Sedgwick partner Richard Geddes, along with coauthors David Scorey of Essex Court Chambers, London, and Chris Harris, of Clyde & Co., London, have been named as joint winners of the British Insurance law Association (BILA) Charitable Trust Book Prize for 2012 for their book “The Bermuda Form: Interpretation and Dispute Resolution of Excess Liability Insurance” (Oxford University Press, 2011).
“The Bermuda Form” includes a review of the history of this unique insurance policy form, and comprehensive discussions of the substantive law relating to the form, as well as the practical and procedural aspects of dispute resolution within the private London- or Bermuda-based arbitrations typically mandated by these forms. The annual book prize is awarded by the trustees of the BILA Charitable Trust to the authors of a published work constituting “in the opinion of the Trustees the most notable contribution to literature in the field of law as it affects insurance.” The award was presented at BILA's Annual General Meeting on October 19, 2012 at the Old Library, Lloyds, London.
Geddes, who is based in Sedgwick’s Chicago office, represents U.S. and international insurers in connection with high-value complex claims and coverage disputes, and has represented and advised Bermuda form insurers for more than 25 years. Geddes is part of a team of Sedgwick lawyers in its U.S., Bermuda and London offices who have been advising Bermuda Form
insurers, and acting for them in arbitrations and mediations, from the very beginning of the widespread use of the Bermuda Form in 1986. The work for Bermuda Form insurers has encompassed a broad variety of catastrophic and mass/serial tort claims, including those derived from such industries as auto, pharmaceutical, agrichem, energy, utilities, building materials, transportation, medical devices, financial institutions and health care providers.