Articles by Lawrence White, Carolyn Cohn and Pamela Barbaglia

When UK Insurers, Banks Emerge from Lockdown, Their Employees Face New Normal

Limits on elevators, thermal imaging and temperature checks will greet a first wave of traders and bankers in Britain preparing to return to offices under new norms to tackle the coronavirus. Britain’s financial sector is working to bring staff back …

UK’s Aviva Expects COVID-19-Related Claims of Nearly $200 Million

British insurer Aviva expects 160 million pounds ($195 million) in claims related to the coronavirus pandemic and weaker second quarter sales, it said on Thursday, as government lockdowns aimed at containing the virus hit the global economy. Insurers globally are …

Insurers Zurich and Chubb Raise Cover for Canada Oil Sands Pipeline: Filings

Major insurers Zurich and Chubb increased their insurance cover for a Canadian oil sands pipeline over the last year, Canadian regulatory filings show. The Trans Mountain pipeline, which ships types of crude oil and refined products to British Columbia from …

UK Regulator Seeks Court Review in July to Resolve COVID-19 Insurance Dispute

Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) aims to get business interruption insurance policies examined by a court as soon as July, a member of a policyholder action group said on Thursday. The Hiscox Action Group, which is seeking to sue Hiscox …

Forced Payouts of Pandemic Claims Risk Insurers’ Financial Stability: Regulators

Forcing retroactive payouts to cover business disruption losses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic could ultimately put financial stability at risk, global insurance regulators said. Disputes over cover for businesses struggling to stay afloat during coronavirus lockdowns have erupted in countries …

UK Regulator Wants Courts to Clarify Wording of Disputed Business Interruption Policies

Britain’s financial watchdog said on Friday it would urgently ask the courts to clarify uncertainty over whether businesses can claim compensation for disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also told all insurers to assess whether …

Top Insurers Face Lawsuit from UK Hospitality Sector on Rejected Biz Interruption Claims

Top insurers such as AXA, RSA, QBE and Zurich face a potential multi-million-pound lawsuit from British pubs, hotels, restaurants and leisure groups, who allege that legitimate business interruption claims have been rejected. A new Hospitality Insurance Action Group (HIGA) on …

Analysis: Insurers Feel Rising Legal Heat for COVID-19 Business Interruption Exclusions

Daniel Duckett, owner of the Lazy Claire patisserie in Belfast, was hoping for an insurance payout of up to 100,000 pounds ($123,460.00) to cover losses during the coronavirus lockdown. Now he fears for the future as he battles for the …

UK Insurers in Talks with Government About Creating Trade Credit Backstop

British insurers are talking to the government about a backstop for trade credit insurance to support business supply chains hit by the coronavirus pandemic, an industry trade body said. States such as France, Germany and the Netherlands are giving guarantees …

Many Insurance Policies Bought by Small UK Firms Don’t Cover Pandemic: Regulator

Most insurance policies bought by smaller UK companies do not cover disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but those that do should make interim pay-outs quickly, a watchdog said on Wednesday, as insurers come under fire for being slow to …