The Insurance Act 2015 (the Act) came into force on 12 August 2016, introducing major changes in English law in relation to insurance and all forms of reinsurance.
It applies to all contracts of insurance and reinsurance governed by English law entered into after 12 August 2016. This includes renewals, amendments and endorsements to existing contracts.
Many articles and commentary have been published dealing with the new Act. Here, we wanted to draw the attention of those responsible for the purchase of insurance and reinsurance to the application of this new Act so that the key advantages it offers to policyholders are not overlooked in the course of upcoming insurance placements, amendments and renewals. The three areas discussed below are worthy of particular note: disclosure, warranties, and basis of contract clauses.