Insurance UK

  • May 29, 2024

    Turkish Cos. Say Ship Owner Failed To Keep Vessel Seaworthy

    Two Turkish companies have hit back at a freighter owner's claim for compensation over an engine room fire that caused the ship to drift toward the Yemeni coast, arguing in London court filings that it was caused by negligence.

  • May 29, 2024

    EU Unveils Office To Police New Artificial Intelligence Law

    The European Union's executive arm on Wednesday unveiled details of its new AI Office to police compliance with the newly launched Artificial Intelligence Act across member states, including financial services.

  • May 29, 2024

    HSF Guides £204M Pension Deal For Telcoms Biz Arqiva

    Pension Insurance Corporation PLC said Wednesday it has completed a £204 million ($259.8 million) full buy-in of a retirement savings plan sponsored by telecommunications company Arqiva Ltd., in a deal guided by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    Clifford Chance Guides L&G's £20M Nortel Pension Buyout

    The U.K. pension liabilities of defunct Canadian telecom company Nortel Networks Corp., worth £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion), have now been offloaded fully to Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd., the insurer said Tuesday, after a final transaction steered by Travers Smith LLP, Pinsent Masons LLP, Hogan Lovells and Clifford Chance LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    FCA Warns Firms To Prepare Better For Disrupted Operations

    The Financial Conduct Authority has warned businesses that some are taking the wrong approach to maintaining operation of important services during a crisis, such as after a cyberattack.

  • May 29, 2024

    Three EU Countries Urge Tax Reform To Boost Investment

    Three smaller European Union countries, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia, are backing tax reforms in the 27-country bloc to support investment in capital markets, including exemptions from capital gains tax for long-term retail investment products, according to a joint declaration.

  • May 29, 2024

    Pensions Provider Sells Biz Before Entering Administration

    A provider of self-invested personal pensions has sold its retirement savings business before it entered administration when its directors expressed concerns over its financial liabilities caused by some of the investments it had allowed.

  • May 28, 2024

    Insurers, Charter School Assoc. Dismiss Ida Damage Row

    A New Orleans-area charter school system and its insurers have agreed to dismiss their dispute over coverage for the system's Hurricane Ida damage claims, the parties told a Louisiana federal court Tuesday, saying "all claims and causes of action brought forth in the above captioned matter have been compromised."

  • May 28, 2024

    Major Insurers Face £472M Claim For Russia-Stranded Planes

    An aircraft lessor has brought a £472 million ($604 million) claim against dozens of major insurers over planes stranded since the invasion of Ukraine, following a landmark London court ruling that blocked attempts to move similar cases to Russia.

  • May 28, 2024

    Labour Party Rules Out Any Additional Tax Rises

    The Labour Party on Tuesday ruled out introducing any more tax rises in addition to measures it has already announced in the event it wins the July 4 general election.

  • May 28, 2024

    Labour Derides 'Gimmick' Tory £2.4B State Pension Extension

    The U.K.'s Labour Party said Tuesday it would maintain the state pension "triple lock" if it won the forthcoming general election, but stopped short of lifting income tax thresholds for the elderly.

  • May 28, 2024

    Aviva Completes £130M Pension Deal With Telereal

     A property investment company has offloaded £130 million ($166 million) of its pension liabilities to Aviva PLC, the insurer said Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    EU Investment Firms Told To Upgrade Marketing Reports

    The European Union's financial markets regulator has said that investment firms should improve their marketing disclosures to investors, calling on national watchdogs to act against rule-breakers.

  • May 28, 2024

    Pension Deals Market Working For Small Providers, Aon Says

    The deal market for small pension schemes looking to offload their liabilities to insurers is working despite fears that such plans are being crowded out of the market, Aon said Tuesday.

  • May 24, 2024

    The UK Laws That Will Pass Or Fail As Election Looms

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to call an early general election to be held on July 4 has left several pieces of legislation hanging in the balance during the so-called "wash-up" period before Parliament is formally dissolved, while others have been pushed through. 

  • May 24, 2024

    Labour Gov't Could Force Big Tech Into Fraud Repayments

    A potential new Labour government means a turning point in tackling financial fraud if it should force big tech companies like Meta and Google to join banks in having to reimburse customers duped into sending fraudsters money, according to lawyers.

  • May 24, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 24, 2024

    FCA Allows GAP Insurance Sales To Resume

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday it has allowed several insurers to resume the sale of guaranteed asset protection insurance, months after putting a restriction on sales to rectify problems with the design of the product.

  • May 24, 2024

    Snap July 4 Election Leaves Pension Reform In Disarray

    The government's decision to call a snap general election for July 4 has left the U.K.'s pension sector in limbo, experts say, with uncertainty over whether the next administration will continue with an ambitious reform program.

  • May 24, 2024

    Law Firm Partner Says Sorry For Expert Witness Interference

    A Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP partner has apologized to a London court for overstepping in his interference with an expert witness' statement amid his client's feud with AXA XL.

  • May 24, 2024

    Generali Italia Denies Owing £1M To Exec With Eye Disease

    Italy's largest insurance company has denied that it owes more than £1 million ($1.2 million) in incapacity benefits and damages to a Quest Software sales director suffering from a degenerative eye disease after rejecting his claim.

  • May 24, 2024

    FCA Bans Two Advisers Accused Of Misleading Clients

    The Financial Conduct Authority has banned two advisers from working in financial services for "recklessly" exposing pension holders to high-risk investments, the regulator said Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    Travelers Insurance Sued Over Fire-Damaged Warehouse

    A U.K.-based building operator is suing its insurer for breach of contract for refusing to pay out on its multimillion-pound policy after fires destroyed its Scottish warehouse because the company allegedly fell short of security requirements and other policy provisions.

  • May 24, 2024

    No Easy Fix For Pensions Marketing Rules, Minister Warns

    The government has said that there is no straightforward way to fix a quirk of privacy rules that discourages pension providers from sending emails to retirement savers.

  • May 24, 2024

    Ex-Aviva Staffer's Tribunal Outbursts Not A Bar To Fair Trial

    Aviva must face a former employee's discrimination claim even though her actions during hearings — including accusations of institutional racism in employment cases — is likely to prevent the trial being fair, a tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • FCA Consumer Duty Shows Shift In Retail Financial Services

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s newly published guidance on consumer duty sets higher expectations of the standard of care that financial firms give retail customers, meaning boards and senior management should expect to be held accountable for embedding a culture in which consumers' needs come first, say Claire Carroll and Sumitra Subramanian at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Pandemic Rent Ruling Is A Blow To Commercial Tenants

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in London Trocadero v. Picturehouse demonstrates that even exceptional COVID-19-related circumstances will not induce courts to interfere with a previously considered allocation of risk between parties or imply terms in a contract, says Gurpreet Sanghera at Simkins.

  • Building Inspector Insurance And Its New Relaxed Rules

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    The U.K. government recently opened up the market for approved building inspector insurance in the aftermath of the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy, but it does not appear to have considered the impact this may have on homeowners and developers, say Alan Stone and Jonathan Carrington at RPC.

  • New Corporate Insolvency Data Reveals Unexpected Results

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    For a variety of reasons there has been a slower than anticipated increase in U.K. corporate insolvency figures in recent months, although there may be a time lag between economic difficulties and sentiment among investors, lenders and business owners, and it is likely that numbers will rise in the autumn, says Jeremy Whiteson at Fladgate.

  • How The Latest Trends In Litigation Funding Are Developing

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    With investors looking for alternative assets that can achieve returns and claimants likely to be cash poor in the current economic downturn, the signs are that the litigation funding market is not only here to stay, but is set to expand, says Simon Thomas at Baker & Partners.

  • Pros And Cons Of Regulating Finance Sector's Third Parties

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    Recent proposals by the U.K. Treasury could lead to regulation of those designated as critical third parties in finance, and legislation will be needed to ensure technology suppliers are not deterred from participating in the financial services markets, say attorneys at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • UK Online Safety Bill Delayed, But Firms Should Still Prepare

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    Despite delays and content providers' concerns regarding the impact on their profitability, it appears certain that the Online Safety Bill will be enacted in one form or another, mirroring proposals in the EU and U.S., so tech firms must prepare for a new regulatory framework that will require them to tackle illegal and harmful content on their services, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • A Look At The Solvency II Insurance Sector Proposed Reforms

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    It is hoped that the proposed reforms of Solvency II will not only ensure policyholder protection and a successful insurance industry, but that released capital will be invested in long-term infrastructure and green projects, yet there are questions and even concerns surrounding potential changes and what their impact might be, says Dónal Clark at Kennedys.

  • 4 Ways M&A Deals Are Changing

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    There are signs that the market may be cooling, but recent trends in M&A transactions reflect more than just market strength and indicate that there has been a more general change in deal approach, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • The Digital Markets Act: Key Implementation Issues To Watch

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    The success of the Digital Markets Act, intended to regulate online services and protect consumers in the digital economy, and the most significant addition to the European Commission's regulatory toolbox in decades, will depend on how it is implemented by the commission, would-be gatekeepers, other market participants and national regulators, say attorneys at Linklaters.

  • New FCA Listing Rules May Start Regulatory Shift On Diversity

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    Listed companies that fail to meet new Financial Conduct Authority rules for minimum executive board diversity currently risk reputational damage mainly through social scrutiny, but should prepare for potential regulatory enforcement actions, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Examining UK Commission's Corporate Crime Reform Ideas

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    The Law Commission of England and Wales' recent recommendation of changes to corporate criminal law is a pragmatic attempt to address the practical shortcomings with the existing identification doctrine, and is likely to be welcomed by both companies and the agencies that would be enforcing it, say Alun Milford and Matthew Burn at Kingsley Napley.

  • FCA Review Offers 'Challenger Banks' Advice On Crime Risks

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    Challenger banks should take heed of concerns arising from the Financial Conduct Authority's review of their crime control practices, and thus prove to insurers that they have taken adequate measures to improve their risk profile, say James Wickes and Amber Oldershaw at RPC.

  • New Anti-Modern Slavery Bill Unlikely To Accomplish Goals

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    A new bill has been introduced to increase the accountability of organizations to tackle modern slavery, but without requiring the establishment of a corporate strategy and imposing sanctions for noncompliance, the U.K.'s response to modern slavery in general is unlikely to meaningfully improve, says Alice Lepeuple at WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    FCA Proposal Fails British Steel Pension Scandal Victims

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s proposed redress scheme for victims of the British Steel pension misselling scandal fails to ensure those affected are compensated in full, and with many advisory firms being forced into insolvency, looks set to create further problems rather than resolve them, say Ben Rees and Alessio Ianiello at Keller Lenkner.

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