Insurance UK

  • March 12, 2024

    AI Attacks Pose Critical Threat To Businesses, Lloyd's Says

    Artificial intelligence will empower cybercriminals and potentially increase the frequency and sophistication of digital attacks, Lloyd's of London warned in a report published Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    FCA's New Greenwashing Rules Lack Clarity, City Firms Warn

    City firms are pressing the Financial Conduct Authority to revise the draft guidance for its new anti-greenwashing rules to clear up critical ambiguities as they seek greater clarity on how broadly it will be applied.

  • March 11, 2024

    Insurers Sued For €403M Over Nord Stream Pipeline Damage

    The operator of two Baltic Sea gas pipelines hit by explosions has sued its insurers for more than €403 million ($440 million) to cover damage intended to "sabotage a politically significant pipeline" supplying natural gas from Russia to Western Europe.

  • March 11, 2024

    New Treasury Review Of AML Rules To Cast Wide Net

    The U.K. Treasury said Monday that a new review on the effectiveness of anti-money laundering regulations will have a broad scope, encompassing more than 100,000 businesses, including law firms.

  • March 11, 2024

    MPs To Hear From Administrators In Norton Pension Scandal

    A parliamentary committee said Monday that it will weigh whether victims of pension fraud can receive compensation faster as the first part of its probe into the retirement savings scandal at Norton Motorcycle Co.  

  • March 11, 2024

    Global Standards-Setter Sets Deposit Insurance Review

    The International Association of Deposit Insurers said Monday that it will focus its 2024 efforts on updating the rules for deposit insurance, including studying how it works, collecting more data on it and helping members improve their systems.

  • March 11, 2024

    FCA Fines British Steel Pensions Firm, Bans Advisers

    The finance watchdog said Monday that it has hit a financial advice company with a fine and banned two former employees after discovering failures by the business when it put through £90 million ($115 million) of retirement savings transfers for members of the British Steel Pension Scheme.

  • March 08, 2024

    FCA To Boost Fight Against Nonfinancial Misconduct

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday it would ramp up its fight against bullying and sexual harassment in the financial services sector in light of a damning parliamentary report condemning efforts to tackle sexism in the financial services sector.

  • March 08, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    Slaughter And May Guides PE Firm's £432M Wealth Firm Buy

    Pollen Street Capital said Friday that its subsidiary has agreed to fully buy out Mattioli Woods, a wealth management company, for approximately £432 million ($556 million), as the U.K. private equity investor looks to capture a slice of the lucrative sector.

  • March 08, 2024

    Gov't Sets Out 'Social Factors' Guide For Pension Investment

    The pensions watchdog has urged retirement fund managers to weigh social factors, such as labor rights and the safety of workers, as part of their investment considerations.

  • March 08, 2024

    'Aggressive' Cold-Calling Firm Shut For Targeting Pensioners

    A company that used "aggressive techniques" when selling unnecessary home service and maintenance plans to vulnerable pensioners has been wound up for targeting and misleading elderly customers.

  • March 08, 2024

    Insurer Beazley Begins $325M Share Buyback As Profit Soars

    Beazley began a share buyback on Friday worth up to $325 million in a move to lower its outstanding share capital and reward investors, as its pre-tax profits more than doubled to $1.25 billion.

  • March 07, 2024

    Efforts To Tackle Sexism In City Moving At 'Snail's Pace'

    A group of senior MPs called on Friday for an end to the "era of impunity" in the country's financial sector, saying that efforts to tackle sexism in the City are moving at a "snail's pace" and ignoring the benefits of diversity.

  • March 07, 2024

    Ex-Slater And Gordon Lawyer To Face Tribunal Over PI Claim

    A former personal injury lawyer at Slater and Gordon must face a disciplinary tribunal after he allegedly misled a client about the status of her personal injury claim for more than 15 years, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • March 07, 2024

    Irish Central Bank Plans Modernized Consumer Protection

    The Central Bank of Ireland opened a consultation on Thursday on plans to modernize the Consumer Protection Code and clarify the obligations financial companies face for managing such risks as climate change.

  • March 07, 2024

    UK Working On Fix For Privacy Rules Clash On Pensions

    The government is working on a solution to the problem of pension providers being held back from communicating with members because of privacy regulations, a minister has said.

  • March 07, 2024

    Aviva Kicks Off £300M Buyback After 'Strong Performance'

    Aviva PLC said Thursday that it will reward investors with a share buyback worth up to £300 million ($383 million), as it reported a rise in its premiums and operating profit.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • What EU Corporate Sustainability Plan Means For Contracts

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    The EU's proposed directive on corporate sustainability due diligence would have a significant impact on contractual assurances in relation to human rights and environmental impacts, says Francois Holmey at Carter-Ruck.

  • How The Rise In Ransomware Is Affecting Business Insurance

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    Following an unprecedented rise in global ransomware attacks, with insurance companies scaling back coverage and increasing premiums, policyholders should consider these trends and take certain steps to mitigate risks, say Marialuisa Gallozzi and Josianne El Antoury at Covington.

  • How A New Law Tightens The Screw On Dirty Money In The UK

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    By backing up and enhancing the unexplained wealth order regime in a significant rewriting of the rules, the long-awaited Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act should do much to improve due diligence procedures and raise the standards for foreign wealth making its way to the U.K., says Syed Rahman of Rahman Ravelli.

  • A Landmark UK Enforcement Case For Crypto-Assets

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    HM Revenue and Customs' recent seizure of nonfungible tokens from three people under investigation for value-added tax fraud promises to be the first of many such actions against crypto-assets, so investors should preemptively resolve potential tax matters with U.K. law enforcement agencies to avoid a rude awakening, says Andrew Park at Andersen.

  • Emerging Economic Effects From Russia-Ukraine War

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    While the full economic effects of Russia's invasion of Ukraine will only become clear with time, some of the geopolitical and financial consequences are already becoming apparent, such as a possible shift from the petrodollar, Russian debt default and investor asset recovery complications, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Unexplained Wealth Orders' Role In UK Dirty Money Bill

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    A bill passed by Parliament on Monday that targets Russian oligarchs who have substantial U.K. assets may embolden agencies who use unexplained wealth orders to take action against others who were not previously viewed as suitable candidates for UWOs, says Aziz Rahman at Rahman Ravelli.

  • How EU Proposal Would Affect Corporate Sustainability Duties

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    The European Commission recently released its proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability, human rights and environmental due diligence, that, if adopted, will have a substantial impact on the external corporate regulation and the internal corporate governance of the largest companies operating in the EU, says François Holmey at Carter-Ruck.

  • How Will UK Use New Penalties For Debt-Dodging Directors?

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    Thomas Shortland at Cohen & Gresser discusses the scope of the new disqualification regime for company directors who dissolve their businesses to avoid paying back state COVID-19 loans, and identifies factors that may affect how frequently the government exercises the new powers.

  • Automated AML Compliance Tools Are No Silver Bullet

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    As financial institutions increasingly use automated tools for anti-money laundering compliance, attorneys at Covington discuss the risks of overreliance on such tools, regulatory expectations, potential liability and insurance coverage implications, as well as lessons from recent enforcement actions.

  • Issues To Watch In Potential English Arbitration Act Reform

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    Summary dismissal, confidentiality, technological updates and certain other topics that could fall under the England and Wales Law Commission's upcoming review of the 25-year-old Arbitration Act should be of particular interest to those considering an English-seated arbitration, say Neil Newing and Alasdair Marshall at Signature Litigation.

  • UK's Vicarious Liability Juggernaut Shows Signs Of Slowing

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    In the last five years, U.K. court decisions have generally broadened the scope of vicarious liability, holding organizations responsible for individuals' crimes, but more recent decisions suggest that courts are finally taking steps to limit such liability, say Stephanie Wilson and Philip Tracey at Plexus Legal.

  • What 9th Circ. Arbitration Case May Mean For Insurance

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    If the plaintiffs in CLMS Management Services v. Amwins Brokerage of Georgia appeal the Ninth Circuit's recent decision that state law does not bar the enforcement of arbitration clauses in insurance contracts, the case may have a significant effect on the different dispute resolution options for insurers and policyholders, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • UK Focus On Int'l Data Transfers Shows Appetite For Reform

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    Recent U.K. public consultations on international transfers of personal data and structural amendments to the country's General Data Protection Regulation illustrate the post-Brexit appetite for reform and signal changes to the international data transfers regime, say Kate Brimsted and Tom Evans at BCLP.

  • Policyholder Outlook Following UK Biz Interruption Test Case

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    In the nine months since the U.K. Supreme Court ruled in favor of policyholders in the Financial Conduct Authority’s test case on insurance coverage for COVID-19 businesses interruption claims, similar lawsuits filed against insurers show that a positive outcome for insureds is not guaranteed, say Peter Sharp and Paul Mesquitta at Morgan Lewis.

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