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FOIL Background

History of FOIL

FOIL was formed in 1992 to provide the defendant community - lawyers, solicitors and legal executives - a body to sit alongside APIL, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, ensuring that views across the board would be heard.

FOIL's first President, Maurice Nichols, summed up the position: "It (FOIL) may provide a useful point of contact with organisations such as APIL, perhaps with a view to agreeing certain understandings, protocols and helping to smooth the passage of litigation generally."

Since those early days, FOIL has grown significantly to deal with many areas of defendant insurance claims law, not just personal injury, and we now work with TLS, SRA, CILEX, the CJC, the AHMDJ and the LSB as well as liaising with APIL and MASS amongst the professional lawyer organisations.

We also work with the ABI, the CII, the MIB, CILA, Alarm, AIRMIC, NHS Resolution, UKCMA, the MGAA, the IUA, the LMA and the FSCM in the insurance and wider industry sectors.

Critically, we carry forward our members' views to the Ministry of Justice with whom we meet regularly. FOIL’s influence and reputation within industry and Government are now higher and more far reaching than they have ever been.

In 2017, as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary, FOIL is supporting 8,000 insurance lawyers and paralegals across the United Kingdom. We have 26 Sector Focus Teams including 6 dedicated to Scottish law. These cover insurance claims law in areas as diverse as Construction, Professional Indemnity and Clinical Negligence. FOIL issues over 100 updates, bulletins and consultation responses each year and our members’ views regularly appear in the press

FOIL is now an important interface between defendant insurance lawyers, insurers, self-insured organisations and lawmakers, operating at the forefront of discussion where changes in legislation or rules are discussed to achieve balanced outcomes which benefit the wider public interest.

Who knows what the next 25 years hold or what the civil justice landscape will look like in 2042?

I'm sure FOIL will still be an important player in the reform process and I wonder whether those of us that are around to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we will look back on 2017 as the "good old days" or "the dark ages"

Time will tell………

Laurence Besemer FCII



James Heath President
Laurence Besemer CEO

Past Presidents

Stephen Hines  
Nigel Teasdale  
Duncan Rutter  
Nick Parsons  
David Johnson  
Rod Evans  
Don Clarke  
Tim Oliver  
Dan Cutts  
Anthony Hughes  
Henry Bermingham  
Lea Brocklebank  
Neil McLaughlin  
Andrew Underwood  
Claire McKinney  
Jason Rowley  
Tim Wallis  
Martin Staples  
Andrew Parker  
Martin Bruffel  
Tony Cherry
Maurice Nichols