All posts by Richard Hopley

FCA – business interruption insurance test case – appeal

At a hearing on 2 October 2020, the court made a number of orders following on from its judgment. The court granted “leapfrog” appeal certificates to the FCA, to six of the insurers involved in the test case and to one of the intervening policyholder action groups. This means that […]

FCA – business interruption insurance test case – appeal

Following the judgment, handed down on 15 September, it has been confirmed that there will be a hearing on 2 October at which the court will hear any applications for permission to appeal. The court will also consider whether any appeal should “leapfrog” the Court of Appeal and proceed straight […]

FCA – business interruption insurance test case – judgment

On 15 September the High Court handed down its judgment in the Financial Conduct Authority’s COVID-19 business interruption insurance test case. While there are mixed results in relation to a large number of questions, the court has ruled in favour of the policyholders’ arguments on most of the issues. The FCA […]

FCA BI insurance test case: case management conference on 26 June highlights the difficulties in determining the issues and raises the prospect of a second trial

On 26 June, there was a further case management conference (CMC) in the FCA’s COVID-19 BI insurance test case. The CMC was before Lord Justice Flaux and Mr Justice Butcher. These two judges will sit together to hear the trial. The court dealt with a number of issues regarding the […]

FCA BI Insurance Test Cases: Case Management Conference Highlights the Challenges Facing the Court and the Parties

A case management conference (CMC) before Mr Justice Butcher was held on 16 June to deal with a number of procedural matters in relation to the future conduct of the Financial Conduct Authority’s COVID-19 business interruption insurance test case.

FCA Update on Business Interruption Insurance Test Case

The Financial Conduct Authority has provided an update on progress regarding its proposed court action to resolve uncertainties about business interruption policies. The update provides an initial list of the representative sample of policy wordings that will be examined in the action. 17 policy wordings have been selected so far, […]

FCA Publishes Statement About Policyholder Engagement for BI Test Cases

On 15 May 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority issued a statement setting out how it is engaging with policyholders and insurance intermediaries on business interruption insurance. The FCA said a large number of BI claims are being made and referred to widespread concern about the response of some insurers. On […]

FCA Announces It Will Commence Proceedings to Seek Clarity Over BI COVID-19 Coverage

On 1 May 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority, the UK’s conduct regulator for general insurers, published a statement announcing that it intends to take a representative sample of cases to court as soon as possible to resolve contractual uncertainty in business interruption cover for SMEs. The FCA refers to continuing […]

ACOD B – A 1980s Design Success

The special features of mesothelioma (its “indivisible” nature and its long latency) have thrown up many complex legal questions resulting in the creation of special mesothelioma jurisprudence and legislation governing the liabilities arising from the disease and how insurance should respond. Those developments have taken nearly 20 years, but the […]

Court of Appeal provides guidance on forseeability in mesothelioma claims

In Bussey v Anglia Heating ([2018] EWCA Civ.243, 22 February 2018), the Court of Appeal looked at asbestos exposure levels sufficient to found liability for causing mesothelioma. Mr Bussey had developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure while employed by the defendant as a plumber from 1965 to 1968. The […]