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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.

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Attritional claims broadly stable for London-based club, but Stellar Banner total loss and pandemic took financial toll

International Insurance

Shell judgment ‘sets dangerous precedent’ for shipping

Same court could hear case against big name EU-based owners such as Maersk or CMA CGM, and even Asian owners with an office anywhere in the EU

International Environment

Skuld books $30m technical loss

‘Result reflects a mix of complex factors, but all in all, the outcome is satisfactory,’ says chairman Klaus Kjærulff

International Insurance

Ever Given and general average: How one of those quirky things about marine insurance works

‘If the UK P&I Club ends up paying over the odds for release of ship and cargo, is that in some way equivalent to a ransom situation? Might that be recoverable in GA as well?’ asks prominent shipping QC

International Law

Fears Ever Given cargo claims are set to get ever larger

The longer the Evergreen-chartered boxship is prevented from sailing, the more perishable cargoes will spoil and the more retailers will order replacement consumer durables, legal experts warn

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