Insurance UK

  • 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.

  • February 13, 2024

    EU Eases Rule Enforcement On Best Price For Clients

    The European Union financial markets regulator said on Tuesday that it expects all national watchdogs "not to prioritize" taking supervisory action against investment companies that fail to comply with certain rules to report how they achieved the best terms for clients.

  • February 13, 2024

    UK Pension Surplus Dips Slightly To £425B

    The total surplus of U.K. pension schemes dipped by £2.8 billion ($3.5 billion) over the past month, the sector's lifeboat scheme revealed Tuesday, but experts say the changes are unlikely to dim appetite for insurance de-risking transactions.

  • February 13, 2024

    New Panel Set Up To Promote UK Fund Investments

    A panel of pensions, venture capital and private equity experts has been established to boost returns for savers and support economic growth by encouraging funds to invest in fast-growing businesses, the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association said on Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Post-Election UK Pension Changes Could Be In The Fine Print

    Regulatory lawyers are not expecting radical overhaul in pension policies if the government changes after this year's general election. But lawyers say that signals in the opposition Labour Party's policy language could hint at possible shifts in investment priorities for retirement savings.

  • February 13, 2024

    One In Four Retirees 'Not Checking State Pension Forecast'

    Pensioners-to-be should check their state pension pots to avoid a "nasty surprise," a retirement specialist said on Tuesday as it published a survey showing that many opt not to look at their forecast before retiring.

  • February 12, 2024

    Proskauer Hires Sidley Austin's Funds Head In London

    Proskauer Rose LLP has brought aboard a new partner with years of experience at the helm of Sidley Austin LLP's investment funds practice, to co-lead its global credit funds and sovereign wealth funds initiatives.

  • February 12, 2024

    Marine Insurer Skuld Cancels Red Sea 'War Risks'

    A Norwegian marine insurance provider issued a cancelation notice for certain war risks on Monday after some of its reinsurers ended their cover for policyholders amid attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea.

  • February 12, 2024

    UK Gov't Pushed To Reform Audit As Delays Cause Delistings

    A governance trade body has urged the government to proceed with abandoned audit reform proposals, claiming the delays have led to companies delisting from the London Stock Exchange.

  • February 12, 2024

    FCA Tells Firms To Bear Brunt Of Policing Financial Crime

    The City watchdog has said that companies must tackle financial crime by giving it better data that could lead to assertive supervision and enforcement action. But lawyers have told Law360 that this would put an even greater cost burden on companies.

  • February 12, 2024

    Pension Reform Key For UK Savings Shortfall, Report Says

    Allowing workers to access some of their pension pots before retirement as well as increasing savings contributions could support scores of Britons who do not have enough saved for immediate challenges or for later life, a think tank said Monday.

  • February 12, 2024

    Reporting Rules For Russia Sanctions Get UK Update

    Businesses in Britain have to tell the country's authorities whether they are holding any cash or other assets for Russian financial and state institutions under new rules announced Monday.

  • February 09, 2024

    Insurer Liable For Exploiting Business Before Merger

    A motor industry insurer exploited an opportunity to provide warranties to a car dealership at the expense of the warranty provider that made the introduction during ill-fated merger talks, a London court ruled Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    Court Says 'Catastrophe' Applies In COVID Reinsurance Cases

    A London court has allowed insurers to make claims under reinsurance contracts for business interruption losses claimed during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the outbreak of an infectious disease constitutes a "catastrophe" under the policy wording.

  • February 09, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a Saudi Arabian property investor file legal action against RLS Solicitors, Aspire Pharma and Bayer Intellectual Property tackle a patent dispute, the owners of soccer club West Ham United FC raise a red card against E20 Stadium LLP with a commercial fraud action, and accountants BDO file another commercial claim against the managing directors of KGJ Insurance Services. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Gov't Audit Backlog Plan Gets Watchdog Support

    The government has floated plans that would mandate local government bodies to publish audit accounts by a statutory deadline in a bid to clear a "concerning backlog" that Britain's accounting watchdog says undermines the sector.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Insurers Agree To Pause Sales Of Asset Protection Cover

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Friday that eight out of 10 providers of guaranteed asset protection insurance have stopped selling the product, after the watchdog warned that customers may be getting ripped off.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Regulators Need 'Growth Mindset' Lloyd's Boss Says

    Financial watchdogs needed to change their mindset on international competitiveness in order to align with the U.K. government's plans for economic growth, the chair of Lloyd's of London said.

  • February 09, 2024

    Woodford Investors Get Court OK For £230M Redress Deal

    Investors in Neil Woodford's failed £3.7 billion ($4.6 billion) fund will get payment under a £230 million settlement scheme backed by the financial watchdog after the High Court signed off on the arrangement in a judgment published on Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Pensions Watchdog Faces New Wave Of Walkouts

    Workers at the U.K. pensions watchdog are planning another 12-day walkout after negotiations over pay demands failed, their union has said, marking their second strike action of 2024.

Expert Analysis

  • What TPR's Guidance On DEI Means For Pensions Industry

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    The Pension Regulator is one of the first regulators to issue guidance on equality, diversity and inclusion, and employers and trustees should incorporate its advice by developing policies and monitoring progress to ensure that improvements are made regularly, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Ensuring Construction Project Insurance Cover Is Adequate

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    There are a number of ways for practitioners to secure appropriate insurance for a construction project, and it is as important to consider who is covered under the policy as it is the specific terms and obligations, say lawyers at Gowling.

  • Rebuttal

    2nd Circ. Reinsurance Ruling Correctly Applied English Law

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    Contrary to a recent Law360 guest article's argument, the Second Circuit correctly applied English law when it decided in Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania v. Equitas that concurrent reinsurance certificates required the reinsurer to cover loss in accordance with the law of the policy's governing jurisdiction, say Peter Chaffetz and Andrew Poplinger at Chaffetz Lindsey.

  • Reserved Investor Fund Would Plug Gap In UK Finance Market

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    The reserved investor fund recently proposed by HM Treasury has the potential to be a welcome tax-efficient addition to the U.K.’s canon of products for real estate investments, with attractive features for companies and, in particular, large asset managers, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

  • What Firms Need To Know About The FCA Consumer Duty

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    The Financial Conduct Authority's new consumer duty, in force from July 31, presents an opportunity for manufacturers and distributors of financial services to understand the importance of fair value for consumers, and the regulator will be taking a close interest in this, say Julie Patient, Mark Aengenheister and Virginia Montgomery at Hogan Lovells.

  • Greenwashing Suits May Implicate D&O Policies

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    As consumers, regulators, and state and local governments seek to use litigation to hold companies responsible for alleged greenwashing, businesses facing such claims have a number of approaches available for seeking insurance coverage under directors and officers policies, say attorneys at Haynes Boone.

  • 2nd Circ. Reinsurance Ruling Misconstrues English Law

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    The Second Circuit's finding in Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania v. Equitas Insurance, that London-based reinsurer Equitas owed coverage for losses outside the policy period, stems from that court's misinterpretation of English law on reinsurance policy construction, says Christopher Foster at Holman Fenwick.

  • 4 Emerging Risks For US Insurance Markets

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    Both insureds and insurers in the U.S. must be aware of significant inbound exposures — including the issues arising from opioids, climate change and artificial intelligence — that could lead to continued volatility in insurance markets, say Aidan McCormack and Wes Reichart at DLA Piper.

  • How The New UK Digital Markets Bill Will Affect CMA's Powers

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    The highly anticipated U.K. Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill sets out far-reaching changes in terms of merger control and conduct requirements, but some are skeptical of the Competition and Markets Authority’s enhanced powers and potential for divergence in treatment between firms, say Ben Chivers, Stephen Whitfield ​​​​​​​and Nigel Seay at Travers Smith.

  • Key Takeaways From EU Proposal For Greenwashing Rules

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    If the proposal for a Green Claims Directive, with its enhanced rules on claims about a product or trader's environmental impact, is adopted, it will affect all businesses selling their products in the EU and bring major changes to the way those products are packaged and advertised, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • UK Plan For AI Rules Raises Compliance Questions For Cos.

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    The U.K. government's proposal for a new, clear and pro-innovation regulatory framework on artificial intelligence diverges from the European Union's approach, which may create incoherence and compliance burdens for businesses operating in both jurisdictions, says attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • The FCA's Timely Plan To Reform Asset Management Regime

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    The discussion paper recently issued by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority finally addresses how, in the future, asset management regulation will work in totality from an investor, manager and distributor perspective, and its review of the purpose and balance of the regime is welcomed, says Tim Dolan at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Questions Raised By UK Plan For ESG Ratings Providers

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    HM Treasury is taking steps toward regulating environmental, social and corporate governance ratings providers, aiming to ensure adequate protection for U.K. users and level the playing field, but the potential new regime risks imposing undue regulatory burden and overlapping requirements on U.K. and overseas firms, say Ferdisha Snagg and Andreas Wildner at Cleary.

  • Review Of Senior Managers Regime Provides Useful Insight

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    Although the recently launched review of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime suggests a remodel rather than wholesale change, the topics raised illustrate the mindset of the three key stakeholders in the U.K. financial services sector, say Richard Burger and Katy O’Connor at WilmerHale.

  • Highlights Of The UK's New Economic Crime Plan

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    With the direction of the U.K. government’s newly launched second economic crime plan undeniably altered by the recent focus on kleptocrats and their money, the emphasis is now on how the U.K. can deliver a more effective approach to reducing the threat of economic crime, says Kathryn Westmore at the Royal United Services Institute.

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