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Chartered Insurance Institute
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Intermediate insurance contract law - two day course


This intermediate-level course gives a comprehensive and in depth look into the principles and practices of insurance contract law. It also brings delegates up-to-speed with current proposals for the reform of English insurance law as well as exploring the differences between English insurance law and the law in other jurisdictions.


  • General principles of contract law (brief review) 
  • Legal principles governing the formation of insurance contracts
  • The doctrine of insurable interest 
  • The doctrine of utmost good faith: misrepresentation and the duty of disclosure in relation to insurance 
  • Warranties, conditions and other terms of insurance contracts 
  • Void and illegal insurances 
  • Joint and composite insurance 
  • Agency and assignment in relation to insurance 
  • Making an insurance claim: legal rules governing notice and proof of loss 
  • Construction (interpretation) of insurance contracts, including statutory and common law rules 
  • The doctrine of proximate cause 
  • Measuring the loss - the principle of indemnity 
  • The doctrines of subrogation and contribution 
  • Proposals for reform of English insurance law 
  • Interactive exercises and case studies.

Learning outcomes

The course provides:

  • A review of the general principles of contract and business law as they apply to insurance 
  • A detailed and in-depth understanding of the special principles of insurance contract law 
  • An appreciation of the legal rules that affect particular classes of insurance only, including marine insurances and the compulsory classes (EL and motor in the UK) 
  • An understanding of current proposals for the reform of English insurance law and of key differences between English insurance law and the law in other jurisdictions.

Emphasis is placed on English/US common law but comparison with US, continental and other legal systems is made.

Who should attend?

All insurance staff who have a good understanding of insurance principles and practice, from brokers or other intermediaries, through to those involved in underwriting, claims, insurance programme design or placement, risk managers, sales or administration. Also lawyers and other professionals whose work brings them into contact with the business of insurance.

CPD hours

Attendance of this course awards up to 12 CPD hours where you consider it relevant to your professional development needs.

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