Notes on recent cases in the UK and other jurisdictions, mostly relating to shipping and insurance, are provided on this site by David Martin-Clark, a barrister, maritime arbitrator, and consultant in shipping and insurance.
Elborne Mitchell LLP is a City of London solicitors’ firm whose specialisms include insurance, reinsurance, shipping and commercial matters. Its web site includes over a hundred articles 1997 onwards on these and other topics, written by partners in the firm either specially for the site or for various (mainly insurance) publications.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulates the financial services industry in the UK. It was established on 1 April 2013 as one of the successors to the Financial Services Authority (FSA), and has since 1 April 2015 had concurrent competition powers in relation to financial services alongside the Competition and Markets Authority. The Financial Services Register, a register of all the firms, individuals and other bodies regulated by the FSA, is accessible online. There is a link to the separate Handbook Online site which makes available in one location both the FCA Handbook and the Prudential Regulation Authority Rulebook, together with related guidance.
The Financial Ombudsman Service, created by the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA) 2000, settles disputes between businesses providing financial services and their customers. Its site includes details of the complaint process, annual reviews 1999/2000 onwards, a link to the FSMA 2000, and a link to the dispute resolution section of the Financial Conduct Authority Handbook (on the FCA site), under which it operates. There is a regular online newsletter Ombudsman News.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) was responsible for regulation of the financial services industry in the UK between 2001 and 2013. Site content remains available but is no longer updated. There are links to archived versions on the National Archives site, and to the web sites of the two new authorities which replaced the FSA from 1 April 2013, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) is an organisation for lawyers who act predominantly or exclusively for insurance companies. It also lobbies actively on insurance litigation issues. Much of the content of its web site is restricted to members only, but some news and information, including lists of individual and firm members, is freely available.
Ince & Co. is an international commercial law firm. The site’s “Knowledge Bank” section includes articles and updates on various topics including insurance and reinsurance law and shipping and trade. A “Shipping E-brief” is published several times a year.
This section of the Lloyd’s web site provides the full text of all Lloyd’s Acts and Byelaws currently in force, together with the latest version of the Underwriting Requirements.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) enters into agreements with the government concerning compensation of victims of road accidents caused by negligent uninsured and untraced drivers. Documents on the site include the texts of all the Uninsured Drivers’ Agreements and Untraced Drivers’ Agreements applying within various parts of the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar. To access these select “Making a claim”.
The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is responsible for the prudential regulation and supervision of banks, building societies, credit unions, insurers and major investment firms in the UK. It is part of the Bank of England, and was established by the Financial Services Act 2012 as one of the successors to the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Within the PRA section of the Bank of England web site there are PRA publications, consultations, and information on the regulatory data which firms need to provide. The PRA Rulebook and the Financial Services Register are accessible via external links.