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Keoghs help establish new FOIL regulatory team

News And Events23/05/2018

The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) has today launched a new Regulatory Sector Focus Team (SFT) that will major on health and safety compliance and defence of HSE prosecutions. Chris Newton- Keoghs, Richard Salvini - Plexus Law and James Jevon - DWF are the founding members.

The move is in response to health & safety issues rising up board agendas and being placed under more scrutiny than ever before, particularly in the wake of high-profile disasters such as Grenfell. Working with some of FOIL’s 26 other SFTs, the Regulatory SFT will seek to provide clarity for the insurance industry and its legal advisers, help to develop policy where appropriate, and establish a common line on the trickiest issues.

In addition, as with all FOIL SFTs, the Regulatory team will facilitate training and events, spearhead campaigns, act as thought leaders and demonstrate expertise to non-members and potential clients.

FOIL created its sector focus team (SFT) structure several years ago to align itself more closely with the operational structure of the insurance industry, making these teams more relevant the interests of members and their client base. Each team is made up of five to six lawyers drawn from different member firms.

FOIL updates and creates teams according to new areas of insurance law as markets develop and reforms evolve.

FOIL Chief Executive Laurence Besemer said: “Health and Safety regulation is one of the most pressing issues for business today across all sectors. FOIL needs to respond. Insurers and their legal advisers will of course want to differentiate themselves from one another in their approach, but on the biggest issues around the risks businesses face, sometimes consensus is more important. This is precisely what the Regulatory SFT is set up to offer.”