The Insurance Act and a Large Claim

Thursday, 14 September 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

During this one-day course, we’ll look at a serious commercial fire and, after examining the insured’s duties under typical Claim Conditions, we’ll work through in detail what should have been included in a “fair presentation” of the risk to Insurers, including what the Insured know, what they ought to know, what they did not need to reveal, and how they may now need to evidence these earlier searches for information, how they may need to evidence identifying and asking their senior management (as defined in the Act) and other persons for whom cover is provided for underwriting information.

We’ll look at many common errors of disclosure or misrepresentation, and we’ll see what the insurers’ actual underwriters are presumed to know and not know.

If failures of “fair presentation” are identified, we’ll see how to grade, explain and apply Insurers’ four new remedies. Then we’ll move on to review an apparent alarm failure and how both the Insurers and Insured need to be agile and well-informed in establishing the facts and carefully handling the interplay of Act Sections 10 and 11, to see whether the claim is payable or not.

We’ll then review and explain some aspects of establishing quantum, such as a stock-reconciliation, and the practical use of many policy clauses including Debris, Public Authorities, Designation, Contract Price, Professional Accountants and Goods in Trust. We’ll also visit the new regime of Average, and practice how to explain what the Insured can and must do, to make a successful business interruption claim. We’ll work on explaining the balance between Increased Costs and lost Turnover.

We’ll also touch on reservations of rights, the Insured’s ability to trade legally after major damage, requests for comfort letters, reserves, reinsurance, interim payment requests, possible taxation of claim money and damages for unreasonably late payment of claims.

Lastly, we’ll look at a few lessons from some recent insurance litigation.

>> Learning Objectives

By attending this event participants will:

•Learn how to use the Insurance Act 2015 in everyday work in underwriting & placing risks and resolving claims.

•Examine some common mistakes in disclosing material facts.

•Review how typical alarm clauses function.

•Revise or learn the use of common property and BI policy clauses.

•Be able to understand and advise on quantum techniques such a stock reconciliation, with the best use of Gross Profit and Increased Costs.

•Gain an insight into some vital, recent insurance litigation.

CII Accredited

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5 1/2 hours' CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

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