Insurance UK

  • June 20, 2024

    Pensioners Still Taxed With 'Triple Lock Plus,' Lane Clark Says

    The ruling Conservative Party's pledge to add a tax break to the anti-inflation "triple lock" on pensions would still mean that 2.5 million U.K. pensioners will be taxed, consultancy Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    WTW Says Professional Trustee Appointments Up 11%

    Professional trustee appointments have surged by 11% over the past year, with corporate sole trustee appointments rising at 14%, according to WTW's 2024 professional trustee survey published Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Aegon Plans ESG Shakeup Of £12B Workplace Pension Fund

    Pensions provider Aegon on Thursday announced a raft of measures to overhaul its £12 billion ($15.2 billion) workplace retirement fund, as it plots to reduce its carbon emissions and invest more in unlisted assets.

  • June 20, 2024

    Financial Watchdog Launches First-Ever ESG Probe Into Biz

    The Financial Conduct Authority has opened its first-ever enforcement investigation into a company over climate-related issues, lawyers from an environmental legal campaign group said on Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Law Firm Disputes Pension Deal Capacity Concerns

    Most small retirement savings plans have little trouble carrying out an insurance transaction, a law firm has found, despite fears of a capacity crunch in the pensions deals market.

  • June 19, 2024

    Trade Body Sets Up Committee For M&A Insurance Market

    A trade body for underwriters said Wednesday that it has launched a committee on specialist insurance to cover risk associated with mergers and acquisitions, amid a surge in such policies being written from London.

  • June 19, 2024

    EU Gov'ts Agree Position On Simpler Data-Sharing Rules

    European Union governments agreed where they stand on new rules on Wednesday to help most financial regulators in the bloc to share data, with more efficient reporting by watchdogs and companies.

  • June 19, 2024

    Plane Not 'Lost' In $15M Stranded Jet Row, Chubb Says

    Chubb European Group SE has said it is not liable for $14.7 million claimed by the Irish wing of a U.S. aircraft leasing company to cover the claimed loss of a plane stranded in Russia because the insurer says it is not actually lost.

  • June 19, 2024

    Fieldfisher Steers £165M Mineral Biz Pension Deal

    Insurance giant Aviva said on Wednesday that it has completed a full retirement savings plan buy-in worth £165 million ($210 million) sponsored by mineral miner and processor Sibelco UK Ltd., in a deal guided by Fieldfisher LLP.

  • June 19, 2024

    Zurich Buys 70% Stake In Indian Insurer For $670M

    Swiss insurance giant Zurich said Wednesday that it has bought a 70% stake in Kotak Mahindra General Insurance for $488 million, the largest foreign investment in India's general insurance market since 2021.

  • June 18, 2024

    Insurers Appeal COVID ExCeL Biz Insurance Test Case Ruling

    Insurers launched an appeal on Tuesday to overturn a landmark test case ruling that would provide cover for COVID-19 lockdowns for thousands of companies with "at-the-premises" business interruption wording in their policies.

  • June 18, 2024

    Insurers Deny Stranded Planes Are 'Lost' In $45M Claim

    A range of insurers have said they are not liable for $44.9 million claimed by an Irish aircraft operating company to cover the loss of planes stranded in Russia because they argue the airline business has not suffered any loss.

  • June 18, 2024

    Lifeboat Scheme Names PwC As Partner For Claims Service

    The Financial Services Compensation Scheme said Tuesday it has awarded its core claims service contract to Big Four accounting firm PwC as the scheme expands its in-house team.

  • June 18, 2024

    EU Finance Watchdogs Call For Improved Sustainability Rules

    The European Union's financial regulators called on legislators Tuesday to improve rules on disclosing sustainability in funds, introducing product categorization to combat greenwashing problems.

  • June 17, 2024

    Smaller Insurers Predicted To Benefit From Solvency Changes

    Changes to the U.K.'s capital requirement regime that raises the threshold at which firms must comply could offer smaller insurers that are no longer bound to the regulations more opportunities for growth, Broadstone said Monday.

  • June 17, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Steers Refinancing For Injury Law Firm

    Personal injury firm Fletchers Solicitors said Monday it has struck a refinancing deal with Legal & General-backed asset manager Pemberton, in an agreement steered by Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

  • June 17, 2024

    Finnish Insurer Sampo Makes $4.7B Offer For Topdanmark

    Finnish insurance group Sampo PLC said Monday that it will buy the remaining shares in Topdanmark that it does not own in a deal that values the Danish insurer at $4.7 billion.

  • June 17, 2024

    Political Parties Urged To Accelerate Financial Inclusion

    An independent body of parliamentarians and finance experts called on Monday on the main political parties to establish a national strategy on financial inclusion in the first 100 days of a new government.

  • June 14, 2024

    'Riverdance' Star Can't Step Around $30M Estate Arbitration

    Dancer Michael Flatley must arbitrate his €30 million ($32 million) claim against Hiscox over allegations of defective work on his estate in County Cork, an Irish court ruled Friday, saying there is nothing unfair about enforcing the policy's arbitration clause.

  • June 14, 2024

    Swiss Re, Chubb Deny Liability In £13B Stranded Planes Feud

    Swiss Re and Chubb have denied that they are liable for aircraft detained in Russia after it invaded Ukraine amid a slew of claims totaling £13 billion ($16.5 billion), telling a London court that their insurance policies do not cover the fallout of war.

  • June 14, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 14, 2024

    New Entrant Expected In Pension Transfer Market, LCP Says

    Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said that another new insurer will enter the pension transfer market by the end of the year, bringing the total number of companies securing the liabilities of retirement savings plans to a record high.

  • June 14, 2024

    Labour Eyes Flexible Financial Regulation To Spur Growth

    The Labour Party prioritized financial services growth this week as it eyes Downing Street, suggesting a new era of more flexible regulation to drive technological innovation and competitiveness, regulatory lawyers say.

  • June 14, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Head To Chair Diversity Initiative

    Britain's retirement savings watchdog has said that its head of regulatory transactions and frontline services Jenny Davie will now chair an initiative designed to promote greater diversity in the pensions sector.

  • June 14, 2024

    MPs' Pension Fund Has Only 1.3% Allocation To UK Assets

    A pension scheme for British members of Parliament has just £10 million ($12.7 million) of its portfolio invested in U.K. equities, experts revealed Friday, despite efforts by the government to push schemes into fueling the national economic recovery.

Expert Analysis

  • EU Anti-Greenwashing Guide Analyzed For Fund Managers

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    Anna Maleva-Otto and Matthew Dow at Schulte Roth explain how the European Securities and Markets Authority’s new guidelines on sustainability-related terms in fund names aim to protect European Union investors from unsubstantiated claims, and how they provide quantifiable criteria for determining which terms can be used to promote their funds.

  • How Law Firms Can Handle Challenges Of Mass Claims

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    With a wave of volume litigation possibly about to hit the U.K. courts, firms developing mass claim practices should ensure they heed the Solicitors Regulation Authority's May warning and adopt strategies to ensure regulatory compliance and fair client representation, says Claire Van der Zant at Shieldpay.

  • FCA Doubles Down On New Priorities With Target ID Plan

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    Respondents to the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent consultation on its plan to publicly name subjects under investigation are concerned that the regulator’s cost-benefit analysis has not adequately considered the risks, but the FCA is holding firm, and it seems likely the changes will be implemented, says James Tyler at Peters & Peters.

  • Insurance Ruling Stresses High Hurdle To Fix Policy Wording

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    In Project Angel v. Axis, the Court of Appeal recently refused to rewrite the exclusion clause of an insurance policy, reminding parties in the warranty and indemnity market to carefully word clauses, as there is a high threshold before courts will intervene to amend policies, say Joseph Moore and Laura McCann at Travers Smith.

  • Examining Senior Managers' Accountability For AI Use

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    With the Financial Conduct Authority's artificial intelligence update and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s letter to the government offering key guidance on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, Senior Managers in these organizations need to show they have taken steps to prevent breaching requirements in order not to be held personally accountable, says Jennifer Holyoake at DLA Piper.

  • What Cos. Should Know About The EU Greenwashing Rules

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    The EU's recently proposed Green Claims Directive introduces new rules to improve the transparency and honesty of environmental claims in advertising, which will help ensure that consumers receive accurate and reliable information to make informed purchasing decisions, says Daja Apetz-Dreier at Morgan Lewis.

  • The Art Of Corporate Apologies: Crafting An Effective Strategy

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    Public relations challenges often stop companies from apologizing amid alleged wrongdoing, but a recent U.K. government consultation seeks to make this easier, highlighting the importance of corporate apologies and measures to help companies balance the benefits against the potential legal ramifications, says Dina Hudson at Byfield Consultancy.

  • Dissecting Recent Developments Against The Misuse Of NDAs

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    The U.K. government's recent plans to nullify nondisclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting crimes should remind lawyers to proactively consider the necessity of such agreements, especially in light of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's warning notice on drafting improper NDAs, say Clare Davis and Macaela Joyes at RPC.

  • What To Know About The Russia-Stranded Plane Ruling

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    The High Court's recent decision in Zephyrus Capital Aviation v. Fidelis Underwriting, rejecting reinsurers' U.K. jurisdiction challenges in claims over stranded planes in Russia, has broad implications for cross-border litigation involving exclusive jurisdiction clauses, says Samantha Zaozirny at Browne Jacobson.

  • 3 Notable Pensions Reforms In Spring Budget

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    The U.K. government’s spring budget introduced reforms to improve pension outcomes through the value for money framework and the lifetime provider model, as well as to encourage investments in Britain — three interlinked areas that could pressure trustees and providers to rethink how they approach investments, say Liz Ramsaran and Marcus Fink at DWF.

  • UK Arbitration Ruling Offers Tips On Quelling Bias Concerns

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    An English court's recent decision in H1 v. W to remove an arbitrator because of impartiality concerns offers several lessons on mitigating bias, including striking a balance between arbitration experience and knowledge of a particular industry, and highlights the importance of careful arbitrator appointment, says Paul-Raphael Shehadeh at Duane Morris.

  • Bias Ruling Offers Guidance On Disqualifying Arbitrators

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    An English court's recent decision in H1 v. W, removing an arbitrator due to bias concerns, reaffirms practical considerations when assessing an arbitrator's impartiality, and highlights how ill-chosen language by an arbitrator can clear the high bar for disqualification, say Andrew Connelly and Ian Meredith at K&L Gates.

  • Insurance Policy Takeaways From UK Lockdown Loss Ruling

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    An English court's recent decision in Unipolsai v. Covea, determining that insurers' losses from COVID-19 lockdowns were covered by reinsurance, highlights key issues on insurance policy wordings, including how to define a "catastrophe" in the context of the pandemic, says Daniel Healy at Brown Rudnick.

  • What COVID Payout Ruling Means For Lockdown Loss Claims

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    While the High Court's recent COVID-19 payout decision in Gatwick v. Liberty Mutual, holding that pandemic-related regulations trigger prevention of access clauses, will likely lead to insurers accepting more business interruption claims, there are still evidentiary challenges and issues regarding policy limits and furlough, say Josianne El Antoury and Greg Lascelles at Covington.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

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