Policies and Perceptions of Insurance: An Introduction to Insurance Law

Policies and Perceptions of Insurance: An Introduction to Insurance Law

Policies and Perceptions of Insurance: An Introduction to Insurance Law

Policies and Perceptions of Insurance: An Introduction to Insurance Law

Synopsis

This book offers an up-to-date introduction to insurance contract law in the United Kingdom. Malcolm Clarke provides students with a clear outline of insurance law, and also alerts them to relevant social and theoretical issues stemming from the law and practice of insurance. The discussion's framework is a tracing of the life of an insurance contract from purchase to claim, which is used to summarize both settled and satisfactory legal rules--and to highlight more controversial matters and invite reflection on the objectives of insurance law. Clarke finally asks whether these objectives have been achieved.

Excerpt

The book is an introduction to insurance contract law in the United Kingdom today. As such, however, it contains not only summaries of settled and satisfactory legal rules but also discussion of more controversial matters, with an attempt to flag which is which. On these matters, it is less an insider's invitation to come in and look round than a view from the outside, the view of an academic of an industry which in the past has not exhibited a conspicuous regard for academe. It is said, and not only by insurers, that academics sit in silicone towers and suffer ivory illusions. Be that as it may, from some towers on a good day one can see a long way. Whether this book was written from the right tower on a good day is for the reader to decide.

I have been helped in various ways and various degrees by many people, among them Derek Cole, Gordon Cornish, Martin Davies, Valerie Fogleman, Lis Frost, Charles Goldie, Marit Halvorsen, Brian Haynes, Bob Hepple, Martin Hoskins, Gareth Jones, Ben Jupp, Martin Kemp, Keith Loney, Robert McCorquodale, Tony Paish, Laurie Slade, John Spencer, Peter Stein, Lloyd Watkins, and Gunther Wiese. I am most grateful to all of them. Above all, however, I have had the scholarly support of Peter Cane and Jane Stapleton. It has been a great good fortune to work with them, not only because of their devotion as editors but also by reason of their expertise in some of the areas touched on in the book.

Finally, I hope that readers from other parts of the United Kingdom will forgive the author, who was born in Wales, for referring to what is their law too as English law.

Malcolm clarke October 1996 . . .

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