The Law of Insurance Warranties

Author: Alastair Owen

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000398519

Category: Law

Page: 308

View: 814

The book provides a detailed review of efforts to reform the law on insurance warranties in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, arguing that none of these have been successful. The text proposes a radical new approach to reform of this area of the law, demonstrating through detailed stress testing of these proposals that they would deliver more consistent and equitable outcomes than those achieved to date. Reform of the historically inequitable law of insurance warranties in commercial insurance has been introduced in Australia, New Zealand and, most recently, the UK. This book demonstrates that all these reforms have flaws and that none of them can be relied upon to deliver consistently equitable and predictable outcomes; in particular the UK’s, as yet largely untested, Insurance Act 2015 is shown to have serious flaws that have not previously been identified. Building on lessons from these three jurisdictions, the book sets out an alternative approach for dealing with breaches of insurance warranties and demonstrates that this would consistently deliver better outcomes than any of the existing attempts at reforming this area of the law. Providing an unprecedented multi-jurisdictional review of the law on insurance warranties and in particular the treatment of warranties in the Insurance Act 2015, as well as outlining an innovative and radical alternative approach to reform, the book will be of considerable interest and value to practitioners, academics and students, as well as to other common law jurisdictions contemplating reform of this area of the law.
Insurance Contract Law

Author: Great Britain. Law Commission

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 0118405284

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 258

View: 976

This joint discussion paper covers the following issues: the business insured's duty of disclosure, and the law of warranties. Under current law, a business policyholder has a duty to disclose every material circumstance it knows about the risk it wants to insure. Failure to do so entitles the insurer to avoid the contract, which means the insurer may treat it as if it did not exist and refuse all claims. The duty is unclear and sometimes poorly understood, while the consequence of breach is too harsh. The proposals aim to clarify how policyholders are expected to comply with the duty when presenting a risk to insurers and to encourage insurers to assist them in that task. Fairer remedies for breach where the policyholder has not been dishonest., are proposed. An insurance warranty is an important term which, unless exactly complied with by the policyholder, results in the automatic discharge of the insurer's liability for loss. It makes no difference if the breach is trivial, not material to the risk or if the policyholder remedies the breach prior to loss being incurred.The Commissions propose that breach of a warranty should suspend the insurer's liability for the duration of the breach; remedy of the breach restores liability. Where a term is designed to reduce a particular type of risk, liability should only be suspended in relation to that risk. This would be mandatory for consumer insurance but subject to freedom to contract for business insurance.
Marine Insurance Law

Author: Özlem Gürses

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000844610

Category: Law

Page: 556

View: 277

Marine Insurance Law introduces and clearly explains all topics covered in undergraduate and postgraduate-level courses, offering students and those new to the area a comprehensive and accessible overview of this important topic in maritime law. Observing the general principles of the subject and structure and formation of insurance contracts, this text goes on to look at individual considerations in detail, including the duty of utmost good faith/fair presentation of the risk, insurable interest, terms of insurance contracts, warranties and conditions, brokers, the premium, causation and marine perils, losses, sue and labour, subrogation, fraudulent claims, and reinsurance. The third edition has been fully updated and expanded to cover additional pre-Marine Insurance Act 1906 (MIA 1906) cases, as well as the implications of the Insurance Act 2015 on the duty of fair presentation of the risk in business insurance and on the remedy for breach of a warranty. The reader will also read about the emphasis placed by the UK Supreme Court on the construction of s. 55 of the MIA 1906, and the challenges faced in respect of claims for a constructive total loss of the subject matter insured, which are especially current at the time the book is being prepared for its publication. This textbook is the ideal companion for any student, academic, and practitioner wishing to study the subject and to explore more detailed information on the principles of marine insurance law.
A Practical Guide to the Insurance Act 2015

Author: David Kendall

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351745307

Category: Law

Page: 180

View: 681

The Insurance Act 2015 ('the Act') is the first comprehensive statutory reform of the insurance law of the United Kingdom since the Marine Insurance Act 1906. It introduces thorough and, in some cases, fairly drastic reform of some of the core tenets of UK insurance law, including: the insured’s pre-contractual duty to the insurer, and remedies for its breach; the knowledge of the insured and the insurer for the purposes of the pre-contractual duty; the effect of insurance warranties and other terms tending to reduce the risk of loss; fraudulent claims; and damages for failure to pay an insurance claim in a reasonable time. This book is a thorough introduction to the Act. It focuses primarily on the impact of the Act on English law as applied to non-consumer insurance and reinsurance. Of assistance not only to insurance lawyers and members of the judiciary, but also underwriters, claims handlers, brokers and buyers of non-consumer insurance policies, this book covers each of the core changes brought about by the Act. It also analyses the particular ways in which the Act differs from existing law, by reference to the Marine Insurance Act 1906, and cases decided under the old law.
The Insurance Act 2015

Author: Malcolm Clarke

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781134832880


Page: 170

View: 527

The Insurance Act 2015 represents the first major reform of English commercial insurance law for many years. Its impact will be felt not only in England, where it will greatly affect both maritime and commercial insurance practice, but also elsewhere where English law is the law of choice in insurance contracts. The Insurance Act 2015: A New Regime for Commercial and Marine Insurance Law analyses in depth the key aspects of the Act and extensively restates and modifies a number of legal principles applying both at common law and under the Marine Insurance Act 1906. Offering much more than the usual commentary on legislation, this book provides critical in-depth analysis of the important topics as was all coverage of areas likely to spawn disputes in future. Written by leading practitioners and academics in the field, this book offers comprehensive, coherent and practical legal analysis of the changes introduced by the Insurance Act 2015. It is a key point of reference for practitioners, insurance professionals and academics.
Warranties in Marine Insurance

Author: Baris Soyer

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1859419437

Category: Insurance, Marine

Page: 360

View: 736

For centuries, warranties have played a significant role in the law of marine insurance and have recently sparked debate on a national and international level after calls for reform. This second edition includes a more involved analysis of law reform as well as a discussion of the recent proposals of the Australian Law Reform Commission. Soyer lucidly analyzes the legal remedy available when a marine insurance warranty is breached as well as setting out the current law on marine insurance warranties. This new edition also includes: a new section on the impact of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) reference to numerous decisions recently handed down by the courts eg. HIH Casualty and General Insurance Ltd. v. New Hampshire Co. and Agapitos v. Agnew (No. 2) a more in-depth discussion of the position in other commonwealth jurisdictions, specially Australia and Canada.
Reforming Marine and Commercial Insurance Law

Author: Baris Soyer

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000285765

Category: Law

Page: 336

View: 271

With reform of warranties, utmost good faith and insurable interest underway, Reforming Marine and Commercial Insurance Law provides a timely and essential analysis of this changing area of marine insurance law. The entire insurance sector is observing and participating in the reform process and this wide interest is reflected in the diversity of extremely high quality contributions to this book. This book evaluates the legal and practical implications of the proposals on commercial and marine insurance contracts. The contributors, from legal practice, the insurance sector, the judiciary and academia, comment critically on the proposals and discuss the viability and future of the reform process.