QMUL launches insurance law course to stay apace with legal market

Queen Mary, University of London, has become the first UK University to offer a postgraduate degree that specialises in insurance law.

The new course, due to be introduced in September 2012, comes in light of the bubbling insurance legal market over the last year, marked by the new entry of volume houses Parabis Law and Minster Law onto The Lawyer UK 200 2011.

Professor Phillip Rawlings established the course with the aim of filling a gap in the current academic and professional training market.

He said: “An understanding of insurance and insurance law is a vital part of any lawyer’s education. The influence of insurance can be seen in the way it shapes other areas of law by the simple fact that much litigation is, in effect, between insurance companies.”

The new course will include general principles of insurance contract, regulation of insurance business, accident and life assurance and insurance in the construction, motor and marine industries.

The news follows Bangor University’s collaboration with China University of Political Science & Law, to launch the first degree in law and Mandarin (27 April 2012).