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‘Essential’ insurance industry handbook launched by international firm

‘Essential’ insurance industry handbook launched by international firm

The tenth edition of the Insurance Contracts Act Handbook has this month been launched at the Sydney office of MinterEllison.

Described as a market-leading resource for Australia’s insurance sector, the latest edition of the MinterEllison Insurance Contracts Act Handbook has now been developed for digital access.

Law firm partner Chern Tan, who is also the publishing editor of the handbook, said that the decision to make the handbook available electronically followed a number of client requests. 

“The digital version will be available on our MinterEllison hosted secure platform, where readers can digitally search and annotate (and then save their annotations), access case law via hyperlinks and view content on mobile devices,” he said.

Earlier this month, NSW Supreme Court judge and President of the Court of Appeal, Margaret Beazley AO launched the 10th edition of the handbook in Sydney.

At the launch party, Justice Beazley noted the important contribution that the handbook had made to the insurance industry over 26 years in circulation and said that it was the “the go-to place for essential information” about the insurance industry and the law.

According to MinterEllison, Justice Beazley also told the launch party that the handbook was “an essential tool for mainstream industry participants.”

Over 26,000 copies of the publication have been distributed since the resource was first published in 1992. Since that time, revised editions of the handbook have shared changes to the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 and provided commentary on relevant developments in case law.

Mr Tan said that the contents of the resource aimed to keep pace with the many developments in the insurance law space. He added that the goal of the handbook was to simplify the way insurers navigated their day-to-day tasks, such as drafting new policies or assessing a claim.

“The Act is the principal source of regulation for the relationship between insurers and those that are insured,” Mr Tan said.

“This edition of the handbook, like all previous editions, aims to highlight and simplify the changes and developments through a concise summary of case facts and principles, as well as outlining the practical implications of the Act for those in the sector.”

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