Insurance UK

  • April 02, 2024

    Insurers Say Pension Models Could Undercut Auto-Enrollment

    Government plans to introduce new pension pot models risk undermining the success of automatic enrollment and could have a negative impact on retirement saver outcomes, the Association of British Insurers has warned.

  • April 02, 2024

    Airplane In $20M Russia Dispute Is Not Lost, Insurers Say

    Three insurers have hit back against a $19.7 million claim over a passenger jet stranded in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, arguing that the Irish aviation company which owned it had suffered no actual loss.

  • April 02, 2024

    EU Insurers Face Stress Tests For Rising Geopolitical Risk

    The European insurance and pensions watchdog launched its stress test for 2024 on Tuesday, an exercise that will assess the ability of insurers within the bloc to cope with the hypothetical consequences of prolonged geopolitical tension and its knock-on effects.

  • April 02, 2024

    CMS Guides Pensions Insurer On £870M De Beers Deal

    Pension Insurance Corp. PLC said Tuesday that it has covered £870 million ($1.1 billion) of pension liabilities for diamond company De Beers in the U.K. as part of a long-term strategy.

  • March 28, 2024

    Insurers Must Face £13B Russia-Stranded Planes Suits In UK

    Major insurers including Allianz, AXA and Liberty Mutual will have to face £13 billion ($16.4 billion) worth of claims over planes stranded in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine as a London judge on Thursday ruled against attempts to move the claims to Moscow.

  • March 28, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Returns £3.5M To Troubled Scheme

    The U.K.'s pension watchdog has recovered £3.5 million ($4.4 million) from an engineering business for its beleaguered staff benefits plan.

  • March 28, 2024

    EU Watchdogs To Relax On OTC Derivative Clearing Breaches

    The European Union's securities regulator has said it expects national regulators not to prioritize supervisory action against banks or insurers that fail to clear some over-the-counter derivatives with foreign pension schemes, ahead of legal exemption.

  • March 28, 2024

    NCA Logs 5% Decline In Suspicious Activity Reports Last Year

    The National Crime Agency reported Thursday a 5% decline in reports about potential criminal activities such as suspected money laundering and terrorist financing to its intelligence unit received during the financial year that ended March 2023.

  • March 28, 2024

    UK Watchdog Clears Aviva's £460M Takeover Of AIG Life

    The U.K. government on Thursday gave a green light to insurance giant Aviva for its proposed £460 million ($562 million) acquisition of a British subsidiary of AIG Life Ltd. at the end of its first phase of inquiry into the transaction.

  • March 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen investors target fraudsters who ran a fake film tax scheme, Barclays Bank sue privately owned Russian bank PJSC Sovcombank, easyGroup bring a trademark infringement claim against online casino TGI Entertainment for its "easybet" word sign, and a bioethanol fuel company hit high-profile individuals connected to the collapsed Elysian Fuels scheme. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 28, 2024

    New Pension General Code Comes Into Force

    A tough new governance regime for pension trustees has been introduced, in what experts say is a significant step in driving up standards for the sector.

  • March 28, 2024

    UK Signs Accounting Standards Deal With Australia

    Britain's audit watchdog said Thursday it has secured a deal on accounting standards with Australian authorities to make it easier for auditors to work between both countries.

  • March 27, 2024

    5th Circ. Reissues Arb. Decision In Hurricane Damage Case

    The Fifth Circuit has reissued its opinion allowing a group of domestic insurers to force arbitration of a dispute over coverage for hurricane damage under an international arbitration clause after the insurers argued that the unanimous decision applied circuit precedent in a new context.

  • March 27, 2024

    Lawyer Group Ends Challenge Over Fixed Recoverable Costs

    A legal trade body has ended court proceedings against the U.K. government after it agreed to make changes to a new regime to extend fixed recoverable costs in personal injury cases.

  • March 27, 2024

    VAT Applies To UK Insurer's Prior Service Pact, Court Rules

    Value-added taxes apply to performance fees invoiced to a U.K.-based insurance company by an investment management firm as part of service agreements, a London court said, because those payments occurred outside the duration of the arrangement.

  • March 27, 2024

    BoE Finds Increasing Fear Of Financial Risk From AI

    The Bank of England said on Wednesday the proportion of banks, insurers and other firms that find artificial intelligence one of the greatest risks to the finance system has doubled in six months.

  • March 27, 2024

    BoE Says Action On LDI Has Boosted Financial Stability

    The U.K.'s financial stability watchdog said Wednesday that measures introduced in the wake of the pension fund crisis 18 months ago have bolstered resilience to further shocks.

  • March 27, 2024

    Shoosmiths, CMS, HSF Guide £510M Pension Deal For Next

    High street clothing retailer Next PLC has offloaded £510 million ($643 million) of its retirement scheme liabilities to Pension Insurance Corp. PLC, in a deal steered by law firms Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Shoosmiths LLP and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

  • March 27, 2024

    Insurers Undervalue Junked And Stolen Vehicles, FCA Says

    British insurers have been undervaluing written-off and stolen vehicles when settling customers' claims, according to a review by the country's financial watchdog published Wednesday.

  • March 26, 2024

    Gov't Issues Deadlines For Pensions 'Dashboard' Linkage

    Large pension schemes in the U.K. must connect their plans to the government's long-awaited Pensions Dashboard Program by the end of April 2025, according to new guidance.

  • March 26, 2024

    UK Marine Insurer Investigating Baltimore Bridge Crash

    Britannia, a British marine insurer, confirmed Tuesday that it is working with authorities in Baltimore after a container ship destroyed the city's landmark Francis Scott Key Bridge in a collision that experts say is likely to cost the insurance sector billions of dollars in claims.

  • March 26, 2024

    Insurance Execs Deny BDO Found Buyer For £18.5M Sale

    Directors of KGJ Insurance Services have denied owing advisory fees to BDO LLP following the sale of the insurance broker for an estimated £18.5 million ($23.4 million), claiming that BDO never proposed or introduced the buyer itself.

  • March 26, 2024

    EU Watchdog Sets Out Rules For Green Bond Issue Reviewers

    The European Union's financial markets regulator on Tuesday proposed rules for external reviewers of green bond issues across the bloc, to help stop greenwashing and conflicts of interest.

  • March 26, 2024

    Top Court Ruling In 'Whiplash' Test Case Could Hit Premiums

    Personal injury claimants could get higher payouts from their motor insurance as a result of a test case ruling at Britain's highest court on Tuesday, although analysts warn that insurers could respond with higher premiums to cover the cost of bigger claims.

  • March 26, 2024

    Over Regulation Restricted Defined Benefit Pensions, MPs Say

    The government should change the focus of the U.K.'s pension watchdog, lawmakers said Tuesday, warning that years of excessive caution on regulation has nearly wiped out the country's remaining defined benefit retirement plans.

Expert Analysis

  • Data Protection Considerations For Insurers Post-Brexit

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    Now that companies must comply with both U.K. and EU data protection laws, insurers operating in Europe face additional data exposure liability risks and should adjust their underwriting practices and policy wordings accordingly, says Charlotte Worlock at Atheria Law.

  • Cargo Insurance May Cover Losses From Suez Canal Delays

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    Policyholders who have suffered economic losses from the recent Suez Canal blockage may be able to secure compensation from their standard cargo insurance policies, even if coverage for delays is explicitly precluded, says Jeremy Lawrence at Munger Tolles.

  • 3 Lessons For UK Litigators In Virtual Trials

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    UK litigators should note several best practices for adapting to the hurdles, and capitalizing on the benefits, of virtual trials, and expect the new hearing format to persist beyond the end of the pandemic, say Christopher Boyne and Emma Laurie-Rhodes at Debevoise.

  • SEC Data Transfer Safe Harbor Raises Questions For UK Cos.

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office recently authorized British companies to transfer U.K. subjects’ personal data to facilitate U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, but companies need more detail on how to invoke the safe harbor or handle EU data subjects, say attorneys at Davis Polk.

  • COVID-19 Insurance Issues To Watch In Civil Law Countries

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    A recent decision from a Spanish court of appeals shows that COVID-19 business interruption coverage disputes may not have outcomes that would be expected in common law countries, say Miguel Torres at Martínez-Echevarría & Rivera Abogados and José Umbert at Zelle.

  • Remote Working Tips For Lawyer Trainees And Their Firms

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    The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.

  • What Growing Focus On ESG Means For Insurers

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    As the world pays steadily more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, insurers and reinsurers will need to integrate ESG risks into their underwriting and compliance efforts, but doing so will help attract consumers and achieve positive investment returns, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Finance Firms May See Increased FCA Enforcement This Year

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    Financial firms will likely see increased investigation and enforcement actions from the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority following Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, including in the areas of financial crime, customer protection, operational resilience and conduct, says Tracey Dovaston at Boies Schiller.

  • UK Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies Arbitrator Bias Standard

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's judgment in Halliburton v. Chubb, likely the court's most important decision in the area of international arbitration in the past decade, articulates important guidelines for how English courts will police issues of arbitrator disclosure and bias, even as it fuels concerns among insurance policyholders, say Allan Moore and Ramon Luque at Covington.

  • Evaluating Ethical And Legal Risk In Ransomware Payments

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    Deciding whether to pay the demanded ransom during a cyberattack is complex and requires a careful balancing of the risks to the firm's business against the reputational and regulatory risks, but companies can also prepare for this eventuality by taking concrete steps now, say Rob Dedman and Kim Roberts at King & Spalding.

  • How Climate, Finance And Trade Will Intersect In 2021

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    In the coming year, the Biden administration will likely align its policies on climate change, finance and trade more closely with those of international partners and organizations, leading to more coordinated action on climate standards that will be applied across the global economy, say consultants at C&M International.

  • Perspectives

    Finding A Path Forward To Regulate The Legal Industry

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    Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.

  • Whether And How To Compel Remote Arbitration

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    As the pandemic delays in-person arbitration hearings, mediator and arbitrator Theodore Cheng provides arbitrators with a checklist to examine the rationale and authority for compelling parties to participate in remote hearings.

  • Creditors Welcome UK Supreme Court's Reflective Loss Decision

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent Sevilleja v. Marex decision benefits creditors and other stakeholders by excluding their claims from the reflective loss principle, which precludes third-party complaints that merely reflect company loss, say Robert Fidoe and Jack Moulder at Watson Farley.

  • How Courts Are Encouraging Mediation In England And Wales

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    As the judiciary braces for widespread pandemic-driven contractual disputes, courts in England and Wales are showing enthusiastic support for mediation, both when determining the implications of a party's refusal to mediate and when assessing whether normal restrictions on the use of mediation-derived information apply, says Leah Alpren-Waterman at Watson Farley.

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