James Heath elected president of Foil

James Heath

The Forum of Insurance Lawyers has elected James Heath, a partner at Keoghs, as its new president, succeeding Citygate Chambers’ Stephen Hines.

Heath, pictured, has been director of counter-fraud strategy at Keoghs since 1995, and has also held the position of compliance officer for legal practice since 2014. He has also served on the management board of the Insurance Fraud Investigators Group since 2005.

Last month, he won the Achievement Award at the Insurance Fraud Awards.

Heath said: “The Foil presidency is a prestigious honour, and it has never been a more interesting time to take up the reins with the prospect of Brexit on the horizon.

“The regulatory change we hope to see over the next year will be complemented by a Foil which is adapting and evolving to meet the demands of the markets it engages in.

“In taking over the presidential baton from Stephen Hines, I see the core challenge as one of continuity – building on the strong and positive engagement that Foil has delivered over the last 12 months.

“Whilst issues arising from Brexit and the Civil Liability Bill will be front and centre, Foil’s span of engagement and influence is so wide now that I look forward to working closely with the national executive, London Foil executive and sector focus teams to continue driving Foil’s message and the Foil Standard.”

Laurence Besemer, Foil CEO, said: “I am confident James will bring the necessary strong leadership as Foil approaches the unprecedented challenges in the year ahead. With James at the helm, FOIL will continue to pursue a detailed examination of the issues, and full engagement in the reform programme and with insurers, both reacting to proposals put forward and setting a pro-active agenda for change.”

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