Category: UK

Supreme Court Finds in Favour of Policyholders in FCA COVID-19 Test Case

This morning the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the FCA COVID-19 test case, heard on a leapfrog appeal (bypassing the Court of Appeal) from the first instance decision of Lord Justice Flaux and Mr. Justice Butcher (see our previous blogs here and here). The judgment can be accessed […]

FCA Publishes Draft Guidance on Proving the Presence of COVID-19

On 11 December, the Financial Conduct Authority published draft guidance on how the presence of COVID-19 can be proved where that is a necessary element of establishing a business interruption claim on a property damage policy. The draft has been launched as a consultation exercise, with the period for comment […]

Halliburton v Chubb: Supreme Court Rules on Arbitrator Impartiality

In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court has recently handed down a judgment of critical importance addressing an arbitrator’s duty of impartiality and obligation to make disclosure. The case relates to the Deepwater Horizon incident and claims made by two insureds, Halliburton and Transocean, on their Bermuda Form policies with […]

Lloyd’s Part VII Transfer Approved by English High Court

With Lloyd’s syndicates due to lose their EEA passporting rights on 31 December 2020, on 25 November the English High Court sanctioned a Part VII transfer of all policies (or parts of policies) insuring EEA risks from the syndicates to Lloyd’s Insurance Company, Brussels (‘LIC’). From the end of the […]

FCA Test Case: The Perils of Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19

Richard Hopley and Sam Tacey have recently published an article in Zeitschrift für Versicherungswesen concerning the recent FCA test case. It can be read here. Since the article was published, the Supreme Court has confirmed it will hear a leapfrog appeal of the decision in a four day hearing commencing […]

UK Supreme Court to Hear FCA Business Interruption Test Case Appeal

On 2 November, the UK Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeals against the judgment of Lord Justice Flaux and Mr. Justice Butcher (sitting as a Divisional Court), handed down on 15 September in the Financial Conduct Authority’s COVID-19 business interruption insurance test case. The appeal will commence on 16 […]

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 […]

Reinsurance in the Time of COVID-19 – Part 3

In part 3 of our blog series on reinsurance issues arising from COVID-19, we consider the implications of “reopening” the economy on reinsurance exposure.

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, […]