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This Annual Update on Insurance Law will include:      

  • liability insurance: scope of insuring provision, notification of claims, product liability and aggregation
  • property insurance: protective clauses, damage, reinstatement and indemnity
  • burden of proof: who has to prove what, and can it be varied by agreement
  • co-insurance clauses: effectiveness in preserving subrogation claims.

Rob Merkin’s academic interests are in all areas of insurance and reinsurance law, and arbitration law, and his works include Colinvaux and Merkin’s Insurance Contract Law, Reinsurance Law, Motor Insurance Law, Compendium of Insurance Law, Arnould’s Law of Marine Insurance, Law of Insurance in Hong Kong, Arbitration Law, Annotated Arbitration Act 1996 and Singapore Arbitration Law.

Rob is the Editor of the Journal of Business Law, the British Insurance Law Journal, the Journal of Business Law, the Lloyd’s Law Reports, Arbitration Law Monthly and Insurance Law Monthly. From 2005 to 2011 he served as co-editor of Legal Studies, the journal of the Society of Legal Scholars.

Rob is Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, visiting Professor at the Universities of Hong Kong, Sydney and Queensland, and Special Counsel to DLA Piper. He is past president of the British Insurance Law Association, vice-president of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA) and a consultant to the English and Scottish Law Commissions for their project on the reform of insurance law.

In 2009 he was Distinguished Visitor for the Singapore Academy of Law, in 2010 he was awarded a prize by the Australian Insurance Law Association for his contribution to insurance law and in 2012 he was appointed to the Hotung Fellowship by the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, to deliver a series of lectures on earthquake insurance.

In 2014 he was awarded a higher doctorate (LLD) by Cardiff University and he became QC honoris causa in 2015. He gives regular seminars for insurance companies, brokers, insurance regulators and law firms in the UK and internationally. 

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