Findings of the FRC’s Audit Committee research point towards audit sector reform

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has just published the outcome of new research into the approach that Audit Committee Chairs (ACCs) take to audit quality. The findings suggest inconsistency among ACCs on what constitutes audit quality, and how it should be approached, which the FRC says “lends weight to the proposals for reforms in the audit sector”.

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BI Insurance Update – FCA publishes draft guidance on proving the presence of COVID-19

At the end of last week, the FCA announced that it had commenced a consultation exercise on a piece of draft guidance it has prepared to assist policyholders, insurers and insurance intermediaries to prove the presence or otherwise of COVID-19 in a particular area, which is a requirement of some Business Interruption (BI) policies.

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High Court holds insurer is unable to aggregate claims related to theft under PI insurance policy

In the recent decision of Baines v Dixon Coles and Gill (A Firm) and others [2020] EWHC 2809, the High Court held that claims against a firm of solicitors regarding the theft of client funds by a former partner, could not be aggregated by the professional indemnity (PI) insurer.

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FCA reminds firms to review value of their insurance products in light of impact of COVID-19

The FCA has just released a statement reminding insurance firms of the guidance that it published back in June, which set out its expectations for insurers and insurance intermediaries to consider the value of their products in light of the exceptional circumstances arising from the pandemic.

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