Revisiting the “Old Chestnut”: The Inherent Discretion to Confirm the Powers of Controllers Appointed Under Section 24 of the Insurance Law

On 29 September 2020, Chief Justice Smellie QC handed down his judgment in the Matter of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd (in Controllership) (FSD Cause No. 210 of 2020) confirming the powers of the controllers appointed under section 24(2)(h) of the Insurance Law, 2010 (the “Insurance Law”) so as to enable them to exercise their powers as against the “world at large”. In doing so, the Chief Justice held that the Court has an inherent jurisdiction to supplement section 24 of the Insurance Law to “fill the practical gap” left by that provision.

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