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Past events

30/03/2021 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Smart Contracts and the Future of Law - Professor Sarah Green, Law Commissioner

Professor Green was appointed as Law Commissioner for Commercial and Common law on 01 January 2020. She was previously Professor of Private Law at the University of Bristol.  Prior to that, she was Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford, and, before that, a lecturer at the University of Birmingham from 2001 – 2010.  Before embarking on her academic career, she was a software consultant at Accenture.

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16/03/2021 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Irish Insurance Law Update: An overview of the Consumer Insurance Contracts Act 2019 and how it compares with consumer insurance law in England & Wales

Andrew McGahey and David Strahan of Kennedys (Dublin) will provide an overview of the key features of the Consumer Insurance Contracts Act 2019, the implications of its phased commencement during 2020 and 2021 and how it compares to consumer insurance law in England and Wales.

25/02/2021 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Decision-making by (re)insurers limits on contractual rights Alison Padfield QC

Alison Padfield QC

Alison Padfield QC is a barrister specialising in commercial dispute resolution.  She has particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance, professional conduct/discipline and regulation, and professional liability.

Alison is the author of Insurance Claims (Bloomsbury Professional). The 5th edition of Insurance Claims has gone to press and will be published this month.

Alison won Insurance Silk of the Year at the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards 2020.

Decision-making by (re)insurers – limits on contractual rights

In this lecture, Alison will discuss the impact of Braganza v BP Shipping Ltd and look at how the developing principles might apply in various contexts such as:

  • Clauses requiring ‘proof satisfactory to insurers’ (PHI – current status of Napier v UNUM)
  • Requirements for insurers’ consent
  • Claims control clauses
  • Innocent non-disclosure clauses (UK Acorn Finance v Markel)


27/01/2021 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm U.S. Sanctions and the International Insurance Market - David Mortlock

David Mortlock is a partner and chair of the Global Trade & Investment Group at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington. David provides clients with guidance on compliance and enforcement on national-security related issues, including sanctions and export controls, anti-money laundering, and CFIUS. He helps clients build and implement compliance programs, conduct internal investigations, respond to government inquiries, and address with enforcement actions. From October 2013 to November 2015, David was Director for International Economic Affairs at the White House National Security Council, where he was responsible for coordinating interagency work on sanctions, anticorruption, and other illicit finance issues. From August 2009 to October 2013, he held a number of roles at the Department of State, including Attorney-Advisor for Sanctions and Terror Finance and Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy. David was centrally involved in developing and/or easing the sanctions programs for Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria, and Venezuela, among other programs.

David will discuss the U.S. economic sanctions regime and its implications for the global insurance industry.  In recent years, U.S. authorities, particularly the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), have shown increased interest in insurance providers, brokers and re-insurers and have brought a number of enforcement actions based on prohibited coverage, claims, and even related payments involving U.S. financial institutions.  David will address these shifting risks for the insurance industry in the midst of an expanding U.S. regime and the transition to the Biden-Harris Administration.


10/12/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Brexit & Insurance : Where to From Here?

10th December 2020
1pm – 2pm
BILA Virtual Lecture
Brexit & Insurance : Where to From Here?
BBILA welcomes Bill Batchelor, George Belcher, Rob Stirling and Eve-Christie Vermynck of Skadden Arps to lecture on Brexit & Insurance: Where To From Here? While the industry gets to grips with the implications of Brexit and EIOPA’s Recommendation 9 for their own organisations, we look to the future of the EU/UK relationship. What next for equivalency, data protection rules and future trading arrangements post-Brexit, and how will this affect insurance

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. Mr. Batchelor also regularly represents clients on EU and global merger control matters and litigation, and provides counsel on distribution and collaboration agree¬ments in complex and highly regulated industries, such as health care, financial services, insurance, media and entertainment, and gambling, among others.

George Belcher focuses on insurance-related public and private acquisitions and private
equity investments, as well as regulatory issues in the insurance sector. He also frequently
advises on matters related to Lloyd’s of London. Mr. Belcher is a member of and attends a
number of industry bodies, including City Lawyers’ Solvency II Group, City of London Law
Society (Insurance Sub-Committee) and the Financial Markets Law Committee (Insurance

Robert Stirling focuses on insurance and asset management matters, as well as the
regulatory tory issues involved in transactional work and the insurance sector generally. He
advises on public and private acquisitions, private equity investments, portfolio and other
risk transfers, share offerings and asset disposals. Mr. Stirling also has handled numerous
representations for clients such as Phoenix Group, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co.,
Endurance Specialty Holdings, Prudential plc, Marsh and TDR Capital.

Eve-Christie Vermynck focuses her practice on technology, data protection and
cybersecurity matters. She assists a wide range of international clients across various
industries on technol¬ogy projects, including in connection with technology transfer deals,
outsourcing, services and licensing arrangements, and cloud contracts. Working closely with
lawyers in Skadden’s corporate and private equity practice groups, Ms. Vermynck advises
on the technology-, commercial-, data protection- and cybersecurity-related issues involved
in complex transac¬tions, including with respect to emerging issues in big data, AI,
blockchain, smart technol¬ogy, health care and fintech. She also advises clients in a variety
of regulatory and litigation matters, including cross-border regulatory proceedings, and
privacy and cybersecurity issues

27/11/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Insurance Law: 2020 Update - Professor James Davey

James Davey is Professor of Insurance & Commercial Law within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton. He joined Southampton Law School in 2014. His research and teaching interests lie in insurance and commercial law generally. He is currently Deputy President of the British Insurance Law Association (BILA).

This lecture will consider key developments in insurance and marine insurance law during the past twelve months, with discussion of litigation relating to business interruption insurance and COVID; non-disclosure; duties of good faith and utmost good faith; third-party rights against insurers and within motor insurance. On the regulatory side, consideration will be given to the FCA action son dual pricing, in the General insurance pricing practices market study.


06/11/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm What is a Protection Gap?

Professor Jay Feinman of Rutgers Law School (USA) will be in conversation with Professor James Davey of Southampton University (UK).

In the past few years the insurance community has paid increasing attention to the “protection gap”—the extent to which significant losses are not covered by insurance. The Geneva Association, the insurers’ global think tank, has pioneered the concept, and it has become widely adopted. Insurance always presents gaps in coverage; not all risks are insured or indeed insurable. The protection gap concept necessarily embodies a normative component—that insureds with limited coverage, potential insureds who lack insurance, and society as a whole suffer when certain gaps in insurance exist. It is this normative component of the protection gap concept that has not been fully developed and that is the subject of this presentation.

Professor Feinman will consider examples from the US market and issues of global importance.

Jay M. Feinman is an expert in insurance law, torts, and contract law. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he’s also written seven books and more than 60 scholarly articles.  He is a member of the American Law Institute and other professional organizations and is an advisor to United Policyholders.

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22/10/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Pensions: New fines, penalties, crimes and regulator powers

A talk focusing on the wide increased powers of the Pensions Regulator envisaged by the current Pension Schemes Bill. Including discussion of the wide new criminal liabilities (not limited to employers or those associated with an employer).

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 practised 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:
• Pensions, Contracts and Trusts: Legal Issues on decision Making (Bloomsbury Professional, 2020)
• 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).



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28/09/2020 / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Virtual Speaker Event - Tracing the Test Case - the FCA Judgment

BILA will be continuing its Autumn virtual lecture series on 28 September at 1 pm on ‘Tracing the Test Case’. – A panel discussion on the recent FCA Judgment. Professor Rob Merkin QC will be in conversation with Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC, Ben Lynch QC and Shirley Beglinger. This will undoubtedly be an insightful discussion with leading professionals from the insurance sector. Delegates are free to send in any questions they would like answered before 28th September.

Rob Merkin QC is Professor of Law at the Universities of Exeter and Reading, and Special Counsel at Duncan Cotterill. He is past president of BILA and honorary life president of AIDA. Rob has written widely on insurance and reinsurance matters, and co-edits the Lloyd’s Law Reports. Rob also sits as an arbitrator.

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC of Fountain Court Chambers is a leading commercial disputes silk specialising in the field of Insurance & Reinsurance. She is also a Deputy High Court Judge and commercial arbitrator. Nominated for Insurance Silk of the Year in 2016, she is currently acting for the FCA in the Test Case. Chambers & Partners recommend her as “a very clear, polished and persuasive advocate who definitely has the ear of the court. She is an incredibly hard-working and respected silk. Absolutely excellent.

Ben Lynch QC is a highly regarded commercial silk, who has been described in the directories as “a barrister with a frighteningly astute mind, who doesn’t leave any stone unturned”. Ben has a specialist practice in insurance and reinsurance, acting in various landmark cases. He is also an editor of MacGillivray on Insurance Law.

Shirley Beglinger joined Swiss Re in 1988 after a decade in banking and asset management.  Since leaving Swiss Re Shirley has worked in the Chairman’s office at Aon and as Operational Risk Lead at Marsh as well as in her current role as independent (re)insurance consultant. Shirley is an experienced board member, underwriter, underwriting peer reviewer and operational risk expert with extensive experience as an expert witness in insurance, reinsurance and broking disputes. Her main specialism is in financial lines underwriting (D&O, Crime, Professional Indemnity), property & casualty and business interruption at both the insurance and reinsurance level, and is currently advising on Covid19 claims in these areas.

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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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