Insurers in Court: A Mock Trial

Insurers in Court, a Mock Trial,’ a joint initiative by the Young Professionals Subcommittee of the Australian Insurance Law Associate and the Lloyds Development Group, was held on Thursday 23rd March 2023 at Banco Court followed by networking drinks at Verandah Bar.

AILA and LDG produce the Mock Trial Event with the intention of giving attendees an insight into Court practice and procedure, including the giving of evidence by witnesses, with the goal of giving industry members the confidence to attend Court when needed.

The Honourable Andrew Bell, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW, presided over the mock trial. Teni Berberian and Nicholas Simone appeared as Counsel for the Plaintiffs and David Talintyre and Ashley Cameron for the Defendant. Dominique Vagi (Hutch Underwriting), Debbi Thorne (Network Insurance Group) and Julijana Sumner (AXA XL) participated as hypothetical witnesses. A huge thank you to all our participants for volunteering their time for this event!

Thank you to our AILA & LDG event organisers: Bre Bailey, Thomas Nguyen, Rebecca Badra, Gerrie Johnson and Gemma Mackinnon.

This event would not be possible without the ongoing support of our Gold Sponsor Wotton + Kearney, and the event sponsor Lander & Rogers. Thank you to Lesley Woodmore (Wotton + Kearney) and Sybilla Waring-Lambert (Lander & Rogers) for attending and speaking to our members on the night.

LDG End-of-Year Celebration with Insurance Market Update from Anja Linsmaier, head of Non-Life at Munich Re Australia

The LDG hosted our AGM and end-of-year function on Thursday 8th December 2022 at the beautiful Munich Re offices.

We were very fortunate to have Anja Linsmaier speak to our members, providing a very informative reflection on 2022 in the (re)insurance industry including the transition back to work following covid; the impact of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine on the macroeconomic environment and inflation; and the devastating affects of catastrophe’s worldwide and closer to home in the East Coast Floods of Feb / March 2022. Anja then looked ahead to 2023 and what might be in store for the industry from 1/1 treaty renewals to ESG, insurance affordability and regulatory and compliance pressures. She finished with an important discussion on the war for talent and how our industry can attract the next generation of (re)insurance professionals. A huge thank you to Anja for volunteering her time and sharing these perspectives with us.

We rounded out the night with drinks, canapes and Christmas cheer to celebrate the end of the year and thank our members for their continued support.

This event would not be possible without the ongoing support of our Gold Sponsor Wotton + Kearney.