London FOIL names Ling Ong as president

London FOIL, an arm of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, has named Ling Ong as president of the group. 

Ong replaces Ingrid Hobbs, partner at Kennedys, and will “lead the organisation through the next year” in her new role. 

Alongside Ong’s appointment, Gavin Coull, executive committee member of London FOIL and a partner at EC3 Birketts Legal, is set to take over as vice-president of the organisation.

Ong said: “We are operating in unprecedented times and, as the new president of London FOIL, I look forward to steering the initiatives that London FOIL can offer to the London insurance and reinsurance market in addressing and dealing with the opportunities and challenges ahead of us. 

“A number of disparate challenges currently exist for the London market, ranging from Covid-19 and Brexit, to climate change and environmental, social and governance issues.” 

She added: “As an organisation, we acutely understand the insurance and reinsurance landscape in London and are well-placed to play a role in solving these challenges. I look forward to ensuring that London FOIL delivers best-practice solutions to lawyers and their clients on all of these difficult issues.” 

CEO Laurence Besemer said: “Ling is very well positioned to lead London FOIL in 2021 and ensure the organisation is leading the way in helping the London market navigate the remainder of the pandemic and other crucial market issues. 

“A seasoned veteran in insurance, Ling’s technical knowledge and expertise are great assets in finding the solutions the sector so desperately needs, and I am confident she will lead the organisation to great successes over the next year.”

He added: “London FOIL has grown significantly and had a fantastic reception over the past year. We look forward to building out its capabilities so that the widest set of market participants can benefit from its work as possible.” 

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