Insurance UK

  • January 30, 2024

    Eversheds, Keelys Guide Broker Howden On Consultancy Buy

    Insurance giant Howden Group said it has bought AHR Consultancy, a provider of employment law compliance services, in a deal steered by Eversheds Sutherland and Keelys LLP.

  • January 29, 2024

    Food Biz Sues Direct Line Unit For Payout Over Contaminants

    A processed vegetable product supplier has sued a subsidiary of Direct Line Group PLC for £487,000 ($617,000), saying its insurer has refused to pay out to cover losses caused by contaminated ingredients set to be used for Branston Pickle chutney.

  • January 29, 2024

    Eversheds, A&O, Sackers Steer £1.4B UK Pension Deal

    A food and drinks packaging company has transferred £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) of its pension liabilities to an insurer, Rothesay Life, in a transaction steered by Sackers, Eversheds Sutherland, and Allen & Overy.

  • January 29, 2024

    EU Watchdog To Limit Foreign Crypto Selling Into Bloc

    Europe's regulator of financial markets proposed on Monday that firms outside the European Union be able to sell crypto-assets to clients in the bloc only when the clients initiate the service, under a narrow exemption to rules in force from December.

  • January 29, 2024

    Pinsent Masons Hires Insurance M&A Pro From Royal London

    Pinsent Masons LLP has hired an insurance deal-maker expert as a partner in its corporate office in London, as the multinational law firm looks to strengthen its financial services team.

  • January 29, 2024

    Swindler Sentenced For 45 Bogus TV Insurance Claims

    A man who made 45 bogus insurance claims for broken televisions against 87 home insurance policies has been handed a suspended prison sentence after he pled guilty to two counts of fraud, police in London have said.

  • January 29, 2024

    Brown Rudnick Hires Ex-SFO Prosecutor To Head Corp. Crime

    Brown Rudnick LLP has hired a former Serious Fraud Office prosecutor from Jenner & Block LLP to head the international law firm's white-collar crime practice.

  • January 26, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog's Head Of Frontline Regulation To Leave

    The Pensions Regulator has announced that Nicola Parish, its executive director of frontline regulation, will leave the organization in February, ending a 16-year stint at the retirement savings watchdog.

  • January 26, 2024

    Hospitality Businesses Get Mixed Result For COVID Payouts

    Businesses including hoteliers and the upmarket Liberty department store partly won a battle at a London court Friday over issues in their claims against insurers to pay out for COVID-19 lockdowns after a judge ruled the closures did trigger business interruption policies.

  • January 26, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Sainsbury’s Supermarkets face patent proceedings over a specific type of mandarin, Alexander Nix, the former chief of Cambridge Analytica, embroiled in further proceedings with Dynamo Recoveries, the sports management arm of Warner Bros raise a red card against crypto exchange Next Hash, and EY targeted in a libel claim by a consultancy firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 26, 2024

    Insurers Voice More Criticism Over Gov't Pension Pot Plan

    Government proposals for a lifetime pension provider must not take precedence over existing reforms, an insurance sector trade body has said, as it said the proposed changes were attractive but not the main priority.

  • January 26, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Adds White & Case Dispute Duo To Paris Office

    Hogan Lovells has hired two French disputes experts for its Paris office, where the firm expects the team to lend their criminal investigations and compliance expertise to its litigation practice.

  • January 26, 2024

    UK Pension Freedom Overtaxation Bill Nears £1.2B

    The U.K. has had to hand back almost £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) to Britons who have paid too much tax for withdrawing their pensions because of a glitch in the rules that has yet to be fixed.

  • January 25, 2024

    Fieldfisher Adds Arbitration Pro With Spanish Partner Hire

    Fieldfisher LLP has hired a founding partner of Spanish law firm Claros & Abogados to join its Madrid office as it looks to bolster its dispute settlement practice across Europe and the Americas.

  • January 25, 2024

    City Calls For Tighter Financial Regulation Of Big Tech

    An industry-led City body has called on the Financial Conduct Authority to strengthen its regulatory grip on Big Tech companies like Google that offer financial services to maintain a level playing field in the sector.

  • January 25, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Shakes Up Trustee Investment Guidance

    The Pensions Regulator has set out new rules for trustees managing investments in riskier equity assets, amid a wider push by the government for the sector to invest in new U.K. enterprises.

  • January 25, 2024

    Consumer Rules Risk Blurring Line Between Advice And Guidance

    The Financial Conduct Authority's new Consumer Duty regime might unintentionally complicate parallel plans to sharpen the boundaries between financial advice and guidance. Experts have told Law360 that getting the right balance is more hazardous than before.

  • January 25, 2024

    Maritime Co. Sues Generali Italia For $1.7M Over Ship Damage

    A maritime company has sued Generali Italia for $1.74 million after its vessel was damaged on a voyage from Venezuela, alleging the Italian insurer has refused to pay because it says doing so would violate international sanctions.

  • January 25, 2024

    MPs Quiz Treasury On Pension Superfund Legislation

    The government has been urged to clarify the scope of new legislation likely to be introduced for pension superfunds amid widespread confusion in the sector over regulatory expectations. 

  • January 24, 2024

    Apartment, Insurers Settle Stalled Construction Coverage Row

    A Tampa, Florida, apartment complex owner and its insurers settled their dispute in federal court over coverage for delayed construction after mediation, they said Wednesday in a joint settlement notice.

  • January 24, 2024

    Consumer-Facing Tech Needs Even Approach, FCA Chief Says

    Emerging technologies have the potential to deliver improved and tailored products and prices for consumers, but must be handled carefully to prevent financial exclusion and monopolies at Big Tech companies, the Financial Conduct Authority chief said Wednesday.

  • January 24, 2024

    Criticism Of 'Surprising' Gov't One-Pot Pension Proposal Grows

    More pension and insurance companies on Wednesday joined the chorus of voices calling for the government to refocus efforts away from its new lifetime pension provider model, saying focusing on the plan jeopardizes other more necessary retirement savings changes.

  • January 24, 2024

    Billion-Dollar Disasters Hit Record High In 2023, Aon Says

    The number of global natural disasters that caused economic losses of at least $1 billion each reached a record high of 66 in 2023 as the year witnessed some of the deadliest catastrophes since 2010, a reinsurance broker has reported.

  • January 24, 2024

    Swiss Finance Watchdog Names ECB Exec Walter As New CEO

    Switzerland's financial watchdog said Wednesday that it has appointed a director general of the European Central Bank as its new chief executive after his predecessor stepped down amid the stress caused by the near-collapse of Credit Suisse.

  • January 24, 2024

    Ex-KWM Italy Chief Davide Proverbio Joins Eversheds In Milan

    The former managing partner of King & Wood Mallesons in Italy has joined the Milan office of Eversheds Sutherland, the latest in a series of moves after the two law firms reached a formal cooperation agreement last year.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Risk-Based Employee Conduct Policies Are Advisable

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    In establishing employee conduct policies, companies should consider the extent to which they are exposed to certain types of risk, such as bribery and corruption, as establishing clear written standards offers a step toward avoiding criminal liability, says Steve Melrose at Bellevue Law.

  • A Trusted Cybersecurity Framework Is Imperative For Lawyers

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    The recent increased risk of cyberattacks has a number of profound implications for law firms, and complying with government guidance by embedding a cyber-savvy culture and adhering to a security framework will enable lawyers to add extra layers of defense and present their clients with higher levels of protection, says Marion Stewart at Red Helix.

  • The New EU Data Act Proposal Raises Several Questions

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    In its aim to improve users' rights to access industrial data, the proposed Data Act demonstrates the European Commission’s awareness of the competitive advantage this can bring, but there are concerns as to how it would work in practice, and it appears unlikely that the U.K. will follow a similar framework, say Nick Phillips and Selina Clifford at Edwin Coe.

  • Preparing For FCA's New Appointed Representative Rules

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    The Financial Conduct Authority's new rules make authorized financial firms acting as principal more responsible for their appointed representatives and take effect in less than three months, so firms must understand the changes and undertake a gap analysis of current policies against the requirements as soon as possible, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • Opinion

    A Better Gov't Response To Pensions Misselling Is Needed

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    To finally clamp down on the pensions misselling we have seen emerge of late, such as the recent scandal involving a Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pension Scheme, a robust regulatory regime is needed to put an end to inadequate enforcement and unwise legislative innovation in U.K. pensions law, says Ben Rees at Keller Postman.

  • A Review Of The New UK Financial Services And Markets Bill

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    In revoking retained EU law and replacing it with U.K.-specific legislation, the new Financial Services and Markets Bill should mean a less cumbersome and more accessible regulatory regime than the existing patchwork of requirements, with provisions that address consumers’ concerns that they were not adequately protected, say attorneys at Ashurst.

  • How Greenwashing Litigation Is Affecting Financial Services

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    A rising demand for sustainable investment is likely to lead to an increase in claims of greenwashing, where a company's marketing falsely portrays its output as producing positive environmental outcomes, which carries risks for investors and insurers, says Kirsty Finlayson at Browne Jacobson.

  • FCA Consumer Duty Shows Shift In Retail Financial Services

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s newly published guidance on consumer duty sets higher expectations of the standard of care that financial firms give retail customers, meaning boards and senior management should expect to be held accountable for embedding a culture in which consumers' needs come first, say Claire Carroll and Sumitra Subramanian at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Pandemic Rent Ruling Is A Blow To Commercial Tenants

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in London Trocadero v. Picturehouse demonstrates that even exceptional COVID-19-related circumstances will not induce courts to interfere with a previously considered allocation of risk between parties or imply terms in a contract, says Gurpreet Sanghera at Simkins.

  • Building Inspector Insurance And Its New Relaxed Rules

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    The U.K. government recently opened up the market for approved building inspector insurance in the aftermath of the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy, but it does not appear to have considered the impact this may have on homeowners and developers, say Alan Stone and Jonathan Carrington at RPC.

  • New Corporate Insolvency Data Reveals Unexpected Results

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    For a variety of reasons there has been a slower than anticipated increase in U.K. corporate insolvency figures in recent months, although there may be a time lag between economic difficulties and sentiment among investors, lenders and business owners, and it is likely that numbers will rise in the autumn, says Jeremy Whiteson at Fladgate.

  • How The Latest Trends In Litigation Funding Are Developing

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    With investors looking for alternative assets that can achieve returns and claimants likely to be cash poor in the current economic downturn, the signs are that the litigation funding market is not only here to stay, but is set to expand, says Simon Thomas at Baker & Partners.

  • Pros And Cons Of Regulating Finance Sector's Third Parties

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    Recent proposals by the U.K. Treasury could lead to regulation of those designated as critical third parties in finance, and legislation will be needed to ensure technology suppliers are not deterred from participating in the financial services markets, say attorneys at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • UK Online Safety Bill Delayed, But Firms Should Still Prepare

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    Despite delays and content providers' concerns regarding the impact on their profitability, it appears certain that the Online Safety Bill will be enacted in one form or another, mirroring proposals in the EU and U.S., so tech firms must prepare for a new regulatory framework that will require them to tackle illegal and harmful content on their services, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • A Look At The Solvency II Insurance Sector Proposed Reforms

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    It is hoped that the proposed reforms of Solvency II will not only ensure policyholder protection and a successful insurance industry, but that released capital will be invested in long-term infrastructure and green projects, yet there are questions and even concerns surrounding potential changes and what their impact might be, says Dónal Clark at Kennedys.

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