Insurance UK

  • February 14, 2024

    Insurers On Hook After Top Court Rules On Credit Hire Claims

    The cost of motor claims for insurers could rise after Britain's highest court ruled on Wednesday that they have to pay additional damages to replacement car hire companies after a road traffic accident, although experts say there could still be a silver lining. 

  • February 14, 2024

    FCA Flagged 10,000 Misleading Financial Ads In 2023

    Britain's finance watchdog has ramped up its fight against misleading financial advertisements, reporting on Wednesday that it intervened to have more than 10,000 promotions posted online without proper authorization pulled or amended in 2023.

  • February 14, 2024

    Broker WTW Works With Maths Lab On Catastrophe Modeling

    Insurance broker WTW unveiled a new collaboration on Wednesday between its research network and the London Mathematical Laboratory to improve how it predicts natural disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes and deals with the consequences.

  • February 14, 2024

    Insurers Must Pay Out On Third-Party Hire Car Losses

    Insurers must cover rental income lost by car hire firms when their vehicles are involved in accidents, the U.K.'s highest court ruled on Wednesday in a case that is likely to add major costs for the insurance industry.

  • February 13, 2024

    Insurance Broker Escapes £2.6M Claim From Foundry Client

    A London judge has dismissed an investment advisory firm's bid to collect £2.6 million ($3.2 million) from its insurance broker for problems that allegedly nullified the foundry's coverage for an industrial site.

  • February 13, 2024

    EU Eases Rule Enforcement On Best Price For Clients

    The European Union financial markets regulator said on Tuesday that it expects all national watchdogs "not to prioritize" taking supervisory action against investment companies that fail to comply with certain rules to report how they achieved the best terms for clients.

  • February 13, 2024

    UK Pension Surplus Dips Slightly To £425B

    The total surplus of U.K. pension schemes dipped by £2.8 billion ($3.5 billion) over the past month, the sector's lifeboat scheme revealed Tuesday, but experts say the changes are unlikely to dim appetite for insurance de-risking transactions.

  • February 13, 2024

    New Panel Set Up To Promote UK Fund Investments

    A panel of pensions, venture capital and private equity experts has been established to boost returns for savers and support economic growth by encouraging funds to invest in fast-growing businesses, the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association said on Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Post-Election UK Pension Changes Could Be In The Fine Print

    Regulatory lawyers are not expecting radical overhaul in pension policies if the government changes after this year's general election. But lawyers say that signals in the opposition Labour Party's policy language could hint at possible shifts in investment priorities for retirement savings.

  • February 13, 2024

    One In Four Retirees 'Not Checking State Pension Forecast'

    Pensioners-to-be should check their state pension pots to avoid a "nasty surprise," a retirement specialist said on Tuesday as it published a survey showing that many opt not to look at their forecast before retiring.

  • February 12, 2024

    Proskauer Hires Sidley Austin's Funds Head In London

    Proskauer Rose LLP has brought aboard a new partner with years of experience at the helm of Sidley Austin LLP's investment funds practice, to co-lead its global credit funds and sovereign wealth funds initiatives.

  • February 12, 2024

    Marine Insurer Skuld Cancels Red Sea 'War Risks'

    A Norwegian marine insurance provider issued a cancelation notice for certain war risks on Monday after some of its reinsurers ended their cover for policyholders amid attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea.

  • February 12, 2024

    UK Gov't Pushed To Reform Audit As Delays Cause Delistings

    A governance trade body has urged the government to proceed with abandoned audit reform proposals, claiming the delays have led to companies delisting from the London Stock Exchange.

  • February 12, 2024

    FCA Tells Firms To Bear Brunt Of Policing Financial Crime

    The City watchdog has said that companies must tackle financial crime by giving it better data that could lead to assertive supervision and enforcement action. But lawyers have told Law360 that this would put an even greater cost burden on companies.

  • February 12, 2024

    Pension Reform Key For UK Savings Shortfall, Report Says

    Allowing workers to access some of their pension pots before retirement as well as increasing savings contributions could support scores of Britons who do not have enough saved for immediate challenges or for later life, a think tank said Monday.

  • February 12, 2024

    Reporting Rules For Russia Sanctions Get UK Update

    Businesses in Britain have to tell the country's authorities whether they are holding any cash or other assets for Russian financial and state institutions under new rules announced Monday.

  • February 09, 2024

    Insurer Liable For Exploiting Business Before Merger

    A motor industry insurer exploited an opportunity to provide warranties to a car dealership at the expense of the warranty provider that made the introduction during ill-fated merger talks, a London court ruled Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    Court Says 'Catastrophe' Applies In COVID Reinsurance Cases

    A London court has allowed insurers to make claims under reinsurance contracts for business interruption losses claimed during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the outbreak of an infectious disease constitutes a "catastrophe" under the policy wording.

  • February 09, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a Saudi Arabian property investor file legal action against RLS Solicitors, Aspire Pharma and Bayer Intellectual Property tackle a patent dispute, the owners of soccer club West Ham United FC raise a red card against E20 Stadium LLP with a commercial fraud action, and accountants BDO file another commercial claim against the managing directors of KGJ Insurance Services. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Gov't Audit Backlog Plan Gets Watchdog Support

    The government has floated plans that would mandate local government bodies to publish audit accounts by a statutory deadline in a bid to clear a "concerning backlog" that Britain's accounting watchdog says undermines the sector.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Insurers Agree To Pause Sales Of Asset Protection Cover

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Friday that eight out of 10 providers of guaranteed asset protection insurance have stopped selling the product, after the watchdog warned that customers may be getting ripped off.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Regulators Need 'Growth Mindset' Lloyd's Boss Says

    Financial watchdogs needed to change their mindset on international competitiveness in order to align with the U.K. government's plans for economic growth, the chair of Lloyd's of London said.

  • February 09, 2024

    Woodford Investors Get Court OK For £230M Redress Deal

    Investors in Neil Woodford's failed £3.7 billion ($4.6 billion) fund will get payment under a £230 million settlement scheme backed by the financial watchdog after the High Court signed off on the arrangement in a judgment published on Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Pensions Watchdog Faces New Wave Of Walkouts

    Workers at the U.K. pensions watchdog are planning another 12-day walkout after negotiations over pay demands failed, their union has said, marking their second strike action of 2024.

  • February 09, 2024

    FCA Sets Out Crime-Fighting Priorities For Finance Firms

    The finance watchdog has set out four priorities in its fight against financial crime as it emphasizes the damage caused by offenses such as money laundering, evading sanctions and terrorist financing.

Expert Analysis

  • Recent Trends In European ESG-Related Shareholder Activism

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    New ESG reporting standards in the European Union, as well as recent climate change, board diversity and human rights cases, illustrate how shareholder activism may become more prominent in years to come as regulation and investor engagement continues to strengthen, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • How Insurance Policies Can Cover Generative AI Risks

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    As concerns rise about the new risks that businesses face as a result of generative artificial intelligence tools, such as AI-facilitated hacking and intellectual property infringement, policyholders should look to existing insurance policies to cover losses or damages, says Josianne El Antoury at Covington.

  • Breaking Down The UK's Draft Updates To Prospectus Regime

    While there still may be changes, the U.K.'s near-final draft statutory instrument to update and in some parts replace the current on-shored EU prospectus regime is likely to represent a significant overhaul of the existing regime and may make U.K. capital markets a more attractive venue for listings for issuers, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • 4 Compliance Considerations Under FCA Consumer Duty

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    Following the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority's recent introduction of the new consumer duty regime, firms will need to be mindful of data protection implications when managing their compliance with the duty and data protection legislation, say lawyers at Bird & Bird.

  • Swiss Privacy Law Reforms Present Divergences From GDPR

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    The differences between Switzerland’s recently reformed Federal Act on Data Protection and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, particularly around data breach reporting and the liability of company officers, will need to be carefully managed by multinationals that may have competing obligations under different laws, say Kim Roberts and Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel at King & Spalding.

  • Opinion

    Russia Ruling Should Lead UK To Review Sanctions Policy

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    The High Court's recent dismissal of the first-ever court challenge to Russian sanctions in Shvidler v. Secretary of State sets a demanding standard for overturning designation decisions, highlighting the need for an independent review of the Russia sanctions regime, says Helen Taylor at Spotlight on Corruption.

  • Pension Plan Amendment Power Lessons From BBC Ruling

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    The High Court's recent ruling in BBC v. BBC Pension Trust upheld an unusually restrictive fetter on the pension scheme's amendment power, which highlights how fetters can vary in degrees of protection and the importance of carefully considering any restriction, says Maxwell Ballad at Freeths.

  • UK Securitization Reform Opts For Modest Approach, For Now

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    Recently published consultation papers from the U.K. Prudential Regulation and Financial Conduct Authorities on new securitization rules mainly restate retained EU law, but there are some targeted adjustments being proposed and further divergence is to be expected, say Alix Prentice and Assia Damianova at Cadwalader.

  • FCA Consumer Duty May Pose Enforcement Challenges

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    The new U.K. Financial Conduct Authority consumer duty sets higher standards of customer protection and transparency for financial services firms, but given the myriad products available across the sector, policing the regulations is going to be a challenging task, says Alessio Ianiello at Keller Postman.

  • How The OECD Global Tax Proposal Could Affect M&A

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    Following agreement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Pillar Two proposal to introduce a global minimum tax, domestic implementation is expected to have a significant impact on international M&A transactions, with financial modeling, deal structuring, risk allocation and joint venture arrangements likely to be affected, say lawyers at Freshfields.

  • What Trustees Must Know About Virgin Media Pension Case

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    The High Court's recent decision in Virgin Media v. NTL Trustees could have significant consequences for salary-related contracted-out schemes, making it necessary for trustees to start examining any deeds of amendment during the affected time period, says James Newcome at Wedlake Bell.

  • Trustees Should Take Caution After UK Pension Tap Plan

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    The U.K. government's recent plan to boost technology startups by tapping into pension sector funds may risk the hard-earned savings of members, so trustees need to be mindful of the proposals in light of their fiduciary duties, say Beth Brown and Riccardo Bruno at Arc Pensions.

  • Factors Driving Increased Litigation Against European Cos.

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    European government regulation and enforcement, economic inflation and litigation funding are driving an increase in litigation, especially class actions, against corporations in Europe, a trend that seems to be here to stay, says Henning Schaloske at Clyde & Co.

  • Pension Trustee Case Could Lead To Fossil Fuels Divestment

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    While the recent Court of Appeal case McGaughey v. Universities Superannuation Scheme attempts to link fossil fuel investment by trustees to significant risk of financial detriment, it is concerning that two out of 470,000 scheme members could be permitted to bring a claim without ensuring that other members are represented, says Anna Metadjer at Kingsley Napley.

  • What TPR's Guidance On DEI Means For Pensions Industry

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    The Pension Regulator is one of the first regulators to issue guidance on equality, diversity and inclusion, and employers and trustees should incorporate its advice by developing policies and monitoring progress to ensure that improvements are made regularly, say lawyers at Linklaters.

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