Insurance UK

  • July 15, 2024

    Labour Gov't Urged To Consult On Green Finance Rules

    A trade body for financial institutions has urged the Labour government to consult before imposing extra rules on firms' plans to transition to the green economy to avoid liability risks.

  • July 15, 2024

    Retail Complaints To EU Cross-Border Investment Firms Soar

    The number of complaints from retail clients against investment firms operating across borders within the European Union and its economic area soared to 7,507 in 2023, a 31% increase from the 5,733 complaints recorded the previous year, according to a report on Monday by the bloc's markets watchdog.

  • July 15, 2024

    BoE's Regulator Prepares Insurers For 2025 Stress Tests

    The Bank of England's regulatory arm said Monday that 80% of the country's regulated insurance sector will be covered by the first financial stress test in 2025 after reforms to solvency capital rules were introduced.

  • July 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the owner of the Lambretta scooter brand Innocenti SA embroiled in a trademark dispute with a property developer, a clash between two art dealers over a collection of tapestries, Telecom Italia pursue a debt claim against a competing telecommunications company, and performing arts trade union Equity hit a casting directory for charging unfair subscription fees on actors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 12, 2024

    NFU Mutual Sued For £10.5M Over COVID Business Losses

    A group of hospitality and farming businesses have sued the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Ltd. for around £10.5 million ($13.6 million) to cover losses the companies allegedly suffered from closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • July 12, 2024

    Asset Manager Impax Completes Financial Adviser Buyout

    Impax said on Friday that it has now completed the purchase of the assets of fixed-income manager Absalon Corp. Credit, as the private equity firm which focuses on renewable energy looks to expand its business beyond the U.S.

  • July 12, 2024

    Fix AML Defenses Or Face Fines, German Banking Group Told

    Germany's financial watchdog warned the Solaris SE digital banking group on Friday that it faces regulatory penalties if it does not shore up its defenses against money laundering.

  • July 12, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Set Up Comp Program For Pension Failings

    Women who lost out after the government failed to tell them that their retirement age had changed have called for the "swift implementation" of a compensation program by the new pensions minister.

  • July 11, 2024

    Labour Urged To Represent All Generations In Policy Planning

    The new Labour government must ensure that its policy agenda reflects the needs of all generations, pensions provider Aegon said on Thursday, saying its research suggests that under-50s are more positive about their long-term financial planning than those who are older.

  • July 11, 2024

    New Pensions Minister Warned Against 'Hasty Decisions'

    The new pensions minister, Emma Reynolds, should not rush into major policy changes after she inherited a bulging in-tray from her predecessor, a trade body said on Thursday.

  • July 11, 2024

    Gowling Builds £35M Pension Deal For Civil Engineers

    A trade body for engineers has handed £35 million ($45 million) of its pensions liabilities to insurer Aviva PLC, advisers have said, in a buy-in transaction designed to cut risk that was guided by Gowling WLG.

  • July 11, 2024

    ABI, Insurtech Trade Group Agree To Cooperate On Innovation

    The Association of British Insurers has said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with a trade group for insurance technology companies to support and promote innovation on artificial intelligence, open finance, data ethics and operational resilience.

  • July 11, 2024

    FCA Overhauls Share Listing Rules To Boost LSE

    The Financial Conduct Authority unveiled a "significant" revamp of its share listings regime on Thursday, a move to help the London Stock Exchange provide corporate financing and stay competitive with other global financial centers. 

  • July 10, 2024

    BoE Sets Out Life Insurance Stress Test Plan

    The Bank of England's regulatory arm on Wednesday said its planned stress test next year of life insurers in the bulk purchase annuity market will capture "both current and emerging" risks in the growing and active sector.

  • July 10, 2024

    FCA Beats Applicant's Claim Over Noise Aversion Condition

    The Financial Conduct Authority did not fail to accommodate a job applicant with a sound sensitivity condition, an employment tribunal has ruled after finding the agency did everything it could to mitigate her condition.

  • July 10, 2024

    Kirkland Guides Canada Pension Plan on €550M Tech Stake

    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said Wednesday that it has invested €550 million ($595 million) for a stake in European technology company Team Blue in a deal steered by Linklaters, Macfarlanes and Kirkland & Ellis.

  • July 10, 2024

    Gov't Appoints Minister For Both Treasury And DWP

    The new Labour government has appointed a minister spanning HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions, a move that analysts said could indicate a more joined-up approach to pensions policy.

  • July 10, 2024

    Aviva Completes £249M Deal, Returns To Lloyd's

    Aviva PLC said on Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition for £249 million ($319 million) of insurance group Probitas, including its Lloyd's of London platform, which marks its return into the specialist market after more than two decades.

  • July 10, 2024

    Hellenic Bank To Buy French Insurer's Greek Biz For €182M

    Hellenic Bank of Cyprus said Wednesday that it will buy the Cypriot and Greek insurance operations of French insurer CNP Assurances for €182 million ($197 million) to strengthen its insurance services.

  • July 09, 2024

    Global Standard Setter Guides Firms On Third-Party Risk

    A global banking standard setter on Tuesday proposed new principles to guide banks and regulators on how to manage and supervise risks from services increasingly outsourced to external organizations due to technology growth.

  • July 09, 2024

    Pensions Bill Unlikely In King's Speech, Aegon Says

    Sweeping pension reform is unlikely to be included in the first King's Speech under Keir Starmer's newly elected government, pensions provider Aegon said Tuesday as it predicted that existing changes in retirement savings policy might take center stage.

  • July 09, 2024

    FCA To Require Criminal Record Checks On New Firm Owners

    The Financial Conduct Authority has proposed to require owners and controllers of financial firms applying for authorization to obtain criminal background checks.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Pensions Minister Timms Returns To DWP In New Gov't

    Former pensions minister Stephen Timms has returned to the Department for Work and Pensions in the new Labour government, the ministry has said. 

  • July 09, 2024

    BBC Rebuffed In Effort To Cut Costs Of £20B Pension Scheme

    An attempt by the British Broadcasting Corp. to reduce benefits for employees enrolled in its £19.8 billion ($25.4 billion) pension scheme has been rebuffed as the Court of Appeal ruled in favor of members on Tuesday.

  • July 08, 2024

    Audit Watchdog Creates New Monitoring, Digital Functions

    Britain's accounting watchdog said Monday it will create two new market functions to support enforcement and supervision as well as digital reporting, driving U.K. growth as part of its response to earlier government-led criticisms.

Expert Analysis

  • Acquisition Of AI Tech Poses Challenges For Media Industry

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    The artificial intelligence regulatory landscape is changing quickly, and media and entertainment companies planning to acquire AI technology through a merger, acquisition or licensing deal should be mindful of potential new compliance requirements and AI-specific insurance products, say lawyers at Covington.

  • 3 Financial Services Hot Topics To Watch In 2024

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    Technology, ESG and private markets are set to have the greatest impact on financial markets in 2024, as firms grapple with increasing regulatory change and a shifting political backdrop on both sides of the Atlantic, says Matthew Allen at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Misleading Airline Ads Offer Lessons To Avoid Greenwashing

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    Following the Advertising Standards Authority's recent decision that three airlines' adverts misled customers about their environmental impact, companies should ensure that their green claims comply with legal standards to avoid risking reputational damage, which could have financial repercussions, say Elaina Bailes and Olivia Shaw at Stewarts.

  • CMA Guidance Can Help Businesses Act On Climate Change

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    Guidance recently published by the Competition and Markets Authority, which explains how competition law applies to sustainability and climate change agreements, provides clarity for businesses seeking to collaborate and emphasizes the regulator’s open-door policy, says Andrew Maxwell at Freeths.

  • An Overview Of UK Short Selling Regulation Reforms

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    The steps taken by the U.K. government to reform the short selling regime show a thoughtful and considered approach and a willingness to listen to industry feedback in adapting the legacy EU regime to the realities of the U.K. markets, say Anna Maleva-Otto and Matthew Dow at Schulte Roth.

  • Key Points From Ireland's New Accountability Framework

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    The recently introduced Individual Accountability Framework is a positive step for the financial services industry in Ireland, and in contributing to cultural and practical change will encourage positive behavior and good governance for the benefit of the industry and investors, say Aongus McCarthy and Niall Esler at Walkers Global.

  • Pension Industry Should Monitor Evolving ESG Issues In 2024

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    ESG thinking in the pensions industry has substantially evolved from focusing on climate change and net-zero to including nature and social considerations, and formalizing governance processes — illustrating that, in 2024, continually monitoring ESG issues sits squarely within trustee fiduciary duties, says Liz Ramsaran at DWF.

  • Looking Ahead At AI Regulation In The EU And UK

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    With AI regulation agreed upon in Europe and a U.K. regulatory authority on the horizon, organizations developing AI should consider deploying governance, addressing accountability and establishing internal guardrails to achieve a balanced approach to responsible innovation while managing risk, says Chris Eastham at Fieldfisher.

  • Emerging Trends From A Busy Climate Litigation Year

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    Although many environmental cases brought in the U.K. were unsuccessful in 2023, they arguably clarified several relevant issues, such as climate rights, director and trustee obligations, and the extent to which claimants can hold the government accountable, illustrating what 2024 may have in store for climate litigation, say Simon Bishop and Patrick Kenny at Hausfeld.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • Lessons To Be Learned From 2023's Bank Failures

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    This year’s banking collapses, coupled with interest rate rises, inflation and geopolitical instability have highlighted the need for more robust governance, and banks and regulators have learned that they must adequately monitor and control liquidity risk to protect against another financial crisis, say Juliette Mills and Alix Prentice at Cadwalader.

  • The Top 7 Global ESG Litigation Trends In 2023

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    To date, ESG litigation across the world can largely be divided into seven forms, but these patterns will continue developing, including a rise in cases against private and state actors, a more complex regulatory environment affecting multinational companies, and an increase in nongovernmental organization activity, say Sophie Lamb and Aleksandra Dulska at Latham.

  • PPI Ruling Spells Trouble For Financial Services Firms

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    The Supreme Court's recent decision in Canada Square v. Potter, which found that the claimant's missold payment protection insurance claim was not time-barred, is bad news for affected financial services firms, as there is now certainty over the law on the postponement of limitation periods, rendering hidden commission claims viable, say Ian Skinner and Chris Webber at Squire Patton.

  • DC Ruling Provides Support For Builders Risk Claim Recovery

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    To deny coverage for builders risk claims, insurers have been increasingly relying on two arguments, both of which have been invalidated in the recent U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decision, South Capitol Bridgebuilders v. Lexington, say Greg Podolak and Cheryl Kozdrey at Saxe Doernberger.

  • Navigating The Novel Challenges Facing The Legal Profession

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    The increasing prominence of ESG and AI have transformed the legal landscape and represent new opportunities for lawyers, but with evolving regulations and the ever-expanding reach of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms should ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to adapt to these challenges, say Scott Ashby and Aimee Talbot at RPC.

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