Insurance UK

  • February 29, 2024

    UK Pension 'Surplus Extraction' Changes Could Unlock £340B

    Government proposals to use the surplus held in defined benefit pension schemes could unlock £340 billion ($430 billion) for investment in U.K. businesses or payments for members, according to PwC.

  • February 29, 2024

    £1.84B Of Gov't-Backed COVID Loans Suspected Fraudulent

    Some £1.84 billion ($2.32 billion) of U.K. government-backed COVID-19 loans granted to help businesses through the pandemic are suspected to be fraudulent, the Department for Business and Trade said Thursday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Chief Under Fire As Staff Strike Again

    Workers at the U.K. pensions watchdog started a 12-day walkout on Thursday, criticizing the "head-in-the-sand attitude" of the regulator's chief executive and claiming she has ignored their requests to resolve a months-long pay dispute.

  • February 29, 2024

    Insurer Direct Line Rejects £3B Linklaters-Backed Ageas Bid

    British insurer Direct Line has rejected a £3.1 billion ($3.9 billion) offer from Ageas, a Belgian-French rival, finding that it was "uncertain, unattractive, and that it significantly undervalued" the group.

  • February 28, 2024

    MPs Launch Inquiry Into Effectiveness Of Russia Sanctions

    Parliament's Treasury Select Committee on Thursday said it is launching a parliamentary inquiry into whether Britain's sanctions against Russia have been effective in hampering the Kremlin's ability to finance its war with Ukraine.

  • February 28, 2024

    Insurer To Pay £15K To End Abuse Payout Row With Ex-Vicar

    The Church of England's main insurer has agreed to pay £15,000 ($18,950) in a settlement to resolve a dispute over a former vicar's liability for money the insurer paid to settle victims' claims after he was convicted of child abuse.

  • February 28, 2024

    Bogus Insurance Claim Lawyer Seeks To Overturn Striking Off

    A solicitor who made a false insurance claim over a road traffic accident urged a court on Wednesday to restore him to the profession, saying that a tribunal did not consider the "exceptional circumstances" of the case.

  • February 28, 2024

    Profit Warnings Rise For Pension Scheme Sponsors

    One in five U.K.-listed companies with a defined benefit pension scheme issued a profit warning in 2023, according to research published by EY-Parthenon, marking a year that "exceeded levels" seen at the peak of the financial crisis.

  • February 28, 2024

    Pension Bodies Call For Investment Regulation Overhaul

    The government must boost levels of pension savings, consolidate funds and offer new opportunities for investing in illiquid assets if it wants the sector to contribute to U.K. growth, two trade bodies have said.

  • February 28, 2024

    FRC Plans To Review Code For Asset Managers

    Britain's accounting watchdog announced it will carry out a fundamental review of the Stewardship Code and revise its rules for investors where necessary to help promote U.K. competitiveness.

  • February 28, 2024

    St James's Place Sets Aside £426M For Potential Client Refunds

    One of the U.K.'s largest wealth managers said Wednesday that it has set aside £426 million ($540 million) for potential refunds to clients that have complained they did not receive financial advice they paid for.

  • February 27, 2024

    Global Pension Assets Total $55T In 2023, Broker Says

    Global pension assets rose by 11% to reach $55.7 trillion in 2023, according to research published by broker WTW, showing a rebound from weaker economic performance across the previous year. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Financial Ombudsman Braced For APP Fraud Claims

    Britain's financial dispute-resolution body told a cross-party group of members of Parliament on Tuesday it is braced for an avalanche of extra claims later this year when banks must recompense victims duped into transferring money to fraudsters.

  • February 27, 2024

    Insurance Body Launches Guide For 'Responsible' AI Use

    British insurers should consider who is accountable for any artificial intelligence systems they use to ensure that they are using the technology responsibly, according to a guide published Tuesday by a trade body.

  • February 27, 2024

    FCA To Start Naming Finance Firms Under Investigation

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Tuesday that it plans to publicly name the firms it probes and publish information about its investigations at an earlier stage to increase the deterrent effect of its enforcement actions.

  • February 27, 2024

    British Pensions Sector Backs FCA 'Advice Gap' Review

    The U.K. pensions industry has thrown its support behind a sweeping review designed to plug a growing advice gap among workers approaching retirement.

  • February 27, 2024

    UK Insurers Call For Extension Of 'Whiplash' Injury Tariff

    Insurers said on Tuesday that they will campaign for changes to personal injury rules as part of a wider effort to curb spiraling hikes in the price of premiums.

  • February 26, 2024

    Insurance M&A Hits 10-Year Low Amid Political Uncertainty

    The number of global mergers and acquisitions among insurers was at its lowest level for a decade in 2023, according to research published on Monday by Clyde & Co. that shows companies are reacting cautiously to heightened geopolitical risks.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Managing Partner Must Pay £210K Costs In Bias Claim

    A former managing partner of a law firm has lost his latest bid to avoid paying costs, after a tribunal blocked him from relitigating rulings that he hid information while off work with cancer to claim income protection insurance and a share of its profits.

  • February 26, 2024

    UK Unveils Plan For Surplus In £1.4T Pension Sector

    The government has said it is exploring proposals to allow companies to tap into the £1.4 trillion ($1.8 trillion) defined benefit pension sector, but trade bodies and consultants warned that the plan could undermine the security of savers.

  • February 26, 2024

    EU Strengthens Investors' Protection On Investment Funds

    The European Union adopted new rules on Monday for investment funds that are designed to make the market integrate better and strengthen protection for investors.

  • February 26, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Hires Macfarlanes Pro For Wealth Team

    Addleshaw Goddard LLP has appointed former Macfarlanes LLP lawyer Laura Uberoi as partner and head of its newly created private wealth team in London.

  • February 23, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Tesco target competing retailer Lidl with a copyright claim as they battle in the Court of Appeal over the design of Tesco’s Clubcard, the directors of a taxi business sue the creator of an AI route mapping app for professional negligence, Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers tackle an aviation claim by an Irish investment company, and Robert Bull hit with a general commercial contracts claim by Hancock Finance.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ex-Telecoms Execs Deny Knowledge Of Bribery In £11M Sale

    Three former directors of a telecommunications company allege that a cloud-technology business owes them more than £1.5 million ($1.9 million) left unpaid after it bought their business, while denying claims that they failed to disclose ongoing legal disputes that subsequently devalued the shares.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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