Insurance UK

  • February 19, 2024

    AmTrust Hikes Counterclaim To £14M In Legal-Funding Fight

    Insurer AmTrust has boosted its counterclaim against Novitas to £14.4 million ($18.1 million), alleging it paid out to the legal loans company under after-the-event litigation policies that were unenforceable and did not comply with regulations.

  • February 19, 2024

    FCA Secures Bankruptcy Order Against Pension Promoters

    The Financial Conduct Authority has said it has secured bankruptcy orders against a pair of pensions promoters in a move to cover a £10.7 million ($13.5 million) restitution order for creditors.

  • February 19, 2024

    NatWest Begins £300M Share Buyback As Profits Soar

    NatWest Group PLC said on Monday that it has launched a share buyback program worth up to £300 million ($380 million) as the financial services group looks to reduce its shareholder equity after posting a surge in profits.

  • February 19, 2024

    Lloyd's Confirms Claire Schrader As General Counsel

    Lloyd's of London said on Monday that it has appointed Claire Schrader as general counsel on a permanent basis after she held the position temporarily when her predecessor stepped down in August.

  • February 16, 2024

    Insurers Reject WRBC Corp.'s $90M COVID-19 Losses Claim

    A group of underwriters and insurance companies have denied they owe at least $90 million claimed by a Lloyd's of London syndicate to cover COVID-19 losses, arguing they have met their obligations, having already paid out around $26.6 million.

  • February 16, 2024

    Law Firm Loses Over Solicitor's Pension On Maternity Leave

    A London-based commercial law firm discriminated against an associate solicitor because she was on maternity leave and forced her to resign by making baseless criticisms about her performance, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle erupt between JPMorgan and the founder of a Greek payments company following a dispute over the valuation of their jointly owned fintech business, the children of late Russian oligarch Vladimir Scherbakov face a claim by Fieldfisher LLP, the Director of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority tackle a claim by two solicitors, and train operator First MTR South Western Trains file a claim against a security company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 16, 2024

    Stephenson Harwood Hires Regulatory Pro In Corporate Boost

    Stephenson Harwood LLP has appointed regulatory lawyer Christophe Boucherie as a partner in its London office, a move it believes will strengthen its corporate practice.

  • February 16, 2024

    UK Pension Annuity Sales Hit £5.2B In 2023, ABI Says

    The total value of pension annuities for consumers jumped by almost 50% to £5.2 billion ($6.6 billion) in 2023, a trade body said Friday, a rise fueled in part by rising interest rates.

  • February 16, 2024

    Claims Managers Are Clouding Regulatory Status, FCA Warns

    Claims management companies are failing to distinguish between regulated and unregulated activity, which can mislead consumers into thinking that it all enjoys the same protection, according to a review by the Financial Conduct Authority.

  • February 15, 2024

    Gallagher Denies Liability In $7.3M Cargo Reinsurance Claims

    Insurance broker Gallagher has denied owing insurers $7.3 million for allegedly failing to pay money owed under a reinsurance contract covering decades-old cargo losses, saying it has already paid out the sums required.

  • February 15, 2024

    City Lobby Calls For Tax Cuts, Investment Reform In Budget

    The U.K. government should cut taxes on banking, make it easier for firms to list as public companies and create a new investment office to boost competitiveness, according to a leading financial lobby.

  • February 15, 2024

    Claimant Body Denies Injury 'Epidemic' Before Court Appeal

    Insurers have widely exaggerated the rise in the number of so-called mixed tariff injuries, a trade body for the claimant sector said on Thursday, as the U.K.'s highest court prepares for hearings next week on how to compensate people who have been affected.

  • February 15, 2024

    FCA Quizzes Top Firms On Advice Services Fees

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Thursday it has written to 20 of the largest financial adviser firms to gauge how those businesses charge clients after giving advice amid its broader focus on ensuring customers are treated fairly.

  • February 15, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Steers £114M Standard Life Pension Deal

    Standard Life said Thursday that it has completed a £114 million ($143 million) buy-in transaction guided by Osborne Clarke LLP to acquire the pensions of around 1,800 members of the Vector Pension Scheme.

  • February 15, 2024

    UK Gov't Asks Financial Regulators To Review AI Policing

    The government said on Thursday that it has told financial markets regulators to publish an update by April 30 on how they will police artificial intelligence.

  • February 15, 2024

    Fintech Expert Appointed To FCA Board For 3-Year Term

    HM Treasury said Thursday it had appointed Bryan Zhang, an expert in financial technology and open banking, to the Financial Conduct Authority's non-executive board for an initial term of three years.

  • February 15, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Adds BoE Deputy GC To Finance Team

    Addleshaw Goddard said on Thursday that it has hired the Bank of England's deputy general counsel as a partner to bolster its financial services regulation team in London.

  • February 14, 2024

    BDO Sues Insurance Broker Over Unpaid M&A Advisory Fee

    Accounting firm BDO LLP has sued KGJ Insurance Services and three of its directors over claims they failed to pay out for the advisory services BDO provided the insurance broker as it looked for a new buyer.

  • February 14, 2024

    UK Access Rules Too Burdensome, Say European Funds

    An association for Europe's investment managers has asked the Financial Conduct Authority to make its planned regime giving European funds "equivalent" access to U.K. markets less burdensome, given similar requirements do not exist for U.K. funds.

  • February 14, 2024

    Insurers On Hook After Top Court Rules On Credit Hire Claims

    The cost of motor claims for insurers could rise after Britain's highest court ruled on Wednesday that they have to pay additional damages to replacement car hire companies after a road traffic accident, although experts say there could still be a silver lining. 

  • February 14, 2024

    FCA Flagged 10,000 Misleading Financial Ads In 2023

    Britain's finance watchdog has ramped up its fight against misleading financial advertisements, reporting on Wednesday that it intervened to have more than 10,000 promotions posted online without proper authorization pulled or amended in 2023.

  • February 14, 2024

    Broker WTW Works With Maths Lab On Catastrophe Modeling

    Insurance broker WTW unveiled a new collaboration on Wednesday between its research network and the London Mathematical Laboratory to improve how it predicts natural disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes and deals with the consequences.

  • February 14, 2024

    Insurers Must Pay Out On Third-Party Hire Car Losses

    Insurers must cover rental income lost by car hire firms when their vehicles are involved in accidents, the U.K.'s highest court ruled on Wednesday in a case that is likely to add major costs for the insurance industry.

  • February 13, 2024

    Insurance Broker Escapes £2.6M Claim From Foundry Client

    A London judge has dismissed an investment advisory firm's bid to collect £2.6 million ($3.2 million) from its insurance broker for problems that allegedly nullified the foundry's coverage for an industrial site.

Expert Analysis

  • Shifting From Technical To Clear Insurance Contract Wordings

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    Recent developments on insurance policies, including the Financial Conduct Authority's new consumer duty, represent a major shift for insurers and highlight the importance of drafting policies that actively improve understanding, rather than shift the onus onto the end user, say Tamsin Hyland and Jonathan Charwat at RPC.

  • Recent Trends In European ESG-Related Shareholder Activism

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    New ESG reporting standards in the European Union, as well as recent climate change, board diversity and human rights cases, illustrate how shareholder activism may become more prominent in years to come as regulation and investor engagement continues to strengthen, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • How Insurance Policies Can Cover Generative AI Risks

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    As concerns rise about the new risks that businesses face as a result of generative artificial intelligence tools, such as AI-facilitated hacking and intellectual property infringement, policyholders should look to existing insurance policies to cover losses or damages, says Josianne El Antoury at Covington.

  • Breaking Down The UK's Draft Updates To Prospectus Regime

    While there still may be changes, the U.K.'s near-final draft statutory instrument to update and in some parts replace the current on-shored EU prospectus regime is likely to represent a significant overhaul of the existing regime and may make U.K. capital markets a more attractive venue for listings for issuers, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • 4 Compliance Considerations Under FCA Consumer Duty

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    Following the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's recent introduction of the new consumer duty regime, firms will need to be mindful of data protection implications when managing their compliance with the duty and data protection legislation, say lawyers at Bird & Bird.

  • Swiss Privacy Law Reforms Present Divergences From GDPR

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    The differences between Switzerland’s recently reformed Federal Act on Data Protection and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, particularly around data breach reporting and the liability of company officers, will need to be carefully managed by multinationals that may have competing obligations under different laws, say Kim Roberts and Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel at King & Spalding.

  • Opinion

    Russia Ruling Should Lead UK To Review Sanctions Policy

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    The High Court's recent dismissal of the first-ever court challenge to Russian sanctions in Shvidler v. Secretary of State sets a demanding standard for overturning designation decisions, highlighting the need for an independent review of the Russia sanctions regime, says Helen Taylor at Spotlight on Corruption.

  • Pension Plan Amendment Power Lessons From BBC Ruling

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    The High Court's recent ruling in BBC v. BBC Pension Trust upheld an unusually restrictive fetter on the pension scheme's amendment power, which highlights how fetters can vary in degrees of protection and the importance of carefully considering any restriction, says Maxwell Ballad at Freeths.

  • UK Securitization Reform Opts For Modest Approach, For Now

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    Recently published consultation papers from the U.K. Prudential Regulation and Financial Conduct Authorities on new securitization rules mainly restate retained EU law, but there are some targeted adjustments being proposed and further divergence is to be expected, say Alix Prentice and Assia Damianova at Cadwalader.

  • FCA Consumer Duty May Pose Enforcement Challenges

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    The new U.K. Financial Conduct Authority consumer duty sets higher standards of customer protection and transparency for financial services firms, but given the myriad products available across the sector, policing the regulations is going to be a challenging task, says Alessio Ianiello at Keller Postman.

  • How The OECD Global Tax Proposal Could Affect M&A

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    Following agreement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Pillar Two proposal to introduce a global minimum tax, domestic implementation is expected to have a significant impact on international M&A transactions, with financial modeling, deal structuring, risk allocation and joint venture arrangements likely to be affected, say lawyers at Freshfields.

  • What Trustees Must Know About Virgin Media Pension Case

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    The High Court's recent decision in Virgin Media v. NTL Trustees could have significant consequences for salary-related contracted-out schemes, making it necessary for trustees to start examining any deeds of amendment during the affected time period, says James Newcome at Wedlake Bell.

  • Trustees Should Take Caution After UK Pension Tap Plan

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    The U.K. government's recent plan to boost technology startups by tapping into pension sector funds may risk the hard-earned savings of members, so trustees need to be mindful of the proposals in light of their fiduciary duties, say Beth Brown and Riccardo Bruno at Arc Pensions.

  • Factors Driving Increased Litigation Against European Cos.

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    European government regulation and enforcement, economic inflation and litigation funding are driving an increase in litigation, especially class actions, against corporations in Europe, a trend that seems to be here to stay, says Henning Schaloske at Clyde & Co.

  • Pension Trustee Case Could Lead To Fossil Fuels Divestment

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    While the recent Court of Appeal case McGaughey v. Universities Superannuation Scheme attempts to link fossil fuel investment by trustees to significant risk of financial detriment, it is concerning that two out of 470,000 scheme members could be permitted to bring a claim without ensuring that other members are represented, says Anna Metadjer at Kingsley Napley.

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