New 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. Content most recently updated on 8 October 2018.

Elborne Mitchell LLP

Elborne Mitchell LLP is a City of London solicitors’ firm whose specialisms include insurance, reinsurance, shipping and commercial matters. Its web site includes, in its “Know How” section, 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.

Financial Conduct Authority

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. The FCA Handbook of rules and related guidance are accessible via a link to the separate FCA Handbook site.

Financial Ombudsman Service

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.

Forum of Insurance Lawyers

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.


This is the web site of international commercial law firm Ince Gordon Dadds LLP. The site’s Library 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.

Lloyd’s Acts and Byelaws

The full text of all Lloyd’s Acts and Byelaws currently in force is available on this site. In the “Requirements made under Byelaws” section other content includes Lloyd’s Underwriting Requirements currently in force by category.

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

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 either “Downloadable content” at the foot of any site page, or from the home page “Making a claim” then “What We Do”.

Prudential Regulation Authority

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 Prudential Regulation section of the Bank of England web site there are PRA publications, consultations, and information on the regulatory data which firms need to provide. External links are provided to the separate web sites of the PRA Rulebook and the Financial Services Register.