Question Time 2 | Welcome to the "New Normal"
Once again we will bring you the foremost insights and perspectives from our panel of experts drawn from government, the insurance industry and the…
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Following on from the success of our first Question Time event last month we are returning live on Friday 26 June at 1pm.
Once again we will bring you the foremost insights and perspectives from our panel of experts drawn from government, the insurance industry and the law.
Welcome to the “new normal”, a world in which civil unrest and gloomy economic forecasts feature daily alongside continuously evolving rules on covid-security, a sharp rise in the registration of claims management companies and the ever-present threat of a second wave of infections. As the UK high-street reopens and many people return to work for the first time since March, it’s hardly surprising that business owners, employees and insurers alike are apprehensive.
We will be examining the complex array of risks and challenges for businesses and their staff in the weeks and months ahead, as well as the uncertain profile of the country’s recovery with the probability of increased business failings and rising unemployment, increasing claims frequency and fears over the intervention of regulatory bodies.
We will also be looking at how this all impacts upon insurers, their products and supply chains, the needs of insurance buyers and trends in claims. In particular, as 'point of need' product, can insurance continue to meet the needs of policyholders in modern times and what should be done to preserve customer confidence and the reputation of an industry poised at perhaps the most significant fork in its path in its 350-year history post COVID-19?
Government’s role will also be high on the agenda but with polls suggesting that trust in the Prime Minister has plummeted in light of how the public health emergency has been handled and talk of an inevitable public inquiry; reports of disillusioned ministers; and with EU negotiations about to be put back under the spotlight with only six months left to secure a trade deal and avoid the “hardest of hard Brexits”, what support from Westminster can insurers realistically expect?
- Mark Shepherd, Assistant Director, Head of General Insurance, ABI
- Sir Bob Neill MP, Chair of the Justice Select Committee
- Ed Lewis, Partner, Weightmans
- Deborah Edwards, Partner, Weightmans
- Dewi Ap-Thomas, Partner, Weightmans
- Henry Bermingham, Partner, Weightmans
Date: Friday 26 June 2020
Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm
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Mark Shepherd is Assistant Director, Head of General Insurance within the Policy Directorate. read more
Sir Bob is a Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple Inn, and chairs and co-chairs a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups in Westminster, including the APPG for London.
Ed leads the firm's Specialty&Financial Lines practice. His expertise spans multiple classes of insurance business, predominantly in the fields of Finance, Digital&Data, Construction & Science & Tech. read more
Deborah has over 27 years' experience in occupational disease litigation, specialising in asbestos work and complex high value disease claims. read more
Dewi Ap-Thomas is based in Liverpool and was appointed to head the Firm's national Regulatory Department from May 2018 read more