Insurance UK

  • March 06, 2024

    UK Cuts Tax, Reforms Non-Dom Rules In Pre-Election Budget

    The U.K. government unveiled another cut in payroll taxes and changes to rules on non-domicile status on Wednesday as it presented its election-year spring Budget.

  • March 06, 2024

    Gov't Cools Its Tone On Pension 'Pot For Life' Plans

    A U.K. government update on Wednesday on policy plans for pension pots for life for retirement savers appeared to signal a more cautious tone after pushback from the sector, financial experts have said.

  • March 06, 2024

    Lloyd's Says Women Hold 35% Of Top Insurance Market Jobs

    Lloyd's of London has said the proportion of women in leadership roles at the specialist insurance marketplace has now increased by three percentage points to 35%, fulfilling the short-term target it set in 2020.

  • March 06, 2024

    Ex-Managing Partner OKs £33K Costs In Failed Bias Claim

    A former managing partner of a law firm has agreed to pay £32,500 ($41,400) costs to his former company after a tribunal blocked his discrimination claims and ruled that he hid information while off work with cancer to boost his income.

  • March 06, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Outlines New Funding Strategy Reporting

    The pensions watchdog has laid out new requirements for trustees when they report on their funding plans, as analysts warned of the growing regulatory burden on the sector.

  • March 05, 2024

    Hiscox Rolls Out 1st Tranche Of $150M Buyback Program

    Insurer Hiscox Ltd. on Tuesday started the first part of its share repurchase scheme worth up to a total $150 million, as it posted a record pretax profit.

  • March 05, 2024

    Spending Watchdog Warns BoE As Compliance Breaches Rise

    The U.K. public spending watchdog has urged the Bank of England to examine its controls after it found a significant increase in breaches of staff policies at the central bank.

  • March 05, 2024

    More Insurers Sued For $44M Over Plane Stranded In Russia

    An Irish aircraft operating company has added 24 reinsurers to its lawsuit that aims to claw back $44 million to cover the loss of a plane leased to a Russian airline and held there after the country's invasion of Ukraine.

  • March 05, 2024

    FCA Warns Firms To Remedy Failings In AML Controls

    The Financial Conduct Authority has fired off a warning to the chief executives of 1,000 firms it regulates for money laundering purposes, telling them on Tuesday to tackle failings in their controls.

  • March 05, 2024

    FCA Begins Crackdown On Poor-Value Insurance Products

    The move by the Financial Conduct Authority to restrict sales of guaranteed asset protection insurance is a sign of a faster approach to market intervention, and could lead the regulator to scrutinize other underperforming products, consultants say.  

  • March 05, 2024

    FCA Orders Total Pause On Asset Protection Insurance Sales

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday it has struck a deal with the remaining providers of guaranteed asset protection insurance to pause all sales as it examines whether the additional safeguard for policyholders offers value for money.

  • March 04, 2024

    5th Circ. Says Hurricane Coverage Battle Must Be Arbitrated

    A Louisiana property owner and its eight domestic insurers must arbitrate the owner's claims that they mishandled and delayed paying its Hurricane Laura property damage claim in bad faith, the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday, reversing a district court's decision that found an arbitration provision at issue unenforceable.

  • March 04, 2024

    McLaren Ups Claim Against Spanish Racing Driver To $31M

    McLaren Racing Ltd. has hiked its claim against Álex Palou, alleging that it lost an estimated $31 million when the Spanish driver walked away from their Formula 1 deal and signed with a competitor.

  • March 04, 2024

    Most UK Pension Schemes Offering Below-Inflation Increases

    Most defined benefit pension schemes are offering their members increases below inflation levels, prompting calls for discretionary payment boosts in light of funding improvements, pensions consultancy Broadstone said on Monday.

  • March 04, 2024

    FCA Warns Asset Managers To Follow Sustainability Rules

    The Financial Conduct Authority has warned chief executives of asset management companies that it will focus on their compliance with rules on sustainability disclosure that come into force this year.

  • March 04, 2024

    5 Questions For Peter Carter On Insider Dealing Prosecutions

    The Financial Conduct Authority's successful prosecution of a former Goldman Sachs analyst for insider dealing provides new insights into what a determined criminal will do to get around compliance procedures and break the law. Here Peter Carter KC at Doughty Street Chambers, who led the prosecution for the FCA, talks to Law360 about the intricacies of tackling these kinds of cases.

  • March 04, 2024

    Gov't To Require Pensions To Disclose UK Investments

    The U.K. government said it will require pension schemes to disclose how much they invest in U.K. businesses, as part of a wider effort to tap into the sector for economic growth.

  • March 04, 2024

    RPC Advises Aviva's Return To Lloyd's With £242M Deal

    British insurer Aviva PLC said Monday that it plans to return to the Lloyd's of London market after two decades through its £242 million ($307 million) acquisition of Probitas, an insurance group.

  • March 01, 2024

    Business Owners Fail To Prove COVID Impact, Insurer Says

    A pub landlord and seven other business owners have failed to prove that a case of COVID-19 occurred at each of their premises and caused its closure, therefore justifying insurance cover, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE has said.

  • March 01, 2024

    Broker Marsh Expands Ukraine War Insurance Facility

    Insurance broker Marsh McLennan said on Friday that it is extending its Ukraine war risk insurance to cover ships carrying all non-military cargo, including containerized shipping, in support of the country's wider maritime industry.

  • March 01, 2024

    Greenwashing Risk Warning As EU Plans Benchmark Change

    European asset managers warned on Friday that expected revisions to the rules on benchmarks would remove transparency, hindering the explanations about sustainability that they need to give investors to fight against greenwashing.

  • March 01, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle between confectionary heavyweight Mars Wrigley UK and a frozen food manufacturer, a trademark infringement claim by Abbott Diabetes Care over glucose monitoring meters, Mercedes-Benz Group hit with two commercial fraud disputes, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company tackle a cargo claim by an insurance company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 01, 2024

    FCA Says Grenfell Reinsurance Scheme Will Cut Premiums

    A new reinsurance scheme will reduce the cost of insurance for leaseholders in flats, the Financial Conduct Authority has said, as it seeks to bring down premiums that have risen steeply since the Grenfell Tower fire seven years ago.

  • March 01, 2024

    EU Watchdog Probes Low Natural Disaster Insurance Take-Up

    Europe's insurance regulator has found that reluctance among consumers to invest in natural catastrophe insurance is influenced by concerns about costs, a lack of clarity about policy terms and negative past experiences.

  • February 29, 2024

    Police Federation Liable For 9,500 Pension Payouts

    The Police Federation of England and Wales is on the hook to compensate thousands of its members after a group won its legal battle over a pension scheme that gave young officers worse benefits than older colleagues, a tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How New Framework Could Ease EU-US Data Transfer Burden

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    The recently proposed Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework would facilitate the transfer of personal data between the EU and participating U.S. companies and leave the U.K. to play catch-up, but there remain risks of the same legal challenges that invalidated previous data transfer arrangements, says Fred Saugman at WilmerHale.

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