By: 13 December 2018
FOIL confirms Anthony Baker as vice president

Anthony Baker of Plexus Law has been confirmed as vice president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) for 2019.

Baker, who is a partner and head of casualty at Plexus Law in Leeds, was confirmed at the association’s recent AGM.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has more than 20 years of experience in the defendant insurance legal market.

Baker heads up major insurer client relations for Plexus and specialises in advising insurers and corporate clients on all types of major loss casualty and regulatory cases.

On his appointment, Baker said: “It is a great honour to be appointed the vice president of FOIL and I am really looking forward to my new role. I firmly believe that FOIL has a vital place for insurance lawyers to lobby and provide direction and guidance to the government/MOJ given the myriad of regulatory and legislative changes and issues facing the defendant insurance industry.”

“I relish the challenge of being able to play my part collaboratively alongside the rest of the FOIL national executive in helping to shape the future landscape for all who work in the industry.”

Keoghs partner James Heath was elected as the new president of FOIL.

He succeeded Stephen Hines of Citygate Chambers, whose stewardship has seen FOIL navigate the initial stages of the Civil Liability Bill, and inch closer to Brexit. Heath is director of counter fraud strategy at Keoghs, having been instrumental in the development and growth of the firm’s fraud practice over the past 20 years.

In the next 12 months, FOIL will turn its attention to a number of crucial regulatory changes that will shake up the way insurance law is practised.