ENGLISH INSURANCE LAW REFORMS: LESSONS FOR SOUTH AFRICA
Keywords:Insurance law, fraudulent claims, breaches of good faith, duty of disclosure
Insurance law in the United Kingdom (UK) has recently undergone significant reforms. Until 2015, insurance law in the United Kingdom was still largely regulated by the Marine Insurance Act 1906. This meant that a statute created over a hundred years ago was still regulating insurance law. The need for the more recent reforms was evidently dire. The Law Commission undertook an investigation that highlighted the need for new insurance laws. The result was the enactment of the Insurance Act 2015. There are some significant changes in the new Act concerning fraudulent claims, breaches of good faith and the duty of disclosure. The new laws appear to be much more pro-policyholder than was the case in the previous regime. This article undertakes a detailed analysis of these reforms and also presents a comparison with South African laws. The ultimate question is whether South Africa can learn anything from the recent reforms to UK insurance law.
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