COVID 19 – PRA and FCA guidance on key workers in financial services

The UK Government has published guidance requesting that schools and other educational institutions provide limited care for children whose parents have roles that are critical to the COVID-19 response. This includes parents working in certain financial services roles, including in the insurance sector, that are essential to the functioning of the economy (referred to as … Read more

New Brexit Legal Guide section available: Insurance

The updated Insurance section of our Brexit Legal Guide is now available. This provides a useful overview, amongst other things, of whether the end of the transition period: requires incoming EEA (re)insurers and (re)insurance intermediaries to apply for, and obtain, full authorisation for their UK operations; will impact UK firms wishing to conduct activities in other jurisdictions without … Read more

INSURANCE AND REINSURANCE DISPUTES ANNUAL REVIEW OF 2019 PUBLISHED

We are pleased to share with you our Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes Annual Review of 2019, published today, which provides an overview and analysis of the key cases and developments affecting those engaged in or with contentious matters in the insurance and reinsurance market. Please click here or on the picture below to access the … Read more

FCA warns CEOs to tackle non-financial misconduct

The FCA has warned CEOs that how a firm handles non-financial misconduct is indicative of a firm's culture. It is the FCA's view that embedding healthy cultures includes, therefore, taking steps to address the discrimination, harassment and bullying that remains "prevalent" in firms. In a 'Dear CEO' letter (the Letter), which follows recent incidents in the wholesale general insurance sector, the FCA considers the need for fundamental change in firms' culture and calls on leaders to bring about that change. Read more

FCA publishes finalised guidance on GI distribution chain

Further to its thematic review on the general insurance distribution chain (TR19/2), the FCA has published its final guidance on the general insurance distribution chain. The guidance builds on existing rules applicable to both manufacturers and distributors of both general insurance and pure protection products, and clarifies the FCA's expectations in respect of product development, distribution and review. Read more

New regulatory regime for insurance intermediaries in Hong Kong takes effect

The new statutory regime for the regulation of insurance intermediaries in Hong Kong takes effect today. This represents the final stage of implementation of the reforms which established the Insurance Authority (IA) as Hong Kong’s independent insurance regulator. The IA assumed the regulatory responsibilities of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance in June 2017 and has taken over the regulation of insurance intermediaries (agents and brokers) from  three self-regulatory organisations (SROs) from today. Requirements relating to the intermediary management function, one of the control functions of an authorised insurer, have also come into effect. The IA will be responsible for all aspects of regulation of insurance intermediaries, including issuing rules, codes and guidelines, approving licences, monitoring compliance, conducting inspections and investigations, and imposing disciplinary sanctions where breaches have occurred. Read more

Updated Brexit Legal Guide launched

The outcome of the June 2016 UK referendum on EU membership ushered in a period of increasing political turmoil in the UK. When I wrote an introduction to the first edition of this legal guide my colleagues and I had a clear view that leaving the EU would take far longer and be far more complex than most other commentators were saying, but I did not anticipate then that over three years later we would have so little clarity on the UK and EU’s long term relationship with each other.  Nor that polarisation of views on all sides would have increased still further, leading to political deadlock. This updated Brexit Legal Guide addresses the legal position if the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal and picks out the key pieces of legislation that will soon be in force if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.  I hope you will find it useful. Read more