Articles by Huw Jones and Carolyn Cohn

British Regulator Enlists 8 Insurers in Pandemic Test Case of Business Interruption Cover

Insurers including Hiscox, RSA and QBE will take part in a UK test case to decide whether their policies should pay out millions of pounds to companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the industry regulator said on Monday. A national …

UK Financial Services Firms Weigh Options for Post-Coronavirus Work Arrangements

Many of the City of London’s bankers and traders will be working from their kitchens or bedrooms for at least a year under some scenarios being planned by finance companies in Britain. Banks, insurance companies and asset managers have had …

National Governments Must Help Provide Insurance for Future Lockdowns: EU Regulator

National governments must help provide insurance cover for future lockdowns, the industry’s European Union regulator said on Monday, as the private sector cannot afford to provide such broad coverage on its own. Countries have introduced lockdowns to fight the coronavirus …

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 …

Brexit Trade Talks Back on Agenda After COVID-19 Hiatus, Facing Tight Timetable

Banks are dusting off their no-deal Brexit plans as concerns deepen that Britain and the European Union won’t agree a trade deal by December as the COVID-19 pandemic compounds fundamental disagreements over future relations. Financial services exports to the EU …

British Court Awards $11 Million to EY Whistleblower Who Exposed Money Laundering

A British court awarded $11 million in damages and expenses on Friday [April 17] to a former partner at global accounting firm Ernst & Young who exposed money laundering at a major gold refinery in the United Arab Emirates. Amjad …

UK Insurers, Banks Are Weathering Effects on Capital of COVID-19 Crisis: BoE’s Woods

Britain’s banks have enough funds to keep lending to the economy even under the deep recession scenario outlined by a government watchdog, Bank of England Deputy Governor Sam Woods said on Wednesday. The BoE has allowed banks to tap 23 …

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 …

UK Financial Services Could Fare Less Well in U.S. Trade Deal than Energy, Cars

Britain’s financial services industry could fare less well than energy, autos and other sectors under a free trade deal with the United States, the government said on Monday. Britain said in its negotiating mandate for a free trade agreement (FTA) …