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Birds' Modern Insurance Law

Birds' Modern Insurance Law
11th Edition
Practice Area:  Academic Law, Insurance Law
ISBN:  9780414071001
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  24 May 2019
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Paperback
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Birds’ Modern Insurance Law presents a concise yet analytical explanation of the fundamental principles of insurance law. Written in an accessible and straightforward manner the work covers everything from the history of insurance and regulation, through to the various forms of insurance such as life, and liability.

Birds’ Modern Insurance Law is firmly established as the leading text in this area of law. It is an essential work for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as for those undertaking a related professional course. It is also an ideal reference source for legal and insurance professionals who want a quick reference guide.

Key features:
  • consideration of the impact of Brexit
  • the effect of Supreme Court decisions on public policy (especially Patel v Mirza), fraudulent devices used in making a claim (Versloot Dredging v HDI Gerling), co-insurance and subrogation (Gard Marine v China National Chartering) and motor insurance (R & S Pilling v UK Insurance and Cameron v Liverpool Victoria)
  • consideration of the first decisions on the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act, especially Southern Rock Insurance Co Ltd v Hafeez
  • greater coverage of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010
  • the Court of Appeal on reinstatement costs as indemnity (Great Lakes Reinsurance v Western Trading)


  • Introduction: the nature and definition of insurance and insurance law 
  • The regulation of insurance
  • Insurable interest  
  • Insurance of third parties’ interests 
  • Formalities and formation of the insurance contract 
  • Repudiations of policies and liability – utmost good faith – fraud, non-disclosure and misrepresentation 
  • Utmost good faith on the part of the insurer 
  • Warranties and conditions
  • Premiums 
  • Assignment 
  • Intermediaries 
  • Construction and causation: risks covered and risks excepted
  • Claims under the policy 
  • Payment under the policy – the measurement of loss
  • Reinstatement
  • Subrogation
  • Contribution and double insurance 
  • Life insurance 
  • Liability insurance 
  • Motor vehicle insurance 
  • Employers’ liability and other compulsory insurances

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