Fintech 2021: from crisis to consolidation

For most people, life and work have changed fundamentally since the Covid-19 crisis began and there are concerns that the crisis could still worsen again. Most areas of the world’s economy have been profoundly affected too, and the Fintech sector is no exception. Fintech has been both an epicentre of the crisis – and has … Read more

Sporting Event Cancellation Insurance: Will it play ball or be kicked into touch?

By RICHARD LIDDELL QC, 4 NEW SQUARE AND SARAH MCNALLY, PARTNER,  HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS This article was first published by 4 New Square here. Many events, including music, theatre, conferences and exhibitions have been cancelled or postponed in the wake of COVID-19 and more will follow. Sporting events at grassroots and professional level have also been hit hard.  The most … Read more

POLICYHOLDER INSURANCE HIGHLIGHTS 2019

Read our assessment of the key lessons for insurance policyholders based on last year’s top cases and market developments. This unique publication focuses on business implications and learnings for insurance policyholders, including: The insurance market continues to harden: as renewal negotiations with insurers get more difficult, seek to maintain broad coverage in your existing policy … 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

High Court grants anti-suit injunction, having found that the parties to an insurance policy had agreed to arbitration despite a Service of Suit clause

In Hiscox Dedicated Corporate Member v Weyerhaeuser Co [2019] EWHC 2671 (Comm), the High Court (the English Court) continued an anti-suit injunction against the defendant (Weyerhaeuser), having been satisfied to a high degree of probability that the parties had agreed to submit their dispute to London arbitration. The central question was one of contractual interpretation: … Read more

First English Law Decision on WELCAR Offshore Construction Form

In what is understood to be the first English law decision on a policy underwritten on the WELCAR form, Mrs Justice Carr in the Commercial Court in Munich Re Capital Limited v Ascot Corporate Name Limited [2019] EWHC 2768 (Comm) held that there was no maintenance cover under a facultative excess of loss reinsurance contract … Read more

Insurance issues in class actions – new webinar and “handy client guide”

Herbert Smith Freehills has today released a webinar looking at insurance issues in class actions. In the presentation Sarah McNally and Greig Anderson discuss how to maximise insurance recoveries when class action risk arises. Clients and contacts of the firm can register to access the archived version by contacting Webinars. The webinar is the fourth in our series of webinars … Read more