We are proud to announce that Plexus Partner, Anthony Baker, has today been elected as the President of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).
This important role will see Anthony lead FOIL’s response to the critical issues currently facing insurance industry, including whiplash reform, diversity and inclusion, and technological evolution. We have no doubt that his significant experience and expertise make him the ideal candidate to drive the organisation through the challenges ahead.
The full press release from FOIL is shown below.
FOIL ELECTS ANTHONY BAKER AS PRESIDENT
KEY 2020 FOCUSES INCLUDE CLIMATE CHANGE, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AND TECHNOLOGY
Anthony Baker, Partner at Plexus Law, has been elected as the new President of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL), and will be responsible for driving the organisation on key issues for the insurance industry in 2020, including whiplash reform, diversity and inclusion, and technological evolution.
Baker replaces James Heath, Partner at Keoghs, who has during 2019 steered FOIL on issues including the Civil Liability Bill, whiplash reform and LASPO Part 2 throughout the course of the year, demonstrating the organisation’s leading position on some of the industry’s most critical issues. At the same time, Jennette Newman, Partner at Clyde & Co, has been elected as FOIL’s new vice-president of the organisation. Newman served as president of London FOIL in 2019.
Commenting on his appointment, Anthony Baker said:
“2020 is set to be a very significant year for FOIL, its members and the insurance community generally, particularly as new challenges relating to technology and climate change come to the fore and challenge our thinking. Because of this, it’s my privilege to have been selected to head up the organisation’s activities at such a critical time, not just for the UK insurance industry, but the UK as a whole.
One of our chief aims over the next year is to continue to demonstrate the breadth of FOIL’s reach and ability. We have long been known for setting the agenda on personal injury but, over the past few years, we have opened up to a much wider set of areas – we now actively engage on everything from climate change, to diversity and technology, D&O liability and fraud. And, through the work done by our subsidiaries such as London FOIL, FOIL Ireland and Tomorrow’s FOIL, we’re able to understand an increasingly wide variety of markets and demographics. This means we can grapple with almost any issue that’s critical for the UK insurance industry.”
Commenting on Anthony’s appointment, FOIL Chief Executive Laurence Besemer said:
“Anthony’s experience makes him very well-placed to lead FOIL throughout 2020. He will no doubt be instrumental in helping the organisation navigate the difficult hurdles ahead for the UK insurance industry.
“Retention and recruitment within the insurance industry remains a prevailing issue for the sector. FOIL has an important role to play here and will use its position to encourage talented individuals to see insurance as a viable and interesting career option.”
FOIL’s 2020 Agenda:
- FOIL also remains an active party involved in the ongoing reform and development of the whiplash portal (set to come into effect April 2020), ensuring a fair outcome is achieved for both the claimant and defendant communities.
- London FOIL enters its second year and will continue to build on its platform which has been well received by members and the London insurance market more broadly. London FOIL’s remit focuses primarily on reinsurance, marine / aviation and energy as well as, climate change and US and Latin American risks underwritten in London.
- FOIL Ireland launched in 2019 with the aim of providing a unified voice and lobbying group for the insurance sector on some of the big issues. These expansions into specific markets (London and Ireland) are proof points of how the organisation is evolving with its aim to fully support the whole insurance market, not just UK-based personal injury work.
- Narrating the fall out of the new Scotland and England & Wales discount rates and helping the industry navigate any potential issues around discount rate shopping by claimants between the two jurisdictions.
- The Civil Liability Bill 2018 put the legislative structure in place for the new low value RTA claims regime, and the MOJ, working with stakeholders including FOIL, has worked during 2019 to develop the new RTA claims service which the MOJ/MIB still anticipate will be introduced in April 2020.
- With almost no clarification on Brexit over the past three years, it seems likely that 2020 will be the year in which the matter is resolved, and the year, if the UK leaves with or without a deal, when attention turns to the resulting changes in the law, regulation and in legal procedure.
- Lord Justice Jackson’s Supplemental Report on Fixed Recoverable Costs is the last part of his proposed reforms which, following MOJ consultation, is likely to be implemented in 2020.
- In Scotland, with some of the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) Scotland Act 2018 now in force, 2020 should see the implementation of perhaps the most significant part – QOCS.
- The industry will also see reports from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the Grenfell Inquiry, with the prospect of significant change arising from the recommendations.
Notes to Editors:
The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) is a member organisation representing defendant lawyers and self-insured organisations. FOIL has the interests of the wider public at heart. In its campaigns for changes to the law and procedural rules FOIL seeks transparency, proportionality and a fair outcome for all.
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