Professor Barış Soyer attends Judicial College training event

Professor Barış Soyer, the Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) at Swansea University, attended the most recent residential training event of the Judicial College.

Baris Soyer Judicial CollegeThe event was held in Northampton (on the 6th & 7th of November) to address District, Commercial and Chancery judges on the Insurance Act 2015, a major piece of reform that came into force on 12 August in 2016.The primary objective of the Judicial College is to provide training of the highest professional standard for judicial office holders.

Professor Soyer was accompanied to the event by Peter MacDonald-Eggers QC, also a member of the IISTL. Together they evaluated aspects of the Act regarded as likely to engender litigation. The seminar was skilfully chaired by His Honour Judge Waksman, the Judge in charge of the London Mercantile Court.

Speaking after the event, Professor Soyer (pictured, top) said:

“I was honoured that I was asked to speak at this prestigious event. The IISTL has been actively involved in the consultation process of the new Insurance Act and it led a project which secured the publication of a book aiming to offer a critical analysis to the law reform on commercial insurance law (Insurance Act 2015: A New Regime for Commercial and Marine Insurance Law, published by Informal Law in 2016).

Baris Soyer Judicial College 3The book (pictured, left), edited by Professor Malcolm Clarke (Cambridge University) and myself, contains contributions from several other members of the IISTL, notably Professor Andrew Tettenborn, Associate Professor George Leloudas and Simon Rainey QC, as well as renowned experts on insurance Law such as Sir Bernard Rix and David Hertzell. This presentation provided Peter and I with a great opportunity to highlight some of the points we made in the book and we hope it will be of some benefit to the judges who will shape the direction of the law in this area.”