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David Osler

Insurance Editor


David specialises in the white collar shipping services scene, including law firms, banks, insurers, and trade associations, and also turns his hand to piracy, sanctions and industrial relations stories as necessary.

A London-born British and Swiss dual national, he was educated at the London School of Economics and Birkbeck College, and has academic qualification in politics, sociology, economics and international relations.

Three times voted Seahorse Club shipping news journalist of the year, he has also twice been longlisted for the Orwell Prize, Britain’s premier non-fiction literary award, and twice shortlisted as Periodical Publishers’ Association business journalist of the year, the highest honour in trade press journalism.

He has worked for Lloyd’s List since 1996, making him the longest-serving member of staff, although he doesn’t like to mention that more than three or four times a week at most. Unless it’s strictly necessary.

He has also written for many other newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Observer, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and New Statesman, and has appeared on all of Britain’s main television and radio news programmes.

He is a member of the Labour Party, Amnesty International and National Council for Civil Liberties, and supports the charitable work of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks.

Latest From David Osler

1857 Copenhagen Treaty will make it hard to ban shadow fleet from Danish Straits

Unclos pollution rules may give government limited wiggle room, argues local law firm Gorrissen Federspiel

Tankers and Gas Political Risk and Trade

Ingosstrakh considers legal action after UK sanctions

Russian insurance giant insists it operates ‘in strict compliance with all applicable legislation and follows all due compliance procedures’

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Ingosstrakh mulls legal action after UK sanctions

‘The reasons pertaining to the OFSI sanctions upon Ingosstrakh remain unclear to us since Ingosstrakh operates in strict compliance with all applicable legislation and follows all due compliance procedures,’ insists insurance giant

Sanctions Risk and Compliance

Tanker owners shell out after Nigeria retrospective tax demands

No clarity on what happens now or whether bulkers and boxships are next in line

Tankers and Gas Law

US shipowner liability limitation under political fire after Baltimore bridge collapse

‘An accident… was caused by a shipping company. And there is a liability that they have, and they are going to have to participate — perhaps totally — in the cost of rebuilding what they have destroyed,’ argues congressman

Casualty Insurance

Baltimore incident will push marine liability pricing up across board: Tokio Marine HCC International

Reinsurers already factoring in possibility of unfavourable outcome of owners’ bid to limit liability, chief underwriting officer argues

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