Coverage for ‘Doomsday or Armageddon’ data breach class actions: insurance implications of the Court of Appeal’s decision to confirm Morrisons’ vicarious liability for employee’s deliberate actions

In the recent judgment in Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 233 the Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against the High Court’s decision that Morrisons was vicariously liable for its employee’s misuse of data, despite: (i) Morrisons having done as much as it reasonably could to prevent the misuse; and … Read more

Brokers’ negligence – guidance on the scope of the duty and causation

In Dalamd Limited v Butterworth Spengler Commercial Limited [2018] EWHC 2558 (Comm), Mr Justice Butcher considered a negligence claim against the Defendant insurance broker arising out of a fire at a waste recycling facility. The insured’s claim succeeded in part. In his decision, the Judge provided a useful recap on brokers’ duties, in particular their … Read more

Sanctions clauses in a Changing sanctions regime

In Mamancochet Mining Limited v Aegis Managing Agency Limited and Others [2018] EWHC 2643, the High Court held that, in order to avoid payment of a claim, insurers were required to show that payment would expose them to sanctions under US or EU law. A mere exposure to the risk of a sanction was not … Read more

Brexit Continuity Clauses: what policyholders need to know

We have assisted Airmic to produce a guide for policyholders on Continuity Clauses, which some in the insurance market are using to prepare for the impact of Brexit. The clauses aim to provide a level of contract continuity in the event that the UK leaves the EU without suitable transitional arrangements being put in place … Read more

Court of Appeal upholds payment of costs by non-party insurer

In Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v XYZ [2018] EWCA Civ 1099, the Court of Appeal upheld an order for costs against an unsuccessful Defendant’s insurer, under section 51 of the Senior Courts Act 1981. Even though the claims in issue were uninsured, the insurer had paid the costs of the defence and influenced the conduct … Read more