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Lunchtime Lectures

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 13th January, 2017

Mark Cannon QC
“The Impact of Impact Funding –v- AIG on the Construction of Contracts of Insurance”
The Old Library, Lloyd's, One Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA

Our speaker is Mark Cannon QC leading counsel for the successful appellant insurer in Impact Funding Solutions –v- AIG Europe in the Supreme Court.

Mark has practiced in the fields of insurance and professional liability since joining 4 New Square 30 years ago. He is co-author of Cannon & McGurk on Professional Indemnity Insurance (OUP, 2nd edition 2016).


While the issue before the Supreme Court in Impact Funding Solutions –v- AIG Europe [2016] UKSC 57 was narrow, the decision is of wider importance, both for the construction of insurance policies complying with the SRA Minimum Terms and Conditions for Solicitors and for insurance policies more generally. The majority rejected the insured’s argument that clauses excluding heads of liability from cover should be construed narrowly or contra proferentem and held that they should be given their natural meaning consistent with the purpose of the policy and its heading (“Solicitors Professional Liability”).

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 9th December, 2016

Richard Lord QC
“Fraudulent claims - how much has changed in the last six months?”
The Old Library, Lloyd's, Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA

“Fraudulent claims - how much has changed in the last six months?”

The summer of 2016 has provided a number of decision on fraudulent claims, including two in the Supreme Court. The Insurance Act 2016 with its provisions on this subject is now in force. The case of Versloot divided opinion not just in the Supreme Court who decided it in July but also in the ranks of lawyers and insurers who pondered its implications. Some saw it as a “fraudster’s charter”; others as a rational step away from the most anomalous aspects of an anachronistic common law rule. The decision gives in one sense a simple answer to the key question posed on appeal, but it raises others, and provides much food for thought for insurance lawyers interested in the conceptual analysis as well as the result. Insurers were more successful in Zurich v Hayward, also concerning fraudulent claims. The talk will consider amongst other issues “what is fraud ?”, “what is a fraudulent claim ?” and what is the relevance of the post contractual duty of utmost good faith.

Our speaker is Richard Lord QC, leading counsel for the successful appellant assured in Versloot. Richard has specialised in commercial litigation and in particular in marine insurance since joining Brick Court Chambers over 30 years ago.

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 18th November, 2016

Peter Macdonald Eggers QC
“Joint and Composite Insurance Policies”
The Old Library, Lloyd's, Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA

Peter Macdonald Eggers QC of 7 King’s Bench Walk will talk on “Joint and Composite Insurance Policies”; further information to follow.

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 14th October, 2016

Professor Rob Merkin
“Professor Rob Merkin’s annual insurance law update 2016”
The Old Library, Lloyd's, 1 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ

On the 14th October 2016, BILA is pleased to welcome Professor Rob Merkin QC, University of Exeter; Special Counsel, DLA Piper for his Annual Update on Insurance Law.  The Lunchtime Lecture will be held at 1pm in The Old Library, Lloyd's, 1 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ, courtecy of Lloyd's of London.

Event - 08:45, 3rd October, 2016

Peter Cave,(BA Hons) FCII
“The Commercial Awareness Seminar Series - Talk 5: "Lloyd's and the London Market - with a hint of The City's History"”
Gallery 11, Room 1 & 2 at Lloyd's, 1 Lime Street, London EC3M 7HA

Hosted by the BILA Future Insurance Professional's Group, in association with the Lloyd's Market Association

A series of talks giving a unique opportunity to get a ‘client’s eye view’ of how the Industry works

Talk 5: "Lloyd's and the London Market - with a hint of The City's History"
Date & time: Monday 3rd October 2016, 9am - 10am (Registration opens at 8.45 a.m.)

Summary: Peter, who has decades of experience working in the City as a Lloyd’s Broker, will start his presentation by explaining  how the City of London’s unique structure has evolved from Roman times to today – some things are a great deal older than you may realise.

He will then give his own personal take on Lloyd’s, its past and some of the major problems that it has overcome, its present structure and operation, finishing with a look into the future.

This will be an excellent session for anyone working with clients operating in the Insurance/Reinsurance area or anyone seeking background to one of the major financial centres of the world.

Open to trainees, paralegals and pupil barristers only.

Further details of lectures and topics will be added in due course

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