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BI Insurance Update – FCA publishes draft guidance on proving the presence of COVID-19

At the end of last week, the FCA announced that it had commenced a consultation exercise on a piece of draft guidance it has prepared to assist policyholders, insurers and insurance intermediaries to prove the presence or otherwise of COVID-19 in a particular area, which is a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.… Continue Reading

Latest BI insurance Court ruling – Loss of use because of lockdown does not constitute loss of property

In another ruling on the issue of post-Lockdown claims under business interruption (BI) insurance policies, the High Court last week summarily dismissed an action brought by a London crêperie, holding that its reliance on its policy with Allianz Insurance plc (Allianz) could only be triggered by physical loss of property as opposed to merely temporary … Continue Reading

Win for FCA and some relief for policyholders in High Court BI insurance test case

The High Court ruled yesterday in favour of the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA“) on what the FCA describes as the “majority of the key issues” in its test case on insurance cover for business interruption (“BI“) losses incurred during the COVID-19  pandemic and subsequent Government imposed lockdown. The decision means that insurers may now have … Continue Reading

Insurers in call to cancel professional indemnity insurance for solicitors who are struggling to pay premiums

Earlier this month, the International Underwriting Association (“IUA“), the body representing underwriters in London that are separate from Lloyd’s, penned an open letter calling on the legal industry to allow insurers to cancel professional indemnity policies when lawyers fail to pay their premiums in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.… Continue Reading

Government to provide COVID-19 insurance for film and TV productions

Following its intervention in the trade credit insurance market back in May, the UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has just announced the launch of a Government-backed scheme worth £500 million pounds for domestic film and TV productions that are struggling to get COVID-19 related insurance. The inability of producers to access such insurance through the … Continue Reading

Regulatory investigations: High Court confirms auditors should decide whether client documents are privileged

In the recent decision of A v B and another [2020] EWHC 1491, the High Court decided that where an auditor is required to provide documents to a regulator, and the auditor’s client asserts privilege over such documents, it is for the auditor to decide whether the documents are in fact privileged and therefore should not … Continue Reading

Commercial Court confirms Pre-Action Disclosure is not the norm

Earlier this month, in Carillion Plc (in liquidation) (“Carillion“) v KPMG LLP & Anor (“KPMG“) [2020] EWHC 1416, the Commercial Court dismissed Carillion’s application for pre-action disclosure by KPMG. The Court confirmed that to obtain an order for pre-action disclosure in the Commercial Court, the circumstances must be outside the “usual run” and the case … Continue Reading