Insurance UK

  • July 08, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog To Probe Master Trust Investment Plans

    The Pensions Regulator said on Monday that it will be ramping up its focus on the investment strategies of Britian's master trusts to ensure their plans and methods deliver best results for savers.

  • July 08, 2024

    Aegon Begins €200M Share Buyback Program

    Aegon NV began a share repurchase program worth up to €200 million ($220 million) on Monday, a move expected to lower the size of the Dutch pensions and insurance specialist's outstanding share capital.

  • July 08, 2024

    NIG Sued By Asset Manager Over £4M Fire Destruction

    Parker Asset Management Ltd. has sued a subsidiary of U K Insurance Ltd. for allegedly failing to honor an insurance policy after a fire destroyed one of the firm's commercial properties and resulted in a loss of about £4.2 million ($4.5 million).

  • July 08, 2024

    Royal Mail Sets Date For New 'Third Way' Pension Plan

    The operator of Royal Mail said Monday that it will launch a collective defined contribution retirement savings scheme for its workers after a series of laws and regulations cleared the way for the first pension plan of its kind in the U.K.

  • July 08, 2024

    EU Plans To Cut Some Financial Reporting Requirements

    The markets watchdog of the European Union proposed on Monday to combine and reduce regular information reporting requirements from credit ratings agencies, benchmark administrators and market transparency infrastructures.

  • July 05, 2024

    EU Watchdog Sets Out Sustainability Reporting Expectations

    The European Union's financial markets regulator on Friday set out its expectations on new sustainability reporting standards for large companies with shares listed on stock exchanges and their regulators.

  • July 05, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen collapsed sports television company Arena Television hit Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank with a claim, James Vorley, the Deutsche Bank metals trader convicted of fraud, sue his former employer, and journalist John Ware file a defamation claim against Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters and Al Jazeera Media Network. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 05, 2024

    Matrix KC Richard Hermer Tapped For Attorney General

    Matrix Chambers' human rights barrister Richard Hermer KC will serve as the U.K.'s attorney general in a surprise appointment from newly-elected Prime Minister Keir Starmer late Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    Liz Kendall Tapped To Head Labour's DWP Amid Reform Talk

    The new Labour government named Liz Kendall as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on Friday as speculation grew about looming reforms to the U.K. benefits system.

  • July 05, 2024

    Shabana Mahmood Named Labour's New Justice Secretary

    Prime Minister Keir Starmer named former barrister Shabana Mahmood as the Labour government's new justice secretary on Friday following a sweeping victory in the U.K. general election.

  • July 05, 2024

    Starmer Picks Reeves For Treasury To Steer Growth Aims

    Prime Minister Keir Starmer has handed the reins of the U.K.'s fiscal and economic policy to Rachel Reeves, formally naming her as the next chancellor of the exchequer in the first of a round of cabinet appointments on Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    Starmer Starts Work As Cabinet Appointments Expected

    Keir Starmer, the newly elected prime minister, promised change that focuses on the economy and wealth creation as he prepared on Friday to begin appointing cabinet ministers to form the Labour Party's first government since 2010.

  • July 05, 2024

    Investment Cos. Ask New Gov't To Remove Disclosure Rules

    A trade body urged the incoming Labour government on Friday to remove unfair cost disclosure rules for investment companies that put the sector at a competitive disadvantage.

  • July 05, 2024

    Aegon Calls On Labour Gov't To Set Up Pensions Commission

    Pensions provider Aegon Ltd. called on the new Labour government on Friday to establish an independent pensions and savings commission within its first 100 days in office after it won an overwhelming victory in the general election.

  • July 04, 2024

    Major Pensions Shake-Up Likely After Labour Win

    The U.K. pensions sector may have been sold the promise of political consensus — but the election of a new Labour government opens the door for a fundamental shift in policy for the industry over the longer term.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour Gov't To Prioritize Competitive Financial Regulation

    The Labour government is expected to step up regulatory change to make the country's financial services more innovative and globally competitive, with centralized oversight of the watchdogs to ensure they help consumers and facilitate economic growth.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour's Big UK Election Win Clears Way For Tax Reform

    Labour's victory in the U.K. general election clears the way for plans to raise taxes on the rich to close a widening spending gap, but it could also mean wider fiscal reform in the new government's first budget later this year.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour Sweeps Tories From Power In UK Election Rout

    Keir Starmer was poised to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday after his Labour Party ousted Rishi Sunak's Conservatives in a landslide general election victory, ending 14 years of Tory government with a pledge of "national renewal."

  • July 04, 2024

    UK Insurer Utmost Group Plans £200M Buy Of Rival

    Utmost Group PLC said Thursday that it has agreed to buy rival insurer Lombard International Assurance Holdings Sarl for more than £200 million ($255 million), strengthening its presence in key European markets.

  • July 04, 2024

    Insurers Disadvantaged By EU Sustainability Reporting Rules

    European insurers have warned that bloc-wide rules on sustainability reporting for the sector are incomplete and inconsistent, meaning they are not reliable for investors.

  • July 04, 2024

    UK Insurance Investor Expands In Poland, Buys Broker

    Insurance acquisition vehicle PIB Group Ltd. said Thursday that it has bought a Polish broker, Nord Group, strengthening its foothold in the Eastern European country.   

  • July 04, 2024

    Pension Deals Market 'Driven By Transactions Under £100M'

    The record number of pension deals in the U.K. last year was driven primarily by smaller transactions of less than £100 million ($127.6 million), a consultancy has said.

  • July 04, 2024

    HCR Law's Insurance Unit Triples In Size Since 2022 Launch

    The insurance and risk division of HCR Legal LLP said Thursday that the specialist practice has tripled in size since it was set up in 2022, growing from four to 12 members.

  • July 03, 2024

    M&G Lands £309M Pension Deal For Machinery Co.

    A subsidiary of finance and insurance company M&G PLC has taken on £309 million ($394.3 million) worth of pension liabilities from a scheme sponsored by machinery manufacturer NSK, in a deal guided by Shoosmiths, CMS and Hogan Lovells.

  • July 03, 2024

    PIC Seals £1.2B 2nd TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan Buy-in

    Pension Insurance Corporation PLC on Wednesday concluded a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) second buy-in with the trustee of TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan, a deal considered the largest completed pension scheme buy-in thus far this year, according to an announcement by PIC.

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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