, two steps back”

Nik Yeo

Nik Yeo, a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, was called to the Bar in 2000. Nik specialises in high-value complex commercial litigation and arbitration spanning a number of practice areas including banking, financial services, professional negligence, energy/natural resources, insurance and reinsurance. His work often draws on his previous experience as a transactional solicitor at Slaughter & May and regularly has an international or cross-border element. He was awarded Professional Negligence Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Awards 2016 and is a contributing author of The Law of Privilege (OUP 3rd ed 2018), the leading text on legal professional privilege. He frequently advises on privilege issues, for example for a major utility seeking to structure its internal communications in respect of serious accidents in such a way as to maximise the scope of privilege.


Tamara Oppenheimer 

Tamara, a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, was called to the Bar in 2002. Tamara is a high-profile junior with a broad commercial and civil practice spanning a number of areas of expertise including Aviation, Banking & Finance, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Civil Fraud, Insurance and Reinsurance, International Arbitration and Professional Negligence. Tamara is regularly instructed to advise major institutions on privilege issues arising in connection with regulatory and/or criminal investigations. She is considered an expert on Privilege, and was part of the successful Counsel team in the well-publicised victory for ENRC against the SFO in the Court of Appeal. Tamara is also co-author of Thanki’s The Law of Privilege and is a contributor to GIR’s Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations. Described in the directories as “a great advocate with fantastic attention to detail”, Tamara is consistently ranked in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, and recently won the Junior barrister of the year for Banking at the Chambers Bar Awards 2018.

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 18th January, 2019

“Friday 18th January 2019 - BIM & Modular Construction - a brave new world for design responsibility”

Tom Ogden

Tom has experience of acting in matters involving material non-disclosure, inducement, incorporation of terms, waiver and notification under the terms of a professional indemnity policy. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants.
Tom has wide experience in the field of professional liability. His experience includes claims involving, amongst others, accountants, auditors, tax advisors, valuers, financial services professionals, construction professionals and insurance brokers. He also has experience of defending wasted costs orders.
Tom has experience both of pure construction disputes and disputes against construction professionals.







David Turner

David specialises in construction-related claims including construction-related insurance claims, claims against construction professionals, and claims relating to defective construction materials. He has been described in the Directories as “a superb courtroom performer and deadly cross-examiner”, “tactically astute with a forensic approach to detail”, “very quick thinking on his feet”, having “a measured style which earns the court’s trust” and is “great with clients”.

David’s practice has typically involved large-scale disputes in the Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court and in arbitration both at home and overseas. Recent and current construction cases include claims arising from defective erection of a hotel constructed from modular units, a high-value dispute between a waste authority and its PFI contractor and a claim arising out of damage to an oil refinery while under construction

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