Insurance UK

  • March 19, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Finds Trustee Boards Lack Diversity

    Pension boards across the U.K. lack diversity, according to research published Tuesday by Britain's retirement savings watchdog, which showed the characteristics of a "typical trustee" being unrepresentative of the overall U.K. population.

  • March 19, 2024

    Insurance Tech Biz Can't Get Policy Tracker Patent In UK

    An insurance tech firm can't get a patent over its automated policy tracker software in the U.K. because computer programs and business methods are not patentable, intellectual property officials said Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    Charities Recovering From Pension Deficits

    Thirteen U.K. charities are no longer plugging a black hole in their pension schemes, a consultancy said Tuesday, amid a wider improvement in funding for retirement savings plans.

  • March 19, 2024

    Workers Have 'Misplaced' £50B In UK Pension Pots

    The growing number of young workers changing jobs and moving to different pensions providers has left more than £50 billion ($64 billion) in U.K. pension pots "at risk of being misplaced" in abandoned or lost accounts, according to analysis published on Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    AI Tool Automates Climate-Related Financial Risk Analysis

    The Bank for International Settlements said Tuesday that it has developed an artificial intelligence tool that analyzes climate-related risks in the financial system by streamlining large sets of data — and could pave the way for future research applications.

  • March 19, 2024

    FCA Sets Out Priorities For New Financial Year

    The Financial Conduct Authority detailed on Tuesday its new priorities for the next financial year, setting out plans to protect consumers and boost competitiveness in Britain and to make better use of data.

  • March 26, 2024

    DLA Piper Hires M&A Pro Carl Hotton From Freshfields

    DLA Piper has hired mergers and acquisitions professional Carl Hotton as an insurance partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

  • March 18, 2024

    Life Insurer DeadHappy Unable To Accept New Customers

    Life insurer DeadHappy said Monday it could not accept new customers, a year after the regulated broker faced restrictions for a controversial advertising campaign featuring a convicted serial killer.

  • March 18, 2024

    Aviva Completes £937M Exit From Singapore Insurer

    Aviva PLC said Monday that it has sold its entire stake in Singapore Life Holdings Pte Ltd., or Singlife, for £937 million ($1.2 billion), giving Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. complete control of the company.

  • March 18, 2024

    Direct Line Unit Denies Liability For Plastic In Branston Pickle

    A subsidiary of Direct Line Group PLC has denied owing a processed vegetable product supplier £487,000 ($617,000) for losses caused by plastic found in ingredients set to be used for Branston Pickle chutney, because the insurer has already paid out under its policy.

  • March 18, 2024

    WTW To Launch 'Game-Changing' Climate Finance Solution

    Insurance broker WTW said Monday it is working to launch an insurance facility that it hopes will remove risks associated with loans to private companies, a move to protect them from threats linked to climate change.

  • March 18, 2024

    UK Pension Insurers Sign Up To Net-Zero Targets

    The bulk annuities insurance sector in Britain has universally adopted net-zero targets for carbon emissions, but analysts warn that there is still more to do in terms of climate stewardship.

  • March 18, 2024

    Watchdogs Join Forces To Ramp Up Fight On Debt Collection

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday it is launching a joint effort with three other watchdogs to further scrutinize debt collection practices, ensuring that companies fairly treat consumers who are feeling the pinch from the cost-of-living crisis.

  • March 15, 2024

    Solicitor Struck Off For Running Firm Without Insurance

    A solicitor has been struck off after a London legal professional tribunal ruled that he had failed to have professional indemnity insurance, then gave regulators misleading information when they investigated, according to a judgment published Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Howard Kennedy face legal action by a London hotel chain, former racing boss Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One hit with a breach of contract claim by a Brazilian racecar driver, and a libel row between broadcaster Jeremy Vine and ex-footballer Joey Barton. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 15, 2024

    FCA To Review How Firms Treat Vulnerable Customers

    Britain's finance watchdog said on Friday that it will examine whether U.K. firms are treating vulnerable and elderly customers fairly.

  • March 15, 2024

    Debenhams Pension Deal Eases Superfund Fears, LCP Says

    The step by Clara-Pensions to take on all 10,400 members of the retirement savings plan of collapsed retailer Debenhams in the U.K.'s second-ever superfund deal will ease concerns around transactions in the nascent market, a consultancy has said.

  • March 15, 2024

    Insurer Calls For Clarity Over National Insurance Funding

    The U.K. government must provide clarity over the impact of payroll tax cuts on future funding for state pensions, insurance giant Aegon UK said Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Says Poor-Value Plan Initiative Is Working

    The U.K.'s retirement savings watchdog said that its fight against poor-value pension schemes is working and that plans are choosing to wind up following government regulations introduced to drive improvements for members.

  • March 15, 2024

    One-Day US Settlement Will Jeopardize Global FX Market

    European asset managers have warned central banks and regulators that the planned U.S. move in May to settle foreign exchange trades more quickly will make billions of dollars in daily settlements unsafe, putting the global market at risk.

  • March 14, 2024

    Lehman Brothers Can't Undo Trial Loss Over Crisis-Era CDS

    A New York appeals court on Thursday affirmed a bench trial loss Lehman Brothers' bankrupt European unit suffered last year in a suit attempting to claw back nearly half a billion dollars from Assured Guaranty over losses on credit default swaps tied to the 2008 financial crisis.

  • March 14, 2024

    FCA Warns Firms To Give Fair Value Under Consumer Duty

    The Financial Conduct Authority warned firms on Thursday that it will act on significant concerns about failure to deliver fair value for savers under the Consumer Duty regime.

  • March 14, 2024

    Clara Takes Debenhams Pension Scheme In Landmark Deal

    All 10,400 members of the retirement savings plan of collapsed retailer Debenhams will have their promised pension benefits restored after Clara-Pensions announced Thursday it would take on the scheme in the U.K.'s second-ever superfund transaction.

  • March 14, 2024

    Insurers Launch Fire Safety Project In Response To Grenfell

    McGill and Partners Ltd. has established a fire safety program, designed to expand insurance capacity for buildings with combustible cladding, in response to the deadly 2017 fire at the Grenfell Tower flats in West London.

  • March 14, 2024

    EU Renews US Insurance Market Equivalence For 10 Years

    The European Union will continue recognizing U.S. insurance regulations as equivalent to its own for another 10 years, the European Commission said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Has The Liberalization Of Legal Services Achieved Its Aims?

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    Although there is still some way to go, alternative business structures are now an increasingly prominent feature of the legal services landscape, and clients can expect greater choice, improved quality and more manageable costs, as was intended by this shake-up of the profession's regulatory frameworks 15 years ago, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

  • 5 Gen X Characteristics That Can Boost Legal Leadership

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    As Generation X attorneys rise to fill top roles in law firms and corporations left by retiring baby boomers, they should embrace generational characteristics that will allow them to become better legal leaders, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • ECJ Beneficial Owners Ruling Leaves Uncertainty In Its Wake

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in the WM and Sovim cases, holding that making information on a register of beneficial owners publicly available interferes with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, has been criticized as a step backward in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism, and its impact is not yet clear, say Michael Marschall and Verena Krikler at Schoenherr.

  • What Slovak Labor Code Changes Will Mean For Employers

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    With newly effective amendments to the Slovak Labor Code strengthening employees’ rights in a number of ways, the default mindset of the employee being the weaker party may no longer be the right approach, says Katarina Pfeffer at Bird & Bird.

  • An ICO Reminder On Managing Subject Access Requests

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    Although the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office’s recent seven reprimands regarding mismanagement of data subject access requests are unusual, it is worth organizations considering what resources and training may be available to ensure these are properly managed in the future, says Ross McKenzie at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Opinion

    Increasing Law Firm Polarization Will Degrade Rule Of Law

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    As evidenced in recent instances of law firms separating from attorneys who represented certain industries or espoused certain views, firms and the legal practice itself have grown troublingly polarized and intolerant of dissent, says Rebecca Roiphe at New York Law School.

  • The FTX Fallout So Far And What May Come Next

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    While the downfall of FTX is likely to cause substantial losses and lead to extensive litigation, it will hopefully precipitate a renewed focus on regulating the crypto market in a responsible way that gives more protection to consumers, says Dan Wyatt at RPC.

  • Hard Insurance Market Will Influence Legal Industry, Economy

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    As the cost of claims starts to outstrip the value of premiums, insurers are denying more claims and considering scaling back coverage, leading to an influx of legal work and potential holes in the market, says Bruce Hepburn at Mactavish.

  • Digital Nomads: Key Considerations For Global Businesses

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    As employers and employees embrace remote, location-independent work arrangements enabled by technology, they must be mindful of the employment law and tax consequences such arrangements may trigger, say Hannah Wilkins and Audrey Elliott at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • New License Eases Sanctioned Clients' Legal Fee Payments

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    The general license recently issued by the U.K. Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation permitting the payment of legal fees owed by a sanctioned company or individual will potentially reduce the agency's backlog and is welcome news for both lawyers and OFSI staff, say Zulfi Meerza and Syed Rahman at Rahman Ravelli.

  • Preparation Is Key To Businesses Minimizing Cyber Breaches

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    A recently published report by the U.K. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on organizational experiences of cybersecurity breaches highlights the importance of having breach response policies in place and being able to demonstrate that reasonable preventive and risk management steps were taken, says Lawson Caisley at White & Case.

  • UK Policyholders Can Expect Better COVID Claims Handling

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    The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority recently outlined some best practices for COVID-19 business interruption claims handling, which, along with recent High Court of Justice decisions, will likely lead to faster claims handling and clearer insurer communication, say Gurpreet Sanghera and Charlie Edwards at Simkins.

  • A Recovery Option For Lenders With Planes Stuck In Russia

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    For aircraft lessors considering insurance coverage litigation to recover for losses of equipment leased to Russian airlines, negotiating an assignment of rights may provide a faster pathway to recovery, say David Klein and Jose Lua-Valencia at Pillsbury.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • 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.

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