Insurance UK

  • June 21, 2024

    Lloyd's Delays Next Phase Of Modernization Plan

    Lloyd's of London said Friday it has pushed back the launch of its next modernization program, saying that delays to testing have meant it is no longer safe to go live as planned in October. 

  • June 21, 2024

    European Funds Want Laxer Rules On Derivatives Calls

    A European investment fund industry trade body has called for a reduction in proposed global rules to manage calls for extra money supporting derivatives positions intended to reduce the risk of a market crisis.

  • June 21, 2024

    Next UK Gov't Urged To Ease Private Healthcare Insurance Tax

    Whoever wins the U.K. election on July 4 should introduce tax breaks on private medical insurance to relieve pressure on the National Health Service, a consultancy warned Friday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Pensioners Still Taxed With 'Triple Lock Plus,' LCP Says

    The ruling Conservative Party's pledge to add a tax break to the anti-inflation "triple lock" on pensions would still mean that 2.5 million U.K. pensioners will be taxed, consultancy Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    WTW Says Professional Trustee Appointments Up 11%

    Professional trustee appointments have surged by 11% over the past year, with corporate sole trustee appointments rising at 14%, according to WTW's 2024 professional trustee survey published Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Aegon Plans ESG Shakeup Of £12B Workplace Pension Fund

    Pensions provider Aegon on Thursday announced a raft of measures to overhaul its £12 billion ($15.2 billion) workplace retirement fund, as it plots to reduce its carbon emissions and invest more in unlisted assets.

  • June 20, 2024

    Financial Watchdog Launches First-Ever ESG Probe Into Biz

    The Financial Conduct Authority has opened its first-ever enforcement investigation into a company over climate-related issues, lawyers from an environmental legal campaign group said on Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    Law Firm Disputes Pension Deal Capacity Concerns

    Most small retirement savings plans have little trouble carrying out an insurance transaction, a law firm has found, despite fears of a capacity crunch in the pensions deals market.

  • June 19, 2024

    Trade Body Sets Up Committee For M&A Insurance Market

    A trade body for underwriters said Wednesday that it has launched a committee on specialist insurance to cover risk associated with mergers and acquisitions, amid a surge in such policies being written from London.

  • June 19, 2024

    EU Gov'ts Agree Position On Simpler Data-Sharing Rules

    European Union governments agreed where they stand on new rules on Wednesday to help most financial regulators in the bloc to share data, with more efficient reporting by watchdogs and companies.

  • June 19, 2024

    Plane Not 'Lost' In $15M Stranded Jet Row, Chubb Says

    Chubb European Group SE has said it is not liable for $14.7 million claimed by the Irish wing of a U.S. aircraft leasing company to cover the claimed loss of a plane stranded in Russia because the insurer says it is not actually lost.

  • June 19, 2024

    Fieldfisher Steers £165M Mineral Biz Pension Deal

    Insurance giant Aviva said on Wednesday that it has completed a full retirement savings plan buy-in worth £165 million ($210 million) sponsored by mineral miner and processor Sibelco UK Ltd., in a deal guided by Fieldfisher LLP.

  • June 19, 2024

    Zurich Buys 70% Stake In Indian Insurer For $670M

    Swiss insurance giant Zurich said Wednesday that it has bought a 70% stake in Kotak Mahindra General Insurance for $488 million, the largest foreign investment in India's general insurance market since 2021.

  • June 18, 2024

    Insurers Appeal COVID ExCeL Biz Insurance Test Case Ruling

    Insurers launched an appeal on Tuesday to overturn a landmark test case ruling that would provide cover for COVID-19 lockdowns for thousands of companies with "at-the-premises" business interruption wording in their policies.

  • June 18, 2024

    Insurers Deny Stranded Planes Are 'Lost' In $45M Claim

    A range of insurers have said they are not liable for $44.9 million claimed by an Irish aircraft operating company to cover the loss of planes stranded in Russia because they argue the airline business has not suffered any loss.

  • June 18, 2024

    Lifeboat Scheme Names PwC As Partner For Claims Service

    The Financial Services Compensation Scheme said Tuesday it has awarded its core claims service contract to Big Four accounting firm PwC as the scheme expands its in-house team.

  • June 18, 2024

    EU Finance Watchdogs Call For Improved Sustainability Rules

    The European Union's financial regulators called on legislators Tuesday to improve rules on disclosing sustainability in funds, introducing product categorization to combat greenwashing problems.

  • June 17, 2024

    Smaller Insurers Predicted To Benefit From Solvency Changes

    Changes to the U.K.'s capital requirement regime that raises the threshold at which firms must comply could offer smaller insurers that are no longer bound to the regulations more opportunities for growth, Broadstone said Monday.

  • June 17, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Steers Refinancing For Injury Law Firm

    Personal injury firm Fletchers Solicitors said Monday it has struck a refinancing deal with Legal & General-backed asset manager Pemberton, in an agreement steered by Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

  • June 17, 2024

    Finnish Insurer Sampo Makes $4.7B Offer For Topdanmark

    Finnish insurance group Sampo PLC said Monday that it will buy the remaining shares in Topdanmark that it does not own in a deal that values the Danish insurer at $4.7 billion.

  • June 17, 2024

    Political Parties Urged To Accelerate Financial Inclusion

    An independent body of parliamentarians and finance experts called on Monday on the main political parties to establish a national strategy on financial inclusion in the first 100 days of a new government.

  • June 14, 2024

    'Riverdance' Star Can't Step Around $30M Estate Arbitration

    Dancer Michael Flatley must arbitrate his €30 million ($32 million) claim against Hiscox over allegations of defective work on his estate in County Cork, an Irish court ruled Friday, saying there is nothing unfair about enforcing the policy's arbitration clause.

  • June 14, 2024

    Swiss Re, Chubb Deny Liability In £13B Stranded Planes Feud

    Swiss Re and Chubb have denied that they are liable for aircraft detained in Russia after it invaded Ukraine amid a slew of claims totaling £13 billion ($16.5 billion), telling a London court that their insurance policies do not cover the fallout of war.

  • June 14, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 14, 2024

    New Entrant Expected In Pension Transfer Market, LCP Says

    Lane Clark & Peacock LLP said that another new insurer will enter the pension transfer market by the end of the year, bringing the total number of companies securing the liabilities of retirement savings plans to a record high.

Expert Analysis

  • Pension Plan Amendment Power Lessons From BBC Ruling

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    The High Court's recent ruling in BBC v. BBC Pension Trust upheld an unusually restrictive fetter on the pension scheme's amendment power, which highlights how fetters can vary in degrees of protection and the importance of carefully considering any restriction, says Maxwell Ballad at Freeths.

  • UK Securitization Reform Opts For Modest Approach, For Now

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    Recently published consultation papers from the U.K. Prudential Regulation and Financial Conduct Authorities on new securitization rules mainly restate retained EU law, but there are some targeted adjustments being proposed and further divergence is to be expected, say Alix Prentice and Assia Damianova at Cadwalader.

  • FCA Consumer Duty May Pose Enforcement Challenges

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    The new U.K. Financial Conduct Authority consumer duty sets higher standards of customer protection and transparency for financial services firms, but given the myriad products available across the sector, policing the regulations is going to be a challenging task, says Alessio Ianiello at Keller Postman.

  • How The OECD Global Tax Proposal Could Affect M&A

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    Following agreement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Pillar Two proposal to introduce a global minimum tax, domestic implementation is expected to have a significant impact on international M&A transactions, with financial modeling, deal structuring, risk allocation and joint venture arrangements likely to be affected, say lawyers at Freshfields.

  • What Trustees Must Know About Virgin Media Pension Case

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    The High Court's recent decision in Virgin Media v. NTL Trustees could have significant consequences for salary-related contracted-out schemes, making it necessary for trustees to start examining any deeds of amendment during the affected time period, says James Newcome at Wedlake Bell.

  • Trustees Should Take Caution After UK Pension Tap Plan

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    The U.K. government's recent plan to boost technology startups by tapping into pension sector funds may risk the hard-earned savings of members, so trustees need to be mindful of the proposals in light of their fiduciary duties, say Beth Brown and Riccardo Bruno at Arc Pensions.

  • Factors Driving Increased Litigation Against European Cos.

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    European government regulation and enforcement, economic inflation and litigation funding are driving an increase in litigation, especially class actions, against corporations in Europe, a trend that seems to be here to stay, says Henning Schaloske at Clyde & Co.

  • Pension Trustee Case Could Lead To Fossil Fuels Divestment

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    While the recent Court of Appeal case McGaughey v. Universities Superannuation Scheme attempts to link fossil fuel investment by trustees to significant risk of financial detriment, it is concerning that two out of 470,000 scheme members could be permitted to bring a claim without ensuring that other members are represented, says Anna Metadjer at Kingsley Napley.

  • What TPR's Guidance On DEI Means For Pensions Industry

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    The Pension Regulator is one of the first regulators to issue guidance on equality, diversity and inclusion, and employers and trustees should incorporate its advice by developing policies and monitoring progress to ensure that improvements are made regularly, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Ensuring Construction Project Insurance Cover Is Adequate

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    There are a number of ways for practitioners to secure appropriate insurance for a construction project, and it is as important to consider who is covered under the policy as it is the specific terms and obligations, say lawyers at Gowling.

  • Rebuttal

    2nd Circ. Reinsurance Ruling Correctly Applied English Law

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    Contrary to a recent Law360 guest article's argument, the Second Circuit correctly applied English law when it decided in Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania v. Equitas that concurrent reinsurance certificates required the reinsurer to cover loss in accordance with the law of the policy's governing jurisdiction, say Peter Chaffetz and Andrew Poplinger at Chaffetz Lindsey.

  • Reserved Investor Fund Would Plug Gap In UK Finance Market

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    The reserved investor fund recently proposed by HM Treasury has the potential to be a welcome tax-efficient addition to the U.K.’s canon of products for real estate investments, with attractive features for companies and, in particular, large asset managers, say lawyers at Herbert Smith.

  • What Firms Need To Know About The FCA Consumer Duty

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    The Financial Conduct Authority's new consumer duty, in force from July 31, presents an opportunity for manufacturers and distributors of financial services to understand the importance of fair value for consumers, and the regulator will be taking a close interest in this, say Julie Patient, Mark Aengenheister and Virginia Montgomery at Hogan Lovells.

  • Greenwashing Suits May Implicate D&O Policies

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    As consumers, regulators, and state and local governments seek to use litigation to hold companies responsible for alleged greenwashing, businesses facing such claims have a number of approaches available for seeking insurance coverage under directors and officers policies, say attorneys at Haynes Boone.

  • 2nd Circ. Reinsurance Ruling Misconstrues English Law

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    The Second Circuit's finding in Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania v. Equitas Insurance, that London-based reinsurer Equitas owed coverage for losses outside the policy period, stems from that court's misinterpretation of English law on reinsurance policy construction, says Christopher Foster at Holman Fenwick.

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