Insurance UK

  • April 26, 2024

    FCA Defends Naming Firms Under Investigation

    The Financial Conduct Authority on Friday defended its proposed naming of companies under investigation in a letter to a House of Lords committee.

  • April 26, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen budget airline Ryanair file a claim against NATS PLC after the air traffic controller's system collapsed, Mastercard and Visa Europe face group claims from Christian Dior and dozens of other beauty retailers, an intellectual property clash between the publisher of The Sun and ITV, and ISC Europe sue a former director for alleged money laundering. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 26, 2024

    Law Firm Racine Advises On €26M Sale Of Healthcare Unit

    Wilmington PLC said Friday it has offloaded its healthcare business APM for €26 million ($28 million) to Philia Medical Editions SAS, which was advised by French law firm Racine.

  • April 26, 2024

    PI Lawyer Rebuked Over Rejected Settlement Offers

    A personal injury lawyer has been rebuked after he misled opposing solicitors into thinking that his client had rejected two offers to settle a legal claim, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday.

  • April 25, 2024

    Higher Greek Limit For Fire Claim No Reason To Stay UK Case

    A London court refused Thursday to let the owner of a boat that sank in a Corfu marina pause English proceedings over liability for the accident in favor of pursuing the matter in Greece, where the payout cap would be higher.

  • April 25, 2024

    UN Insurance Climate Group Relaunched After Backlash

    An alliance of global insurers formed to accelerate the sector's move to a carbon-neutral economy was replaced on Thursday by a group encompassing less stringent requirements, after attempts to establish shared climate efforts prompted legal and regulatory backlash last year.

  • May 02, 2024

    RPC Hires 4-Lawyer Risks Team From Mayer Brown

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has boosted its professional liability disputes and regulatory offering with the hire of four specialists from Mayer Brown LLP to its office in London.

  • April 25, 2024

    Firms Urge Delays To 'Unclear' FCA Greenwashing Guidance

    Financial companies are urging the City watchdog to slow its anti-greenwashing rule that comes in force in May as legal experts warn that it has failed to clarify all its expectations in final guidance, putting businesses that make the wrong call at risk of enforcement action.

  • April 25, 2024

    Watchdog Urges Caution On New Types Of Pension Schemes

    The Pensions Regulator called on Thursday for a pause in the development of new types of retirement savings plans as it weighs whether they offer members sufficient levels of protection.

  • April 25, 2024

    UK Insurers To Curb Premium Finance 'Tax On Poor'

    Insurers said Thursday that they will take steps to reduce the additional expense incurred on policyholders which rely on finance arrangements to pay annual premiums.

  • April 24, 2024

    Klarna Trims Down Basque Bank's European Logo TM

    Buy-now, pay-later giant Klarna has won its fight to restrict trademark registration for a Spanish bank's logo, blocking protection in a myriad of categories ranging from laundry detergent to musical instruments.

  • April 24, 2024

    Regulator Says Half Of Retirement Plans Ready For Buyout

    Half of the 5,000-plus defined benefit pension schemes in Britain are expected to have exceeded their estimated buyout funding levels, the Pensions Regulator said Wednesday, giving trustees and employers a chance to reassess their long-term objectives.

  • April 24, 2024

    Network Rail Rejected Pension Expert Due To Age Bias

    An employment tribunal has ruled that Network Rail discriminated against an applicant to the pensions team because he was in his mid-50s, saying that the manager processing submissions barely glanced at his curriculum vitae.

  • April 24, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Guides Canada Life's £46M Lexmark Deal

    Insurer Canada Life has agreed to a £46 million ($57 million) buy-in with the pension scheme of printing business Lexmark Holdings Inc. in a transaction guided by Osborne Clarke LLP.

  • April 24, 2024

    PRA Asks Banks To Review Private Equity Exposure

    The Prudential Regulation Authority asked banks to review and assess their current practices to ensure they align with the regulator's expectations for effective risk management concerning private equity-linked credit and counterparty exposures.

  • April 24, 2024

    AXA, Zurich Deny Liability In £26M Bakery Fire Claim

    A group of six insurers has denied that it unlawfully refused to pay out at least £26 million ($32 million) to cover damage and losses caused by a blaze at a bakery, saying the food business did not comply sufficiently with fire procedures to justify a payout.

  • April 23, 2024

    Tax Experts Want Cut To Healthcare Insurance Levy

    Tax experts on Tuesday urged the U.K. government to partially suspend a levy on healthcare insurance products, after it revealed record premium tax revenue of £8.1 billion ($10.1 billion) last year.

  • April 23, 2024

    UK Rules Sri Lanka Ship Insurance Row Must Be In London

    A U.K. judge ruled Tuesday that a Sri Lankan shipping company cannot sue a London-based insurer in its home country over liability for a sunken container ship because the insurance contract is governed by English law.

  • April 23, 2024

    COVID-19 Has Disrupted Pension Life Expectancy Models

    Pension schemes have faced significant disruption to the way they calculate life-expectancy of their members as a result of the pandemic, a consultancy warned Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    FCA Clarifies Greenwashing Rule, Extends ESG regime

    The Financial Conduct Authority has published clarifying final guidance on its anti-greenwashing rule for all regulated firms, saying on Tuesday that it will also extend its broader sustainability regime to include portfolio managers.

  • April 23, 2024

    15 Pension Mega-Deals Forecast In Coming Months

    The U.K. pension deals market is set for another record year, with around 15 mega transactions worth up to £30 billion ($37 billion) expected to go ahead in the next few months, a retirement savings consultancy said Tuesday.

  • April 22, 2024

    Trader Behind £1.4B Tax Fraud Thought Trades Were Valid

    A British trader accused of being the mastermind of a fraudulent trading scheme that cost Denmark's tax authority £1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) genuinely believed that the trades worked, his lawyer told a London court on Monday.

  • April 22, 2024

    Complaints Of Closed Bank Accounts To Ombudsman Surge

    Customer complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service about closure of or refusal to open bank accounts have risen sharply in the last year, particularly from businesses, according to figures recently released by a select group of members of Parliament.

  • April 22, 2024

    Aviva Paid Over £413M In Group Protection Claims In 2023

    Aviva paid out more than £413.7 million ($509.6 million) in group protection claims to employees and their dependents in 2023, up from £373.9 million in 2022, according to a company report published Monday.

  • April 22, 2024

    FCA To Consider Big Tech Data-Sharing With Finance Firms

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday it will examine how Big Tech's access to data could be valuable to firms in the finance sector if it reveals consumers' preferences, and will consider setting out incentives to encourage information-sharing.

Expert Analysis

  • Warranty & Indemnity Insurance Considerations For M&A

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    With increased competition and greater capacity leading to lower premiums and deal costs, warranty and indemnity insurance is now available to the wider M&A market, and may help to limit risk and help parties focus on other key elements of the transaction, says Alice Wooler at Birketts.

  • 4 Exercises To Quickly Build Trust On Legal Teams

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    High-performance legal teams can intentionally build trust through a rigorous approach, including open-ended conversations and personality assessments, to help attorneys bond fast, even if they are new to the firm or group, says Ben Sachs at the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • Lessons To Be Learned From Twitter's Latest Hacking Scandal

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    Following the report of a recent data breach at Twitter, it is clearly vital for companies to adhere to best practices in data protection and IT security arrangements, including technical measures, and proper processes and procedures that mitigate risk and provide adequate training for staff, says Simon Ridding at Keller Postman.

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • Has The Liberalization Of Legal Services Achieved Its Aims?

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    Although there is still some way to go, alternative business structures are now an increasingly prominent feature of the legal services landscape, and clients can expect greater choice, improved quality and more manageable costs, as was intended by this shake-up of the profession's regulatory frameworks 15 years ago, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • 5 Gen X Characteristics That Can Boost Legal Leadership

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    As Generation X attorneys rise to fill top roles in law firms and corporations left by retiring baby boomers, they should embrace generational characteristics that will allow them to become better legal leaders, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • ECJ Beneficial Owners Ruling Leaves Uncertainty In Its Wake

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in the WM and Sovim cases, holding that making information on a register of beneficial owners publicly available interferes with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, has been criticized as a step backward in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism, and its impact is not yet clear, say Michael Marschall and Verena Krikler at Schoenherr.

  • What Slovak Labor Code Changes Will Mean For Employers

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    With newly effective amendments to the Slovak Labor Code strengthening employees’ rights in a number of ways, the default mindset of the employee being the weaker party may no longer be the right approach, says Katarina Pfeffer at Bird & Bird.

  • An ICO Reminder On Managing Subject Access Requests

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    Although the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office’s recent seven reprimands regarding mismanagement of data subject access requests are unusual, it is worth organizations considering what resources and training may be available to ensure these are properly managed in the future, says Ross McKenzie at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Opinion

    Increasing Law Firm Polarization Will Degrade Rule Of Law

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    As evidenced in recent instances of law firms separating from attorneys who represented certain industries or espoused certain views, firms and the legal practice itself have grown troublingly polarized and intolerant of dissent, says Rebecca Roiphe at New York Law School.

  • The FTX Fallout So Far And What May Come Next

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    While the downfall of FTX is likely to cause substantial losses and lead to extensive litigation, it will hopefully precipitate a renewed focus on regulating the crypto market in a responsible way that gives more protection to consumers, says Dan Wyatt at RPC.

  • Hard Insurance Market Will Influence Legal Industry, Economy

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    As the cost of claims starts to outstrip the value of premiums, insurers are denying more claims and considering scaling back coverage, leading to an influx of legal work and potential holes in the market, says Bruce Hepburn at Mactavish.

  • Digital Nomads: Key Considerations For Global Businesses

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    As employers and employees embrace remote, location-independent work arrangements enabled by technology, they must be mindful of the employment law and tax consequences such arrangements may trigger, say Hannah Wilkins and Audrey Elliott at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • New License Eases Sanctioned Clients' Legal Fee Payments

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    The general license recently issued by the U.K. Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation permitting the payment of legal fees owed by a sanctioned company or individual will potentially reduce the agency's backlog and is welcome news for both lawyers and OFSI staff, say Zulfi Meerza and Syed Rahman at Rahman Ravelli.

  • Preparation Is Key To Businesses Minimizing Cyber Breaches

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    A recently published report by the U.K. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on organizational experiences of cybersecurity breaches highlights the importance of having breach response policies in place and being able to demonstrate that reasonable preventive and risk management steps were taken, says Lawson Caisley at White & Case.

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