BILA Charitable Trust Book Prize

The Trustees of the British Insurance Law Association Charitable Trust have established a prize known as the "British Insurance Law Association Book Prize". The Prize of £1,000 is available to be awarded annually to the author (or joint authors) of a published work constituting in the opinion of the Trustees the most notable contribution to literature in the field of law as it affects insurance.


Alison Green, Chair of the BILA Charitable Trust presented the award to Professor Robert Merkin QC and Maggie Hemsworth, the winners of the 2016 BILA Book Prize at the British Insurance Law Association's AGM held on 14 October, 2016, in the Old Library at Lloyd's.

The award was for their publication:

“The Law of Motor Insurance"

by Professor Robert Merkin QC and Maggie Hemsworth


Published by Sweet & Maxwell

BILA Book Prize 2016 winners - Prof. rob Merkin and Maggie Hemsworth

How to apply / eligibility

To qualify for the prize the work must first have been published in the English Language in the calendar year immediately preceding the year in which the prize is to be awarded. Authors wishing to have their work considered for the Prize should apply in writing to Ms Alison Green, BILA Trustee c/o 2 Temple Gardens, Temple, London EC4Y 9AY before 30th April in the year following publication, submitting one copy of their work. The Trustees in their absolute discretion may decide that the prize shall not be awarded in any year and the decision of the Trustees on any matter relating to the Prize shall be final.


Previous winners include:

2015 Marine Insurance Fraud by Baris Soyer – published by Informa,

2014 Lloyd’s: Law and Practice by Julian Burling - published by Informa Law.

2013 Research Handbook on International Insurance Law & Regulation edited by Julian Burling and
Kevin Lazarus – published by Edward Elgar


Liability Insurance in International Arbitration: The Bermuda Form, 2nd Edition, by Richard
Jacobs QC, Paul Stanley QC and Lorelie S. Masters – published by Hart Publishing
The Bermuda Form: Interpretation and Dispute Resolution of Excess Liability Insurance by David Scorey, Richard Geddes and Chris Harris – published by OUP.
2011 Dr. Judith P. Summer for Insurance Law & the Financial Ombudsman Service – published by

2010 John Dunt of Clyde & Co for “Marine Cargo Insurance” published by Lloyd’s List Law/

2009 Dr Adolfo Paolini, University of Buckingham & Deepak Nambisan of Fountain Court
Chambers for “Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance – published by Informa

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