Insurance UK

  • February 23, 2024

    Allianz To Launch €1B Buyback, Boost 2023 Dividend

    Allianz SE has announced a new share buyback program worth up to €1 billion ($1.1 billion), alongside plans to raise its dividend as it looks to increase its returns to shareholders.

  • February 23, 2024

    Swiss Watchdog Launches New Unregulated Fund Category

    The financial watchdog of Switzerland said on Friday that the Bern government will launch a new category of investment fund which will be exempt from regulation, in a bid to make the country more attractive for the sector. 

  • February 23, 2024

    Pensions Regulator To Rejig Oversight Of Workplace Schemes

    The Pensions Regulator has said it will create three new regulatory functions as part of a strategic overhaul it said would meet the demands of a changing marketplace of fewer, but larger schemes.

  • February 23, 2024

    Compensation Scheme To Cover £38M Pensions Transfer Cost

    The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has said that it has put up £38 million ($48 million) so that clients of a failed pension provider would not take a hit when transferring their long-term savings elsewhere.

  • February 23, 2024

    FCA Fires Warning Shot Over City's Consumer Duty Failings

    The Financial Conduct Authority has sent out a fresh warning to financial services companies highlighting how some of them are failing to comply with its Consumer Duty regime. But experts have told Law360 that the expectations are unclear.

  • February 22, 2024

    Upcoming Election Hampering Net-Zero Progress, MPs say

    A looming general election is hindering attempts by policymakers to introduce or consult on green policies, while risking Britain's broader transition to an environment-friendly economy, a cross-party group of MPs said Friday.

  • February 22, 2024

    UK Audit Sector's Stewardship Code Gains Support

    Britain's audit regulator said there are now 273 companies signed up to the Stewardship Code, ahead of its review this year following corporate governance rule changes.

  • February 22, 2024

    Going Broke Is Top Concern For Retirement Clients

    More than 70% of financial advisers report their retirement clients fear they will outlast their money, according to research published Thursday by insurer Aegon UK.

  • February 22, 2024

    Insurers Warned To Be Alert To Escalation in Middle East

    Conflict in the Middle East could affect the revenue streams of insurers, a consultancy has warned, particularly if it spreads further to disrupt energy markets and air travel.

  • February 22, 2024

    Zurich To Reward Shareholders With $5B After Record Profit

    Swiss insurance heavyweight Zurich said on Thursday that it will return a total of $5 billion to shareholders after recording a record $7.4 billion operating profit for 2023.

  • February 21, 2024

    NY Judges Question Lehman's Bid To Undo CDS Trial Loss

    A panel of New York appeals court judges on Wednesday appeared reluctant to undo a bench trial loss Lehman Bros.' bankrupt European unit suffered last year in a suit attempting to clawback nearly half a billion dollars from Assured Guaranty over alleged losses on credit default swaps tied to the 2008 financial crisis.

  • February 21, 2024

    Pitmans Can't Strike Out Negligent Pension Advice Claim

    Pitmans Solicitors, BDB Pitmans' predecessor, has failed to strike out allegations that it gave former clients negligent advice on a pension scheme, after a London court found Wednesday that it is "clearly in the interests of justice" that the case proceed against it.

  • February 21, 2024

    Insurer QBE Narrows Gender Pay Gap, But Bonuses An Issue

    QBE UK has said the gender pay gap has fallen across its organization and is below the wider gap seen in the insurance industry, despite the gender bonus divide remaining "an issue" at the insurer.

  • February 21, 2024

    Pension Climate Reporting Has 'Failed To Shift UK Investment'

    The government's climate reporting regime for pensions providers has failed to produce a meaningful shift in investment behavior away from fossil fuels, experts warned lawmakers on Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    FCA Targeting Failings In Consumer Duty Compliance

    Some financial companies are lagging in their compliance with the Consumer Duty rules that came into effect in 2023, Britain's City watchdog said in a paper outlining areas requiring improvement.

  • February 21, 2024

    Burges Salmon Leads Insurer's £11M Spar Pension Deal

    Insurer Just Group said on Wednesday that it has completed an £11 million ($13.8 million) pension buy-in transaction with Spar (UK) Ltd., in a deal guided by Burges Salmon LLP.

  • February 20, 2024

    Fire Brigade Workers Fight To Overturn Pensions Loss

    The firefighters union urged an appeals court on Tuesday to overturn its failed bid to prove that HM Treasury unfairly distributed costs when compensating workers who had received unlawful pensions in the past, arguing that the policy caused sex, age and race discrimination.

  • February 20, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Hires ESG Expert From Clifford Chance

    Addleshaw Goddard LLP has recruited an environmental, social and governance specialist from Clifford Chance LLP as a partner in its London office, bolstering the law firm's ability to advise on sustainability issues.

  • February 20, 2024

    Insurers Fight To Overturn 'Mixed Injury' Compensation Ruling

    Britain's highest court wrestled on Tuesday with how motorists bringing so-called mixed injury claims should win compensation from insurers, in landmark test litigation that could affect thousands of other cases.

  • February 20, 2024

    EU Negotiators Adopt Rules To Widen Market Data Access

    The European Union adopted rules on Tuesday that give investors across the bloc equal access to updated share and bond prices, as well as trading data, in the final step before these changes enter legislation.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pension Transfers Could Cost Savers £70K In Retirement

    Pensioners-to-be in the U.K. could lose about £70,000 ($88,500) in retirement when transferring their pension pot due to a lack of understanding of key information such as financial charges, according to recent research.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pension Numbers Shrink As Funding Grows, Watchdog Says

    The number of defined benefit pension schemes in the U.K. has decreased by 2% since 2022, according to a report published Tuesday by The Pensions Regulator that shows that funding levels for retirement savings plans are continuing to improve.

  • February 19, 2024

    Insurers Detail Plans To Free £100B Amid Solvency Changes

    Developing more consistent long-term decarbonization plans will help accelerate infrastructure investment of £100 billion ($126 billion) after the U.K. overhauls the capital adequacy rules for insurers, a report said on Monday.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    EU Class Action Policy Guided By Wrong Measure Of Success

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    The political agreement obtained last month on the first European Union-wide rules on collective redress illustrates the fact that the main goal of the authorities is to increase the number of class action claims rather than focus on the application of standard civil liability principles, says Sylvie Gallage-Alwis at Signature Litigation.

  • An Attractive Regime For Governing Jurisdiction Post-Brexit

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    As indicated by the U.K.'s recent application to join the Lugano Convention, this is an "oven-ready" option for the U.K. for governing questions of jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments with European Union countries after Brexit — but not without important differences from the current regime, say attorneys at Latham.

  • Reinsurance Implications Of COVID-19 Biz Interruption Laws

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    In light of legislative and public pressure in the U.S. and U.K. on insurers to cover business interruption losses related to COVID-19, reinsurers will face new questions regarding their obligation to cover claim payments, say Robin Dusek at Saul Ewing and Susie Wakefield at Shoosmiths.

  • UK Appellate Rulings Clarify Arbitral Choice Of Law

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    Two recent U.K. Court of Appeal decisions have changed the operation of the choice-of-law test for arbitration — a resolution as significant as changing the test itself because it affects the implied choices of the contracting parties, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

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