Partner Gavin Coull is the new President of London FOIL, the London arm of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.
London FOIL is the voice of legal services providers serving the Lloyd’s and London insurance and reinsurance markets. The London division was created in 2018, and has provided an excellent platform for lobbying, education and networking between its members.
His appointment as President for the next 12 months will see Gavin representing the market’s best interests, acting as an ambassador at home and overseas, and providing the clear and pragmatic advice both he and London FOIL have built their reputations on.
Over the next year London FOIL will continue its good work with (re)insurers operating in the London market, at a time when the culture of business life is under close scrutiny, particularly on issues around climate change and diversity and inclusion. There is a pressing need for a new approach and FOIL remains committed to supporting the London market as it faces these challenges.
With almost 25 years’ of experience in insurance law, Gavin focuses his practice on dispute resolution and coverage advice for reinsurers and reinsureds across a range of Non-Marine classes, often international in nature. He also regularly advises multi-national captives on their global reinsurance programmes.
Speaking after his appointment, Gavin said: “As a founding member of London FOIL three years ago, I have been honoured to support both the lawyers within our ranks and our clients in the most challenging of times. As President, as the sector and the country moves into the next and hopefully final phase of the pandemic, I look forward to representing the strong and unified voice for insurance lawyers London FOIL has become synonymous with.
My clients at Birketts are regular reminders of why the work of FOIL is so important – ensuring we are all informed and supported as best possible in the legal sector will only help us serve those we support better.”
FOIL CEO Laurence Besemer added: “I am delighted to welcome Gavin as President of London FOIL. His experience and work since 2018 has been invaluable and will benefit our members even more in this new position for 2022. With the pressing concerns of climate change and diversity and inclusions facing our industry, and COVID-19 continuing to disrupt, Gavin’s leadership could not come at a better time for the organisation. I look forward to working with him in his new role.”