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Putting out the Fire: Hardwicke Property Damage Conference

13 Oct 2015, All day

Putting out the Fire

Hardwicke’s Construction and Insurance team speak on recent changes in the law on risk, fire, flood and other disasters causing property damage and financial loss.
The seminar will look at defending claims, recovery actions and challenging insurance issues.

In additional to a panel discussions the speakers will be Paul Reed QC, David Pliener, Sarah McCann, Michael Wheater, Helena White, Catherine Piercy, Ebony Alleyne and Brenna Conroy.

Conference schedule
08:30    Registration and welcome address
09:00    Putting out the Fire.
10:00    Floods – staying afloat
10:45    Morning coffee
11:15    Practical steps – panel discussion
12:00    Lunch
13:00    Does a little bit of fraud do you good?
14:00    So you think you are covered?
15:00    Networking and drinks

Topics
Introduction  
Changes in property damage risk profile.
Minimising and maximising recovery.  

Putting out the Fire 
Recent law on Liability and Causation in Fire Damage Claim Identifying the likely cause of the fire – Nulty v Milton Keynes and Graves v Brouwer.
Liability for fire caused by the use and supply of electricity and the impact on consumers and energy companies of Smith v South Eastern Power.

Floods: Staying Afloat
Flooding as a risk
•   The legal framework
o    Nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher
o    Liability of public authorities
o    Liability of sewerage undertakers
•              Bringing and defending first party insurance claims
•              Recovery actions against third parties.

Practical steps – A Nutshell guide and panel discussion
              Fire Investigation
              Privilege
              What you need to prove
              Evidence.
              Contributory negligence

Lies dammed lies – Fraud and Property Damage Claims
•         Fraud – objective or subjective knowledge of dishonesty?
•         The common law approach – does a little bit of fraud do you good?
•         The Insurance Act 2015
•         Fraudulent Devices

So you think you are covered – Exclusion clauses
•         Ensuring loss exclusions
•         What do they mean and what do they do?

Refreshements, a buffet lunch and networking drinks are provided. Please let us know of any dietary requirements on registration. 

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