Insurance UK

  • June 10, 2024

    10% Of Early Pension Dippers Regret Withdrawals

    Approximately one in 10 retirees aged 55 and older who withdrew money from their pension before retirement said they regretted doing so, a retirement savings company said on Monday.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • New Clarity On Directors' Creditor Duty In Insolvency Context

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    The recent case of BTI 2014 v. Sequana, the first to consider the creditor duty at U.K. Supreme Court level, provides directors and insolvency practitioners with significant guidance on how close to insolvency the company needs to be for the creditor duty to be engaged, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • FCA Pension Scheme Case Highlights Issues Ripe For Reform

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    The Financial Conduct Authority's response to the British Steel Pension Scheme case exposed wider issues within its regulatory approach and could demonstrate the need for industrywide reforms to minimize the risks with transferring out of a pension scheme, say Oliver Reece and Larisa Gordan at PwC.

  • What An Organization Can Do To Protect Its Supply Chains

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    In light of recent world events, supply chain issues have never been more critical for business, and to protect the commercial viability of their contracts, organizations should address performance concerns in good time, with a workable strategy in place should the chain break down, says Laura Heeley at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • German Draft Bill Reflects Trend Toward New Antitrust Tools

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    A recently proposed amendment to the German Act against Restraints on Competition continues the trend in Europe to equip authorities with greater powers, shifting from a more traditional approach to a more extensive market protection tool, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • How Counsel Can Effectively Lead Data Breach Investigations

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    More businesses are expecting in-house counsel to lead cybersecurity incident responses, so lawyers should work on asking external responders the right questions, managing ransom negotiations to gain time and information, and communicating with regulators to avert or limit penalties, say Oliver Price and Kevin Hughes at FTI Consulting.

  • What EU Oil Spill Insurance Ruling Means For UK Arbitration

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    A recent European Court of Justice opinion in an insurance dispute related to the 2002 sinking of oil tanker MV Prestige provides clarity on the priority of cross-border judgments and arbitral awards, and indicates that EU member state civil judgments will be given precedence over U.K. arbitral awards — with exceptions, says David Vaughan at Collyer Bristow.

  • UK Claim Limitation Ruling Is A Tentative Win For Insurers

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    A U.K. county court's recent decision in Rashid v. Direct Savings reduces the limitation period for third parties to make direct claims against insurers, potentially providing insurers with a defense that was not previously apparent, if the decision is upheld on appeal, says Robert Morris at RPC.

  • Why Risk-Based Employee Conduct Policies Are Advisable

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    In establishing employee conduct policies, companies should consider the extent to which they are exposed to certain types of risk, such as bribery and corruption, as establishing clear written standards offers a step toward avoiding criminal liability, says Steve Melrose at Bellevue Law.

  • A Trusted Cybersecurity Framework Is Imperative For Lawyers

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    The recent increased risk of cyberattacks has a number of profound implications for law firms, and complying with government guidance by embedding a cyber-savvy culture and adhering to a security framework will enable lawyers to add extra layers of defense and present their clients with higher levels of protection, says Marion Stewart at Red Helix.

  • The New EU Data Act Proposal Raises Several Questions

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    In its aim to improve users' rights to access industrial data, the proposed Data Act demonstrates the European Commission’s awareness of the competitive advantage this can bring, but there are concerns as to how it would work in practice, and it appears unlikely that the U.K. will follow a similar framework, say Nick Phillips and Selina Clifford at Edwin Coe.

  • Preparing For FCA's New Appointed Representative Rules

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    The Financial Conduct Authority's new rules make authorized financial firms acting as principal more responsible for their appointed representatives and take effect in less than three months, so firms must understand the changes and undertake a gap analysis of current policies against the requirements as soon as possible, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • Opinion

    A Better Gov't Response To Pensions Misselling Is Needed

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    To finally clamp down on the pensions misselling we have seen emerge of late, such as the recent scandal involving a Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pension Scheme, a robust regulatory regime is needed to put an end to inadequate enforcement and unwise legislative innovation in U.K. pensions law, says Ben Rees at Keller Postman.

  • A Review Of The New UK Financial Services And Markets Bill

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    In revoking retained EU law and replacing it with U.K.-specific legislation, the new Financial Services and Markets Bill should mean a less cumbersome and more accessible regulatory regime than the existing patchwork of requirements, with provisions that address consumers’ concerns that they were not adequately protected, say attorneys at Ashurst.

  • How Greenwashing Litigation Is Affecting Financial Services

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    A rising demand for sustainable investment is likely to lead to an increase in claims of greenwashing, where a company's marketing falsely portrays its output as producing positive environmental outcomes, which carries risks for investors and insurers, says Kirsty Finlayson at Browne Jacobson.

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