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15/09/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Virtual Speaker Event - Employers' Liability Insurance - New Challenges

BILA will be commencing its Autumn virtual lecture series on 15 September at 1 pm with a talk by Andrew Burns QC of Devereux Chambers. Andrew will be looking at current issues in employment liability insurance, a topic of particular relevance in the light of recent debates about the return to work following the COVID lockdown.  What are the EL implications for UK businesses of widespread home-working?  Will EL policies cover claims against employers by workers injured or killed by COVID and what are the causation hurdles?  Also Andrew will give an update on recent EL case law in insurance and reinsurance arising from asbestos claims, look at issues involving employers under the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Acts and touch upon whether directors can be sued by workers for failing to insure them.

Andrew Burns QC is a leading silk in insurance and reinsurance disputes appearing in the Supreme Court in Durham v BAI (Run Off) Ltd (the Employers’ Liability Policy Trigger Litigation), in asbestos insurance cases such as Redman v Zurich and acted in litigation relating to 9/11 reinsurance disputes (Simmonds v Gammell and Allianz v Tonicstar).

Andrew acts for a range of insurers in coverage disputes and policy interpretation points.  His insurance practice is strong and he acts for well-known city insurance firms. He is an editor of The Law of Reinsurance with Colin Edelman QC.  Andrew represented successful insureds and their families in the Supreme Court in Employers’ Liability Policy Trigger Litigation [2012] 1 WLR 867, [2012] ICR 574, [2012] Lloyd’s Rep. IR 371 about the coverage of Employers’ Liability insurance policies in respect of damages for mesothelioma victims.  He appeared in Redman v Zurich Insurance Plc [2018] 1 WLR 280 concerning long-tail claims under the Third Party (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010.

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22/07/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Virtual Speaker Event - Crewing Warranties under IA 2015

We are delighted to announce our next lecture hosted by James Davey alongside our two speakers, Professor Soyer and Dr Livashnee Naidoo.

Professor James Davey is Professor within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton. He joined Southampton Law School in 2014. His research and teaching interests lie in contract and commercial law generally. He notably harbours a strong interest in the Law and Economics of insurance, a strong field of study in the US but not generally intensively considered in the UK where insurance law research tends to be centred on contract law.

Professor Soyer is Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law and is also the Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law. He is a member of the British Maritime Law Association and British Insurance Law Association. He is the author of Warranties in Marine Insurance published by Cavendish Publishing (2001) and Marine Insurance Fraud published by Informa Law (2014). He has also published extensively in elite law journals such as Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Journal of Business Law, Cambridge Law Journal, Law Quarterly Review, Torts Law Journal and Journal of Contract Law. His book on Marine Warranties was the joint winner of the Cavendish Book Prize 2001 and was awarded the British Insurance Law Association Charitable Trust Book Prize in 2002, for the best contribution to insurance literature. A third edition of this book was published in 2016. Similarly, his new book on Marine Insurance Fraud was awarded the same BILA Prize in 2015. He is the also the general editor of the Reforming Marine and Commercial Insurance Law published by Informa in 2008 and one of the editors of Pollution at Sea: Law and Liability published by Informa in 2012, Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air published by Informa in 2013, Offshore Contracts and Liabilities published by Informa Law in 2014, Ship Building, Sale and Finance published by Informa Law in 2015, International Trade and Carriage of Goods by Sea published by Informa Law in 2016, Charterparties: Law, Practice and Emerging Issues published by Informa in 2017, Maritime Liabilities in a Global and Regional Context published by Informa in 2018 and New Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Shipping Law in the 21st Century published by Informa in 2019. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of International Maritime Law, Shipping and Trade Law and editorial committee of the Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (International Maritime and Commercial Law Yearbook). He currently teaches Charter Parties and Carriage of Goods by Sea and Marine Insurance on the LLM Programme and also is the director of Commercial, Maritime and International Trade LLM Programmes.

Dr Livashnee Naidoo is a Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Glasgow. She studied law (cum laude) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and holds a LLM in Shipping Law (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town. She completed her PhD in Marine Insurance Law at the University of Southampton which was fully-funded as a Commonwealth Scholar. Liv was in legal practice as a lawyer and notary specialising in International Trade and Shipping  Law where she acted for ship owners, operators and their insurers. Her areas of expertise are in Shipping and Insurance Law with a particular focus on Contract Law and Theory, digitisation and sustainability. Liv is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the Society of Legal Scholars, and the Maritime Law Association.

13/07/2020 / 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Virtual Speaker Event – The American Legal System's Response to Pandemic-Based Claims for Business Interruption Coverage

Professor Schwarcz will discuss the ongoing controversy in the United States surrounding the availability of business interruption insurance in connection with the COVID-19 Pandemic. His talk will review the key coverage issues that are currently being litigated in the United States, the size and scale of this litigation, and its likely resolution in the months and years to come. Professor Schwarcz will also discuss various state and federal legislative proposals designed to address the availability of business interruption coverage for future pandemics and, in some cases, to retroactively mandate such coverage for the current pandemic.

Daniel Schwarcz is the Fredrikson & Byron Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He is an award-winning teacher and scholar. His research focuses on a broad range of issues in insurance law and regulation, spanning systemic risk, regulatory federalism, consumer protection, employer-sponsored health insurance, and insurance coverage litigation. In 2017, the American Law Institute awarded Schwarcz its highly selective Young Scholars Medal, which recognizes the scholarship of one or two outstanding early-career law professors whose work has the potential to influence improvements in the law. He has also been awarded the Liberty Mutual Prize, which is given annually for the most outstanding article on property and casualty insurance law.

Schwarcz’s scholarship has been published in a wide range of leading law reviews and journals, such as the University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. He is also a co-author of the leading insurance law casebook in the country, Insurance Law and Regulation (7th edition), which has been used as the principal text in courses on insurance law in more than 100 American law schools. Media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio have covered Schwarcz’s scholarship. He regularly testifies to U.S. Congressional committees on insurance matters, and he has served as an expert witness in a wide range of insurance disputes. From 2007 to 2014, he served as a consumer representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Schwarcz teaches courses on contract law, insurance law, the regulation of financial institutions, commercial law, health care regulation and finance, and judicial opinion writing. He has twice received teaching awards at the Law School, in 2008 and 2012.

Schwarcz earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Amherst College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. While in law school, he was an articles editor for the Harvard Law Review and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. After law school, he clerked for Judge Sandra Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced at the law firm Ropes & Gray, where he worked mainly on insurance law matters. He subsequently spent two years as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.


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10/06/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Virtual Speaker Event - Vicarious Liability: Has the Law Come Full Circle?

This webinar will:

  • Review the general principles of vicarious liability in employment and non-employment situations
  • Analyse and explain the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision in Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12
  • Take stock of the up-to-date application of vicarious liability in employment and non-employment situations

Jonathan Bellamy, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, has an established litigation, arbitration and advisory practice in insurance law. His insurance and reinsurance work covers all issues arising in policy interpretation and coverage, including fair presentation of risk, breach of warranty, misrepresentation and fraud. He has dealt with the full range of indemnity and contingency policies, including public liability, professional indemnity, property, business interruption, product liability, contractors’ risks, NHBC, environmental remediation, cyber, D&O, crime/fraud, credit, fidelity, political risk and nuclear risks. In reinsurance matters he has experience in proportional and non-proportional contracts. He also advises on information law, including GDPR and data breach.

22/05/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Virtual Speaker Event - The Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance

We are delighted to announce our next virtual lecture of a brand-new series.

Our second lecture will be given by Professor Tom Baker on 22nd May 2020 on The Restatement of Liability Insurance.

In May 2019 the American Law Institute published the Restatement of the Law Liability Insurance, a project ten years in the making that represented the influential ALI’s first foray into the insurance field. Tom Baker, the Reporter for the Restatement, will explain the ALI and its Restatements, and he will offer his views on why this Restatement appears so vexing to some leaders in the insurance industry.

Tom Baker is the William Maul Measey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is on the faculty of the Law School and the Wharton School of Business. He is the Reporter for the American Law Institute’s recently published Restatement of the Law Liability Insurance. He has conducted research on many topics in the insurance field, including property and casualty insurance, health insurance, the behavioural economics of insurance, and the historical development of insurance ideas and institutions. His most recent completed research project examined the rise of the insurance runoff market. His current research focuses on cyber insurance, aggregate insurance litigation, and the regulation of automated financial decision support. From 1997 to 2008 he was the inaugural Connecticut Mutual Professor and Director of the Insurance Law Centre at the University of Connecticut. In August 2013 he received the Robert B. McKay award, a lifetime scholarly achievement award given by the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. His B.A. and J.D. are from Harvard University.

15/05/2020 / 1:00 pm Virtual Speaker Event - Physical Loss

Business interruption insurance seeks to return to the assured the amount of profit it would have earned had there been no interruption to the business’ operations. Needless to say, in recent weeks the cover for business interruption has been under specific scrutiny. In this seminar, we will discuss issues relating to the interpretation of typical business interruption policy wordings, with reference to a number of different common law cases. The first key issue is to identify the clear purpose of the business interruption clause in a policy. Such clauses will vary from policy to policy. However, a close analysis of the relevant case-law reveals some common problems that derive from such wordings. Some of those issues are

  • What does trigger the operation of the business interruption policy (What is an insured peril under a business interruption cover?)
  • How are the principles of ‘causation’ analysed in respect of the business interruption cover?
  • What does amount to
    1. property
    2. damage
    3. loss
  • The significance of the word ‘physical’ (does the business interruption clause have to be consequent upon a physical damage or loss?)

This interactive seminar that includes a number of case studies will conclude by the determination of whether the COVID-19 related business interruption claims are unprecedented.

Ozlem Gurses is an academic at King’s College London where she teaches insurance and reinsurance law. She studied law at Istanbul University, and completed her masters’ degree in Maritime Law and PhD in Reinsurance Law at the University of Southampton. Ozlem is the author of Reinsuring Clauses (Informa, 2010), Marine Insurance Law (Routledge, 2016, 2nd ed), The Law of Compulsory Motor Vehicle Insurance (Informa, 2019) and she is the updating author of The Insurance of Commercial Risks (Sweet and Maxwell, 2016 5th ed). She is a Committee Member of BILA, she sits on the Presidential Council of AIDA and she is the Vice-Chair of the Reinsurance Working Party of AIDA.

16/03/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Speaker Event - Boundaries between Construction All Risks, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance The Old Library, Lloyd’s, London

We are pleased to announce ‘BILA Book Prize Winner’ Paul Reed QC, will be discussing “Boundaries between Construction All Risks, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance” at our next speaker event on 16th March 2020 at Lloyd’s between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.

Paul is a leading commercial silk specialising in insurance, construction, professional liability and property damage. His books on Construction All Risks Insurance (3rd edition 2020) and Construction and Professional Indemnity Insurance (2nd edition 2021)  published by Sweet & Maxwell are unique reference guides offering a comprehensive analysis of Construction and Engineering insurance and they have respectively been nominated for and winner of the BILA Book prize.

Paul is highly regarded and has an extensive international and domestic practice, working regularly in the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Asia Pacific region as well as other areas. This year he was shortlisted as Construction Silk of the Year in the Legal 500 Awards. He is also an occasional post graduate tutor and lecturer at Kings College and an experienced mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator.

17/02/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Speaker Event - Space Insurance

Nick is a partner in the aerospace team of HFW. He has 35 year’s extensive worldwide experience of aviation and space industry insurance/liability and commercial issues and in depth experience with the related international conventions and organisations.

Nick is consistently recommended by Chambers UK, where he has been lauded as “an aviator, man and boy, with decades of experience in all aspects of aviation and space litigation”. Chambers UK 2017 says “The ‘very good’ and ‘commercially focused’ Nicholas Hughes (Band 1) is a leading aviation practitioner with extensive experience in helicopter insurance matters.” Clients are reported to consider him the “go-to aerospace expert”, someone who is “competent, sensible and knows how to litigate” and “a market leader” (Chambers UK 2015)

Nick is consistently recommended by The International Who’s Who of Aviation lawyers, currently as one of the top 10 aviation lawyers in the world.

20/01/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Speaker Event - Silent Cyber Exposure Issues The Old Library, Lloyd’s, London

In 2017, the UK’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) issued supervisory statement SS4/17 in which it set out its expectation that all regulated insurance and reinsurance firms must have adequate capital provisions and reduce unaccounted for non-affirmative (“silent” or “unintended”) cyber risks exposure. In response, the International Underwriters Association (IUA) and Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) have issued new cyber exclusions in 2018 and 2019 applicable to both marine and non-marine traditional lines of insurance.

Celso de Azevedo of Penningtons Manches Cooper and Peter Wedge of Swiss Re, who are both members of the Cyber Insurance Association, will review the most often currently used cyber exclusions in traditional lines of insurance (e.g. LMA2914/5 in non-marine property insurance as well CL380 in marine and offshore insurance) and contrast these exclusions with the newly issued cyber exclusions.

16/12/2019 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Speaker Event - Climate Change The Old Library, Lloyd’s, London

In a landmark speech at Lloyd’s in 2015, Mark Carney warned of the systemic risk that climate change could pose for the financial services industry. He described three categories of climate risk: physical, transition, and liability.

In this presentation Clyde & Co will explore all three categories and, in particular, the various ways in which liability can arise. They will look at some of the cases already making their way through the courts and also outline the regulatory position, including the PRA’s recent Supervisory Statement.

Nigel handles international insurance and reinsurance disputes and drafts and advises on (re)insurance wordings, including parametric and transactional contracts.

He leads Clyde & Co’s global campaign on Resilience and Climate Change Risk, building a body of know-how and raising awareness of climate-related legal duties and potential liabilities. He co-authored the firm’s 2018 Reports on Parametric Insurance and Inclusive Insurance – exploring the role of innovative risk transfer in closing the global protection gap – and has led Clyde & Co’s 2018/19 series of reports on the rising tide of climate change liability and duties of care.

Laura advises on coverage issues and disputes across all forms of financial lines and directors and officers liability insurance. Her experience encompasses a variety of complex losses and liabilities in many different jurisdictions, often involving combinations of civil, regulatory and criminal proceedings and investigations.

Neil heads the Global Product Liability and Recall practice at Clyde & Co. He specialises in product liability and recall, environmental liability and professional liability. He is a first port of call for complex and cross-border product liability claims and he acts as coverage, defence and monitoring counsel in all parts of the world.

Neil has written and lectured extensively on the risks and opportunities of climate change.  He is particularly interested in the evolving relationship between product and environmental liability.  Neil is currently advising a number of international insurers on their exposure to climate litigation and the policy response to existing claims.

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