Swansea LLM Students Meet with Senior Figures from the London Insurance and Reinsurance Market at BILA Annual Networking Event

The College of Law is a corporate member of the British Insurance Law Association (BILA). The corporate membership of the College enables Swansea LLM students to obtain individual membership with the Association at a nominal rate.

Students who decide to join the BILA also get advantage of BILA's electronic sources on insurance law and are regularly invited to BILA events throughout the academic year.

On 6 November, a group of Swansea LLM students was presented an opportunity to attend the BILA ‘Meet the Market’ annual networking drinks and canapés event. This event provided our students a unique opportunity not only to freely network with key figures from London insurance and reinsurance market but also to gain an insight into the London market itself. The event started with a guided tour of the iconic Lloyd’s building where our LLM students had the chance to see first- hand how London insurance market works and appreciate what a unique and vibrant marketplace for international commercial insurance this market is. The tour was headed by a former Lloyd’s underwriter, who was happy to share his personal experience in the insurance industry with our LLM students.‌

The visit to Lloyd's was followed by a networking drinks event at Beazley’s where our students came into contact with established figures in the insurance and reinsurance industry, including partners from top City law firms, QCs, senior in-house counsels, underwriters, claims professionals, brokers, loss adjusters, Lloyd’s of London executives. Our LLLM  students enjoyed their interaction with the market and managed to find out a considerable amount of information from them about the London insurance market that one cannot simply obtain by reading books on the subject!

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LLM students at the BILA Networking event 

Commenting on her experience  on the day, Marine de Geofroy said: "I would like to thank the Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies for all the exciting employability/networking  opportunities presented for us since the commencement of the academic year. Within weeks of coming to Swansea, I realised that my decision of choosing Swansea LLM was the right one! The event was a great opportunity to get an insight of the insurance industry and meet professionals who were friendly and willing to share their experience with us."

Also Martin Karst, one of the LLM representatives attending the event, said: “It is very impressive how many prominent events the LLM students at Swansea University are given the opportunity to attend during their course. The BILA networking event created an informal venue to meet professionals from different sectors of the insurance and reinsurance market, providing us with very useful information on our employment  opportunities as well as  an opportunity to establish personal connections. Being an LLM student from Swansea University indicates that you have certainly  made an active choice to study at one of the best colleges within its field, a fact which is also  recognised by the market. I look forward to attending future events facilitated by Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies at the Swansea College of Law”