Berry Holding-Parsons has had 25 years experience of the
London insurance market. He advises insurers,
brokers and insureds on all aspects of insurance law,
including claims handling, brokers, reinsurance, policy
drafting and IT.
Computerisation of Insurance.
He is one of the few lawyers who specialise in both
insurance and IT law. As such, he is well placed to advise
on the computerisation of insurance and on IT policies. He
first spoke on e-commerce in the London insurance market
in 1996 and has followed developments ever since.
Among other work, he has advised on the legal aspects of
various insurance websites. If business is done
through computers in the same way as it is on paper, the
legal results should be the same. However,
computerisation usually changes how business is done, so
there will inevitably be changes in the legal risks, which
must be analysed.
Not all these changes in risk are negative. For
example, insurance through a website allows the insured or
his broker to download the policy before inception.
This avoids disputes where claims have arisen before the
final wording of the policy has been delivered.
He has handled many claims, direct and
reinsurance, including the defence of computer
In 2000/1, he was editor of e-insurance, a
magazine published by Lloyds of London Press.