Insurance UK

  • June 10, 2024

    What Tax Experts Hope To See In Labour's Manifesto

    Labour's policy manifesto, expected to be unveiled on Thursday, will be studied by tax lawyers for more detail on the fiscal planning being carried out by the clear favorite to win the general election, including a final word on lifetime pension savings.

  • June 07, 2024

    Former Allianz Unit Exec Admits Role In $6B Fund Fraud

    A former portfolio manager at Allianz SE's U.S. unit told a Manhattan federal judge Friday that he lied to investors about the risks of the German finance giant's now-defunct Structured Alpha Funds, admitting to his role in a $6 billion fraud.

  • June 07, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen British broadcaster GB News hit with a libel claim by climate activist Dale Vince, MGM take aim at an immersive events company over intellectual property rights to the James Bond franchise, and law firms Stephenson Harwood and Bowen-Morris & Partners tackle a contracts claim by investment adviser Yieldstreet. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 07, 2024

    Trio Make First Appearance In FCA's £8M Pension Fraud Case

    Three consultants made their first court appearance on fraud charges in London on Friday to face allegations by the Financial Conduct Authority over an investment scheme in which victims lost £8 million ($10.1 million) of their pension savings.

  • June 07, 2024

    Financial Adviser Gets 8 Years For Legal Funding Fraud

    A London judge sentenced a former financial adviser to eight years in prison on Friday after he was convicted of siphoning £5.8 million ($7.4 million) in secret commission payments from an investment fund in a legal financing fraud.

  • June 07, 2024

    'Squeezed Middle' Pension Schemes Urged To Be Flexible

    Defined benefit pension schemes with assets between £10 million ($12.7 million) and £250 million are the new "squeezed middle" in the retirement savings market, Hymans Robertson has said, encouraging those plans to remain flexible amid the challenges they face.

  • June 07, 2024

    30% Of UK Workers Unsure How To Access Pensions

    An estimated 30% of British workers are unsure about their retirement options and worry about how to access their savings, according to a study published by TPT Retirement Solutions Ltd.

  • June 07, 2024

    Swiss Finance Watchdog Issues New Cyber Warnings

    Switzerland's financial markets regulator issued new guidance for all regulated firms on Friday, telling them how to manage cyber risks after finding that many are failing to take the right steps to prevent attacks, including those against the service providers they use.

  • June 06, 2024

    La. Commercial Property Co. Settles Storm Insurance Dispute

    A Louisiana federal judge has dismissed a commercial property owner's coverage fight over windstorm damage after the company settled in arbitration with a group of 10 insurers.

  • June 06, 2024

    Broker Jailed For £46K Bouncy Castle Insurance Fraud

    A former insurance broker has been jailed for two years after pocketing more than £46,000 ($58,900) by editing another company's contract documents to increase the cost of the insurance premiums paid by his clients, City of London Police said Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    5 Questions For Linklaters Partner Guillaume Couneson

    Since European Union law negotiators gave final approval in May to the first worldwide rules on artificial intelligence, the pressure on global banks and insurers to prepare to comply has started. Here, Guillaume Couneson, a partner at Linklaters, tells Law360 that regulators are likely to focus initially on low-hanging fruit breaches.

  • June 06, 2024

    Pension Funding Levels 'Stable' Ahead Of Looming Election

    The political party that wins the July 4 general election will is likely to operate within an environment of stable funding for retirement savings plans, a consultancy said Thursday, as it highlighted the "relatively" consistent levels of funding in the past year.

  • June 06, 2024

    Stranded Plane Claims Belong In Ukraine, UK Judge Says

    A London judge ruled Thursday that a legal battle between insurers and aircraft lessors over planes that have been stranded in Ukraine after Russia's 2022 invasion should be heard in Ukraine rather than England.

  • June 06, 2024

    Lloyd's To Open Miami Office For Latin American Market

    Lloyd's of London said Thursday that it will open a new office in Miami in September to strengthen its business in Latin America and the Caribbean, which accounted for 4.6% of its 2023 gross written premium of $2.7 billion.

  • June 06, 2024

    ProMarine To Act As Underwriter For Allianz

    Allianz Commercial entered into a new partnership with ProMarine UW Ltd. Thursday, to provide comprehensive insurance for the smaller commercial marine industry of up to £10 million ($12.7 million) across the U.K., Ireland and Europe.

  • June 05, 2024

    Debevoise-Led Ambac Unveils 2 Deals Totaling $702M

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP-led Ambac Financial Group on Wednesday announced two deals totaling $702 million, as the insurance holding company said it agreed to sell its financial guarantee business for $420 million in cash and separately announced that it will purchase a majority stake in Beat Capital Partners for roughly $282 million.

  • June 05, 2024

    Gov't UK ISA Savings Proposal Gets Cold Shoulder

    More financial firms on Wednesday warned that the U.K. government's plans to give consumers a new tax break for investing in U.K. companies was unworkable, adding it could conflict with the Financial Conduct Authority's consumer protection rules.

  • June 05, 2024

    Climate Risk Must Form Part Of Trustee Role

    A quarter of pension scheme trustees want a new interpretation of their fiduciary duties to allow them to consider climate risk because doing so will help tackle the dangers posed by a changing environment, Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    FCA Research Access Plan Is Flawed, EU Finance Body Says

    A group representing European financial firms said Wednesday that the Financial Conduct Authority's proposals to give asset managers more choice in how they obtain and pay for research are too inflexible, failing to make the U.K. more competitive.

  • June 05, 2024

    Labour's Pension Tax Plans Backed By Fiscal Research Body

    An influential economics think tank has backed plans by the Labour Party to reintroduce the lifetime allowance, arguing that there should be a cap on the tax-free accumulation of pensions wealth.

  • June 05, 2024

    EU Financial Watchdogs Team Up With Cybersecurity Agency

    The three financial regulators of the European Union signed an agreement with the EU cybersecurity agency on Wednesday to join forces to protect the pensions, markets and banking sectors in the bloc from cyberattacks and similar risks.

  • June 04, 2024

    Arch Insurance Denies Liability In £8M Hotel Spa Fire Row

    Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd. has denied liability for the £8 million ($10.2 million) claimed by two English hotel companies for a blaze allegedly caused by a roofer covered by the insurer because the business made "false" presentations about its risk.

  • June 04, 2024

    EU Watchdogs Demand Tighter Greenwashing Controls

    The European Union's financial regulators on Tuesday called on national regulators across the bloc to take tougher steps to combat greenwashing, using more resources and stepping up enforcement.

  • June 04, 2024

    Nearly A Third Of Over 55s Dipping Into Pensions Early

    Almost three in 10 retirees over the age of 55 have said they had withdrawn money from their pension before retirement as savers continue to feel squeezed by rising living costs, Just Group said Tuesday.

  • June 04, 2024

    UK Finance Firms 'Triple Clean Energy Investment' To $2.3B

    Britain's financial firms tripled their investments in clean energy projects to $2.3 billion in 2023, up from $800 million the year before, according to a new study published Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • UK Policyholders Can Expect Better COVID Claims Handling

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    The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority recently outlined some best practices for COVID-19 business interruption claims handling, which, along with recent High Court of Justice decisions, will likely lead to faster claims handling and clearer insurer communication, say Gurpreet Sanghera and Charlie Edwards at Simkins.

  • A Recovery Option For Lenders With Planes Stuck In Russia

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    For aircraft lessors considering insurance coverage litigation to recover for losses of equipment leased to Russian airlines, negotiating an assignment of rights may provide a faster pathway to recovery, say David Klein and Jose Lua-Valencia at Pillsbury.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • 4 Key Skills For An Effective Attorney Coaching Conversation

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    As BigLaw firms are increasingly offering internal coaching as one of many talent strategies to stem ongoing lawyer attrition, Stacey Schwartz at Katten discusses how coaches can help attorneys achieve their goals.

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