All posts by Sam Tacey

Supreme Court rules on scope “malice” in war risks insurance policy

  In Navigators Insurance v Atlasnavios Navegacao [2018] UKSC 26, the Supreme Court was asked to consider whether the smuggling of cocaine on a vessel, unknown to the owners or crew, constituted a ‘person acting maliciously’ in a war risks insurance policy. The clause in question was the standard form […]

High Court Rules on Notifications to Separate Policy Years

In The Cultural Foundation v Beazley Furlonge and Others [2018] EWHC 1083 the Commercial Court considered the division of liability between primary and excess insurers in circumstances where it was unclear to which year the relevant claims had been notified. There were several other preliminary issues in this case, however […]

High Court confirms position on qualifications of arbitrators

In Tonicstar Limited v Allianz Insurance PLC & Ors [2017] EWHC 2753 (Comm) Mr Justice Teare confirmed that where an arbitration clause specifies that the arbitrators should have “experience of insurance or reinsurance”, it will not be sufficient for a proposed arbitrator to have experience of insurance or reinsurance law, […]

Court of Appeal holds that a failure to exercise a “duty to speak” can form the basis of an estoppel

  In Ted Baker PLC v (1) AXA Insurance UK PLC (2) Fusion Insurance Services Ltd  (3) Tokio Marine Europe Insurance Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 4097 Ted Baker PLC (TB) suffered significant business interruption losses as a result of goods stolen by a trusted employee. TB subsequently made claims against […]

Commercial Court upholds right of insurer to avoid policy for misrepresentation and non-disclosure

In Dalecroft Properties Ltd v Underwriters [2017] EWHC 1263 (Comm), Mr Richard Salter QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court) confirmed the defendant insurers’ right to avoid a property insurance policy following various misrepresentations relating to the state of repair of the insured property and non-disclosures relating […]

Court of Appeal confirms that payment of money into escrow account is not an insured loss under a liability policy

  In WR Berkley Insurance (Europe) Limited v Teal Assurance Company Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 25, the Court of Appeal upheld the first instance decision of Mr Justice Eder, and confirmed that the payment of monies into an escrow account did not constitute an insured loss under a liability insurance […]

Commercial Court provides guidance on interaction between aggregation and excess clauses

In Spire Healthcare v Royal Sun Alliance Insurance plc [2016] EWHC 3278, the claimant sought declarations to the effect that an insurance policy it held with the defendant insurer contained no operative aggregation clause such that the total cover available to it would be £20m (the aggregate limit of the policy). […]

Commercial Court dismisses appeal by reinsurers disputing that certain losses arising from the World Trade Centre attack in 2001 arose from one event

In Simmonds v Gammell [2016] EWHC 2515 (Comm) the respondent insurer had participated in various layers of an excess liability insurance programme, insuring the Port of New York (PONY). The appellant reinsurer had participated in one of the relevant reinsurance contracts, reinsuring the respondent. The reinsurance contract provided cover of […]

Supreme Court rules that “collateral lies” are no bar to a claim on an insurance policy

In Versloot Dredging v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG [2016] UKSC 45, the Supreme Court held that a claim which is supported by a fraudulent narrative will not be subject to forfeiture under the fraudulent claims rule provided that the claim itself was valid and that the lie had no […]

Supreme Court determines that a director cannot be liable to an employee under the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 for a failure to insure

In Campbell v Gordon [2016] UKSC 38 the appellant, Mr Campbell, was employed by a company as a joiner. Mr Gordon, the respondent, was the sole director of the company. Mr Campbell subsequently suffered an injury while working with a circular saw. Although the company had employers’ liability insurance, it […]