All posts by Sam Tacey

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 […]

Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 to come into force in August 2016

A statutory instrument has recently been passed providing that the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 will, finally, come into force on 1 August 2016, some six years after it was first passed.

Enterprise Bill receives royal assent

On 4 May 2016 the Enterprise Bill received royal assent and will come into force in May next year. From an insurance perspective, the Enterprise Act 2016 will have important ramifications, as it introduces amendments to the Insurance Act 2015 allowing for damages to be claimed for the late payment of […]

Supreme Court considers compensation under the Riot Act

In The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd & Ord [2016] UKSC 18, the Supreme Court ruled on the quantification of compensation available to insurers under the Riot Act 1886, following insured losses caused by the London riots in 2011. The principal issue […]

Court of Appeal approves third party costs order against an insurer

In Legg & Ors v Sterte Garage Ltd and Aviva UK Limited [2016] EWCA Civ 97, the Court of Appeal upheld the first instance decision that a third party costs order made against the defendant insurer was justified in circumstances where there was ample evidence that the insurer had acted […]