Pollution & Fracking (Legal Liability)

AXA Insurance
Tuesday, 05 December 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Time: Registration/Lunch 12.00noon, 12.30 start, until 13.30pm

Cost: Lecture free; Lunch £5 per person (book in advance, pay on the day)
Speaker: Tom Davison - Partner DAC Beachcroft

Who should attend?

Any insurance professional advising on or dealing with first or third party property damage claims.


  • The origins of the ABI standard PL pollution exclusion.
  • The approach to construing the exclusion.
  • What amounts to pollution, and what amounts to a "sudden, identifiable, unintended and unexpected incident".
  • A brief overview of legal liability for pollution.

Learning Objectives

  • A better understanding of the application of the ABI pollution exclusion.
  • In particular, a better understanding of the application of the exception to the exclusion in respect of "sudden, identifiable, unintended and unexpected incidents".

Speaker Biography

Tom specialises in policy coverage issues (including fraud), subrogated recoveries, and defending property related liability and professional indemnity claims.

Tom acts for the technical teams of various insurers on high profile matters with claim values of up to £30 million.

Tom acted for insurers in successful policy coverage related declaratory proceedings in respect of a €4m+ claim arising from an Irish housing development, which case is reported as AXA Insurance UK PLC v Thermonex Limited [2012] EWHC B10.

Tom also delivers lectures for the Institution of Civil Engineers as part of its Law and Contract Management course.


Please note that there are no car parking facilities at AXA Insurance Offices, parking is reserved for staff only. Please park on the nearby Middlebrook Retail Park.

  • AXA Insurance
  • Parklands, Middlebrook
  • Horwich
  • BL6 4SD
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CII Accredited

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1 hour's CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

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