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What is BILA?

BILA is a unique organisation, its membership being drawn from insurers, insurance brokers and other intermediaries, academic lawyers, solicitors and barristers.

In addition to UK members, there are many from all over the world. BILA is not only a domestic organisation, it is also the British Chapter of Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA) and is an active participant in all the activities of AIDA including its quadrennial world congress.

Upcoming Event

Funding disputes in 2021: current state of play and forecasts for the future

An introduction into the mechanics of disputes funding and how disputes funders interact with the insurance market, followed by some real-life examples of funding resolutions and forecasts for future trends.

Fiona Heyes

Fiona is the Head of Litigation at Augusta and leads the team undertaking diligence on cases prior to investment and the monitoring of those cases to eventual resolution. She is also chair of Augusta’s investment committee as well as being responsible for communications with investors. In her personal capacity, Fiona has worked on a wide variety of cases including investor state arbitrations, breach of contract disputes, professional negligence claims and large multi-party claims.

Prior to joining Augusta, Fiona was a Partner at Plexus Law and before that she was a Partner at Pinsent Masons for many years specialising in a wide range of commercial disputes with particular expertise in professional indemnity claims.

Sean McGuiness

Sean is an Investment Manager specialising in high value international arbitration and cross-border litigation, with a particular focus on the energy and natural resources and financial services sectors. He is responsible for identifying claims and developing funding structures for general commercial disputes. Sean’s focus on commercial disputes in energy and natural resources and financial services Enables Augusta to address the particular risks, commercial challenges and complex issues faced by clients operating in these sectors globally.

Prior to joining Augusta, Sean worked in the international dispute resolution team at DLA Piper. Sean worked on a wide variety of claims involving parties across the globe, particularly in Africa and offshore jurisdictions.



We do not have any lectures planned; please check back frequently!


What is AIDA?

BILA is the UK National Chapter of the Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA), a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1960 with the aim, through international collaboration, of promoting knowledge of international and national insurance law and related matters of interest.

BILA is the UK National Section of AIDA and an active national member of AIDA Europe.

The BILA Journal


The BILA Journal (“Journal”) is the official journal of the Association. The Journal was first launched in 1964 and has been published regularly since then.

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