Blogger Archives: Francis Kean

Francis Kean

Francis is an Executive Director in Willis Towers Watson's FINEX Global, where he specializes in insurance for Directors & Officers (D&O) of companies. He joined Willis in 2010 and has 25 years of experience as a leading litigation lawyer specializing in professional indemnity, financial institutions and directors and officers liability in the London insurance market.

Professional Privilege – Who Does Your Lawyer Represent?

Defense Chairs in Court

I have previously blogged on the vital but sometimes overlooked question as to legal/professional privilege and the nasty sting in the tail it can contain for directors. Simply stated, the issue is whether, at the time a lawyer is giving advice … Continue reading →

The Issue of Disclosure: Insurance Law Reform


In June the English and Scottish Law Commissions issued a final consultation paper dealing with a policyholder’s duty of disclosure in a business context.Last month the English and Scottish Law Commissions issued a final consultation paper dealing with a policyholder’s duty of disclosure in a business context. Continue reading →

The Bribery Act Gets Off to a Slow Start

UK Bribery Act

With the Bribery Act’s main prosecuting authority distracted, it is perhaps not surprising that the only successful prosecution involving the Bribery Act so far in the UK has been brought by the Crown Prosecution Service. Continue reading →

The Three Biggest EU Challenges for General Counsel

Courtesy of Ann Longmore, I spotted a recent report of the 2012 European General Counsel forum held in London last month and hosted by Consero Group.  The three most pressing issues for European in-house lawyers identified by that forum were … Continue reading →

A Cautionary Tale for Company Secretaries & General Counsel

On 3rd May 2012 the highest Appeal Court in Australia delivered a judgment focusing on the importance the Court attaches to the accuracy of board minutes and press releases, confirming the need for general counsel and company secretaries to have … Continue reading →

A New Litigation Landscape in the UK?

This month, Royal Assent was granted to the unpromisingly named “Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act”.  Although you would not guess it from the title, aspects of this new Act have the potential significantly to alter the landscape … Continue reading →

Secrecy Around Kwok Brothers’ Arrest Raises D&O Challenges

The secrecy surrounding the arrest in Hong Kong of Raymond, Thomas, and Walter Kwok can cause challenges for the accused, advisers, witnesses, and D&O insurers. Continue reading →

U.S.-Style Corporate Plea Bargains “Imminent” in U.K.

The UK’s Solicitor-General has announced an imminent consultation paper relating to the introduction of US style Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) for companies. This type of arrangement has been in place in the US for some time and is often used … Continue reading →

Boards Need to Wake up to Cyber Threats and Liabilities

Hand Shadow Over Keyboard

There is a whole universe of potential cyber risk not understood at a board level, and company directors must wake up to cyber threats or risk litigation from all sides. Continue reading →

10 Questions No Non-Executive Director Should be Afraid to Ask

Ten questions to help non-executive directors (“NED’s”) determine whether they enjoy adequate protection under a company’s D&O program. Continue reading →