On 14/12/2016 in Athens, Greece (Electra Palace Hotel) a workshop, was jointly organised and held by the University of Exeter Law School, UK (academic partner) and Rokas Law Firm (non-academic partner) on the topic of the UK Insurance Law Reforms.
The workshop is a continuation of an ESRC Award on the Insurance Act 2015. The workshop dealt with the UK Insurance Law Reforms, in particular the Insurance Act 2015, the Consumers Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act 2012 and the Enterprises Act 2016.
The speakers were from both the academic and non-academic partners. Prof. Dr. Ioannis Rokas, opened the workshop and introduced the topics and speakers to the audience as well as stated the importance of the Insurance Law Reforms for the Greek, English and world markets. The second speaker was Professor Rob Merkin, QC (Lloyd’s Professor of Commercial Law, University of Exeter Law School, UK) who talked on the “UK Insurance Law: The Impact of the 2016 Reforms”: Introduction to the law reform process”. The third speaker was Mr. Peter Tyldesley (Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter Law School, UK) who talked on the “Insurance law reform—fairer treatment for consumers”. The fourth speaker was again Professor Rob Merkin, QC (Lloyd’s Professor of Commercial Law, University of Exeter Law School, UK) who talked on the “UK Insurance Law: The Impact of the 2016 Reforms”: Disclosure, Terms, Fraudulent claims, Late payment of claims”. The fifth speaker was Dr. Kyriaki Noussia (Senior Lecturer in Law / Assistant Professor in Law, University of Exeter Law School, UK) who talked on “The Insurance Act 2015: “Contracting out”.
Following those speakers there were two panel presentations, firstly by Dr. Eva Varouchaki (Head of Legal Department and International Relations, Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies) who talked on the “Initial legal thoughts following the recent U.K. Insurance Law Reform: a) the choice of the U.K. Insurance Law as applicable law for the Greek insurance contracts, b) the implications of a breach of a warranty according to the U.K. Insurance Law (CIDRA 2012 and I.A. 2015) and the Greek Insurance Contract (law 2496/97)” and secondly by Dr. Maria Demirakou (Senior Associate, Rokas Law Firm) who talked on “The treatment of relevant issues from a Greek law and practice perspective”.
There followed questions and answers from the audience as well as a round up closure talk and conclusions which were drawn by Prof. Dr. Ioannis Rokas