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BILA Book Prize

The Trustees of the British Insurance Law Association Charitable Trust have established a prize known as the “British Insurance Law Association Book Prize”. The Prize of £1,000 is available to be awarded annually to the author (or joint authors) of a published work constituting in the opinion of the Trustees the most notable contribution to literature in the field of law as it affects insurance.

How to apply / eligibility

To qualify for the prize the work must first have been published in the English Language in the calendar year immediately preceding the year in which the prize is to be awarded.

Authors wishing to have their work considered for the Prize should apply in writing to Ms Alison Green, BILA Trustee c/o 2 Temple Gardens, Temple, London EC4Y 9AY before 30th April in the year following publication, submitting one copy of their work.

The Trustees in their absolute discretion may decide that the prize shall not be awarded in any year and the decision of the Trustees on any matter relating to the Prize shall be final.

Winner of the 2020 BILA Book Prize

Following the British Insurance Law Association’s AGM held virtually on 22 October 2020, Alison Green, Chair of the BILA Charitable Trust, announced the award of the 2020 BILA Book Prize to Brendan McGurk, Barrister practising at Monckton Chambers for the following work:

Data Profiling and Insurance Law

First Edition, 2019

Brendan McGurk

Published by Hart Publishing

In the course of congratulating the winner Alison Green said : “The trustees commend this book both for its originality and readability.  Insurers are increasingly using Big Data and know a great deal more about us and the risks we present. The book explores the impact of insurers’ access to such data and predictive analytics on the conduct of insurance business. It goes on to consider how this may affect traditional principles of insurance law. The book is a worthy winner of this year’s prize”

A 25% discount code for the hardback and paperback versions of ‘Data Profiling and Insurance Law’ by Brendan McGurk, are available to BILA members.

Members can order the hardback here:


or the paperback here:


At the checkout, as a valued BILA Member please input the discount code BILA25 to benefit from this offer.

Previous winners


Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance by Paul Reed QC, published by Sweet & Maxwell


Insurance Law Implications of Delay in Maritime Transport – by Dr Aysegul Bugra – Informa Law from Routledge


Chinese Insurance Contracts – Law and Practice by Prof Zhen Jing – Informa Law from Routledge


The Law of Motor Insurance by Prof Robert Merkin QC and Maggie Hemsworth – Sweet & Maxwell


Marine Insurance Fraud by Baris Soyer – Informa


Lloyd’s: Law and Practice by Julian Burling – Informa Law


Research Handbook on International Insurance Law & Regulation edited by Julian Burling and Kevin Lazarus – Edward Elgar


Joint Winners: 

  • Liability Insurance in International Arbitration: The Bermuda Form, 2nd Edition, by Richard 
    Jacobs QC, Paul Stanley QC and Lorelie S. Masters – Hart Publishing
  • The Bermuda Form: Interpretation and Dispute Resolution of Excess Liability Insurance by David Scorey, Richard Geddes and Chris Harris – OUP


Dr. Judith P. Summer for Insurance Law & the Financial Ombudsman Service – Informa


John Dunt of Clyde & Co for “Marine Cargo Insurance” – Lloyd’s List/Informa