Insurance UK

  • July 03, 2024

    WTW Launches Insurance Policy For Asset Managers

    WTW has launched a new policy designed to provide a single comprehensive cover for asset managers rather than traditional insurance options that often require multiple policies.

  • July 03, 2024

    Financial Intel Biz Buys Abrdn's Compliance Unit For £14.6M

    Financial data intelligence provider Fintel said Wednesday that it has acquired Threesixty Services, a business support company, from British investment giant Abrdn for £14.6 million ($18.5 million) to boost its portfolio.

  • July 02, 2024

    EU Watchdog Requires Regulatory Liaison On Insurer Moves

    The European Union's insurance watchdog has published ground rules for regulators from departure and destination countries of insurers relocating within the bloc to engage actively and clearly.

  • July 02, 2024

    Insurance Body Urges Motorists To Verify Coverage Status

    The nonprofit body that protects people from uninsured hit-and-run drivers urged Britons on Tuesday to check their vehicle insurance status, as a recent YouGov poll revealed 10% of respondents appeared to be unaware that such insurance is compulsory.

  • July 02, 2024

    City Body Calls For Digital Gilt To Boost Retail Investing

    Britain's leading financial services trade body called Tuesday for a U.K. digital gilt to encourage retail investors, in a set of briefing papers aiming to improve competitiveness of capital markets.

  • July 02, 2024

    Irish Motor Insurance Damage Costs Soar 126%, Study Shows

    The cost of Irish motor insurance claims rose to €188 million ($201 million) in the first half of 2023 up from the six-monthly average of €83 million between 2015 and 2019 — a 126% jump — a study by the Central Bank of Ireland said Tuesday.

  • July 02, 2024

    Just Group Lands £260M Aviation Co. Pension Deal

    Insurer Just Group on Tuesday announced it has taken on £260 million ($328.7 million) worth of pension liabilities from a retirement savings plan sponsored by aviation company John Menzies Ltd., in a deal guided by Brodies LLP and Gowling WLG.

  • July 01, 2024

    Pilots Fight TUI Over Changed Income Protection Scheme

    A group of airline pilots launched their fight against TUI Airways Ltd. on Monday over allegations that the carrier breached their contracts by slashing its income protection policy for pilots who have to stop flying for health reasons.

  • July 01, 2024

    Zurich, Aon Launch Clean Hydrogen Insurance Facility

    Zurich Insurance Group and Aon PLC launched Monday a new insurance facility aimed at supporting clean hydrogen projects globally, providing comprehensive coverage for blue and green hydrogen projects with capital expenditures of up to $250 million.

  • July 01, 2024

    Royal London Completes Aegon Protection Book Transfer

    Mutual life insurance giant Royal London said Monday it has completed the transfer of 400,000 protection customers from rival insurer Aegon UK.

  • July 01, 2024

    UK Lifeboat Scheme Says Pension Transfer Firm In Default

    The Financial Services Compensation Scheme confirmed Monday it has declared pension adviser MacInnes & Bottomley as unable to pay claims.

  • July 01, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Guides Aviva's School Pension Deal

    Insurance giant Aviva has completed a full scheme buy-in for a pension plan sponsored by Taunton School, consultancy Broadstone said Monday, in a deal guided by Osborne Clarke LLP.

  • June 28, 2024

    EU Insurance Watchdog Warns Of Real Estate Risk Exposure

    The European pensions and insurance industries are increasingly exposed to the possibility of a real estate collapse, the sector watchdog warned in a newly published report into the financial stability for the region.

  • June 28, 2024

    Firms Face Increased Scrutiny Amid FCA Focus On Resilience

    The Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority have challenged two thirds of general insurance and investment firms about their ability to prevent disruption by threats like cyberattacks, according to an industry study.

  • June 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Uber hit with claims from Addison Lee and the former CEO of the Kabbee app, animal by-product company Leo Group file a defamation claim against a local anti-odor campaigner, and a self-styled lord who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Phillip resume legal action against his cousins for a share in his late aunt's estate. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 28, 2024

    Addleshaw Goddard Guides Acquisitions Biz In £41.5M Deal

    Marwyn Acquisition Company II Ltd. on Friday said it's subsidiary MAC II UK Ltd. has agreed to buy pensions services provider InvestAcc Group Ltd., for £41.5 million ($53 million), which would be mainly financed by a fundraising program, advised by Addleshaw Goddard LLP. 

  • June 28, 2024

    Fidelis Claims No Liability In $23M Stranded Jet Spat

    Fidelis Underwriting Ltd. has hit back at another claim that it must pay out in a $23 million row over a leased plane stranded in Russia, arguing that no insured event has occurred, and that an Irish aviation lessor is not covered by the country's law.

  • June 27, 2024

    DWF Buys Australian Claims Management Business

    Private equity-backed DWF LLP said Thursday it has agreed to buy Australian claims management company Proclaim for an undisclosed amount to bolster its presence in the country.

  • June 27, 2024

    Shell, Insurer Sue Oil Co. For $3.7M Over Cargo Failures

    Shell Trading International Ltd. and its insurer have sued a Greek oil company for $3.7 million after claiming the near 30,000 metric tons of bitumen it bought from the European business did not comply with the agreed specification or quality.

  • June 27, 2024

    Chubb Claims No Liability In $219M Stranded Jets Row

    Chubb has denied that it owes a Bermuda-based subsidiary of a U.S. aircraft lessor in a $219 million row over a fleet of aircraft engines stranded in Russia and Ukraine because the planes are not lost and its policy does not cover war risk.

  • June 27, 2024

    Insurance Biz DeadHappy Goes Under After Serial Killer Ads

    Life insurance broker DeadHappy has fallen into administration, liquidators said Thursday, after bad taste adverts featuring a serial killer prompted its partners to pull the plug on new business.

  • June 27, 2024

    R&Q Insurance Appoints Liquidators To Push $465M Sale

    R&Q Insurance said Thursday that the Supreme Court of Bermuda has given it a green light to appoint three joint provisional liquidators to oversee the complete winding up of the troubled insurer.

  • June 27, 2024

    Sackers Steers Bentley Trustee In £880M Pensions Deal

    Luxury carmaker Bentley Motors Ltd. has passed £880 million ($1.1 billion) of the liabilities of its staff pension plan to Standard Life, the insurer said Thursday, in a deal steered by Sacker & Partners LLP, Travers Smith LLP and Eversheds Sutherland.

  • June 26, 2024

    Fidelis Says Aircraft Lessors Not Covered Under Russian Law

    Fidelis Underwriting Ltd. has said that the lessor and owners of three aircraft stranded in Russia after the country's invasion of Ukraine cannot reclaim $77.2 million for the planes from the reinsurer because they are not insured parties under Russian law.

  • June 26, 2024

    Britain's Phoenix Group Plans Sale Of SunLife

    Life insurance heavyweight Phoenix Group said Wednesday that it is planning to sell its SunLife Ltd. subsidiary that provides financial services to over 50s in the U.K.

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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