Browne Jacobson partner Nick Parsons has been elected as the new president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

Mr Parsons, who is head of the insurance and public risk team at the law firm, specialises in defending multi-claimant, large scale negligence actions against local authorities and their social services’ teams.

He also has substantial experience in defending high-value clinical negligence and insurance claims.

The Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) is a member organisation representing defendant lawyers operating in all areas of insurance law and the insurance sector, advising insurers and self-insured organisations.

Mr Parsons said: “The insurance sector has seen a huge level of reform in the last couple of years.

“Regardless of the outcome of the next election, I do not anticipate that coming to a halt.

“At the same time, there have been irrevocable changes in the legal services sector both in terms of ownership and the way in which legal services are provided.

“I believe FOIL has an important role to play in helping its members, their insurer clients and the wider claims community work together in this environment to achieve sensible outcomes which benefit all concerned.

“It’s an exciting time to be taking up the reins of FOIL and working with others at FOIL to influence and effect positive progress.”

CEO of FOIL Laurence Besemer added:​ “Nick’s depth of legal and insurance market experience and his long involvement with FOIL will be invaluable assets as we push on with our long-term strategy to widen the scope of FOIL membership and invest in developing tomorrow’s defendant insurance lawyers.

“I also want to thank our outgoing president, David Johnson, for his tireless personal commitment over the past 12 months.”