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Weightmans Partner appointed President of London FOIL

Ling Ong has been appointed President of London FOIL, an arm of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL)

A lawyer from national law firm Weightmans has been appointed President of a leading voice of legal services providers serving the Lloyd’s and London (Re)Insurance Markets. Ling Ong, Partner at Weightmans, has been appointed as the new President of London FOIL and will lead the organisation through the next year – London FOIL is an arm of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, concentrating on the global insurance and reinsurance markets, including the challenges facing Lloyd’s of London.

At the same time as Ong’s appointment, Gavin Coull, executive committee member of London FOIL and a partner at EC3 Birketts Legal, takes over as Vice-President of the organisation.

Ong replaces Ingrid Hobbs, Partner at Kennedys, whose presidency has had to navigate a year of unprecedented challenges for the London (Re)Insurance markets. Insurers and reinsurers have been forced to overcome and adapt to the new environment and underwriting hurdles this year has brought. London FOIL, through thought leadership and advocacy, can assist law firms (and their clients) on the thorniest issues in the market e.g. such as removing unhelpful grey areas in policy wordings and rebuilding consumer confidence in insurers over the course of the pandemic.

Commenting on her appointment, Ling Ong said:

“We are operating in unprecedented times and, as the new President of London FOIL, I look forward to steering the initiatives that London FOIL can offer to the London insurance and reinsurance market in addressing and dealing with the opportunities and challenges ahead of us. A number of disparate challenges currently exist for the London market, ranging from Covid-19 and Brexit, to climate change and environmental, social and governance issues . As an organisation, we acutely understand the insurance and reinsurance landscape in London and are well-placed to play a role in solving these challenges. I look forward to ensuring that London FOIL delivers best-practice solutions to lawyers and their clients on all of these difficult issues.”

Commenting on Ling’s appointment, FOIL Chief Executive Laurence Besemer said:

“Ling is very well positioned to lead London FOIL in 2021 and ensure the organisation is leading the way in helping the London market navigate the remainder of the pandemic and other crucial market issues. A seasoned veteran in insurance, Ling’s technical knowledge and expertise are great assets in finding the solutions the sector so desperately needs, and I am confident she will lead the organisation to great successes over the next year.
“London FOIL has grown significantly and had a fantastic reception over the past year. We look forward to building out its capabilities so that the widest set of market participants can benefit from its work as possible.”