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Past events

18/11/2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunchtime Lecture – David Chadwick, Partner, Kennedys Law LLP Will be Discussing ‘Political Risk’ on 18th November 2019 13:00 – 14:00 pm The Old Library, Lloyd’s, One Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA (courtesy of Lloyd’s of London), London

Book now to hear David Chadwick discuss Political Risk. David qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1992. His practice has a particular focus on policies involving political and financial risk, professional indemnity and insurance and reinsurance.

A specialist in insurance, David has vast experience advising political risk insurers in relation to the adjustment and defence of claims involving all types of political risk policies, such as confiscation, expropriation, nationalisation and deprivation, and contract frustration and contingency (change of law) policies. He has also advised clients on credit insurance policies and has acted on a range of political violence and ‘discord risk’ claims, building up significant experience involving multi-jurisdictional claims in Africa, EMEA and Latin America.

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31/10/2019 / 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm BREXIT AND BEYOND: THE FUTURE OF THE LONDON INSURANCE MARKET AFTER BREXIT The Old Library, Lloyds, London

Brexit Day is currently scheduled for 31 October 2019, although it remains open to question whether, when and on what terms Brexit will take place. BILA has assembled a group of expert speakers to discuss the future of the London Market after Brexit.  They will look at:

  • The London Market’s actions to date and whether they suffice:
    • New EU carriers/Part VII transfers/UK branches/broker restructuring.
    • Have policyholders been prejudiced?
    • How has Brexit affected international open market placements into the UK?
    • Issues arising from Part VII transfers. What are the alternatives?
    • How is London Market business to be serviced?
    • Where will disputes be heard? Will UK law and courts lose out?
    • Will it matter if the UK exits without a deal?
  • After Brexit: new ways of conducting business; technology; and new legal and regulatory structures.
    • The index linked securities market – does the UK’s legal infrastructure respond and can it be improved? Will English law be used in contracts? Where/how (court or arbitration) will disputes be heard? Does Brexit affect the developing ILS market?
    • Products sold via the internet – how does law and jurisdiction work with cross border sales? How can English law and dispute resolution processes stay in the lead?
    • Large international open market placements – what long term effects will Brexit have? How should London remain a hub?
    • Regulation of London carriers and brokers – can this be improved or streamlined post Brexit? Which EU regulations/directives can be improved to make London more attractive? How can the regulators assist London to remain a hub?

Speakers include:
David Kendall – Partner,
Cooley John Abramson – General Counsel,
Travelers James Smethurst – Partner,
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Clarissa Franks – Managing Director,
Marsh Nigel Brook – Partner,
Clyde & Co Professor James Davey – Professor of Contract and Commercial Law, University of Southampton
Malcolm Newman – Managing Director, SCOR SE EMEA Hub
Noona Barlow – UK Head of Claims,
AIG Rob Lumley – Director and Co-Founder, Insurtech Gateway

Venue: Lloyd’s Old Library
Registration: 15:00
Conference start: 15:30
Drinks: 17:45 – 19:00

11/10/2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Key Developments in Insurance Contract Law & Regulation 2019 The Old Library, Lloyd’s, London

At a time of considerable change, this lecture will reflect on key case law and regulatory developments in 2019. Highlights include the review of pricing in general insurance by the FCA, ‘use of a vehicle’ in motor insurance, ‘malicious acts’ in marine insurance, and actions for fraudulent insurance claims beyond ‘forfeiture’.

James Davey is Professor of Contract & Commercial Law at the University of Southampton.

16/09/2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Monday 16th September 2019 - Jonathan Bellamy - The vicarious liability of Local Authorities – where does the law now draw the line? The Old Library, Lloyd’s, London
Local Authorities are particularly exposed to direct and vicarious liability claims due to the nature of the activities undertaken to perform their statutory functions and powers, including now their general power of competence.
15/07/2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Monday 15th July 2019 - 1.00pm - Dr Miriam Goldby - Smart Contracts for Insurance The Old Library, Lloyd’s, London

Smart Contracts for Insurance

Smart contracts technology has great potential to impact positively upon the design, formation and performance of insurance contracts. This lecture will explore potential uses of the technology within the insurance space and deal with legal issues that arise as a result, including both private law issues and regulation and compliance issues. The lecture is being scheduled to coincide with a report on smart contracts shortly to be published by Lloyd’s on which Dr Goldby is a contributing author.

Dr. Miriam Goldby is a Reader in Shipping, Insurance and Commercial Law, at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. She is the Deputy Director of the Centre’s Insurance Law Institute and Director of its LLM in International Shipping Law in London. Apart from articles and book chapters, she has published three books: Electronic Documents in Maritime Trade (OUP, 2013), the second edition of which will be published in 2019; Systemic Risk and the Future of Insurance Regulation edited with A. Georgosouli, (Informa 2015); and The Role of Arbitration in Shipping Law, edited with L Mistelis (OUP, 2016). She is vice chair of ICC UK’s Commercial Law and Practice Committee and a member of the Comité Maritime International’s Standing Committee on the Carriage of Goods. She is also deputy editor of the British Insurance Law Association (BILA) Journal.

25/06/2019 / 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Tuesday, 25th June 2019 - Ben Elkington QC & Josh Folkard DCA Beachcroft, London

Over a decade since it last did so (in HLB Kidsons v Lloyd’s Underwriters), the Court of Appeal has recently re-considered the law relating to the notification of circumstances to claims made policies.  Ben Elkington QC and Josh Folkard, who acted for the Insured, will review the decision in Euro Pools v RSA [2019] EWCA Civ 808, and discuss its potentially significant implications for insureds, brokers and insurers.

17/06/2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Monday 17th June 2019 - Paul Brady - The Changing Delegated Authority Landscape at Lloyd’s The Old Library, Lloyds, London

With the insurance market going through a period of significant change Lloyd’s is responding to ensure the market is positioned to take advantage of those developments as it aims to remain the market of choice. Technological and market changes are impacting the coverholder model and against this context Lloyd’s is currently undertaking its most significant overhaul of its delegated authority oversight framework for over 15 years. The changes which Lloyd’s have announced are intended to make Lloyd’s approach more risk-based and flexible, while making it easier and cheaper to do business at Lloyd’s. As Lloyd’s Head of Policyholder & Third Party Oversight, Paul Brady is responsible for leading this programme and he will be speaking to BILA about the work his team are undertaking and what it means for those who participate in the market or act as advisers to it.

20/05/2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm The FCA Wholesale Insurance Broker Market Study – the inside story and other hot topics in competition law and insurance The Old Library, Lloyds, 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.

15/04/2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Pension Liabilities – employers, group companies, directors: an introduction The Old Library, Lloyd’s, London

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).

15/03/2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Fraud: Lies, Damned Lies and Insurance Claims The Old Library, Lloyd’s, London

In this BILA lunchtime lecture, James Davey will consider the reliability of statistics on insurance fraud, and the effect that this has on lawmakers and policymakers.

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