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CONSTRUCTION OF EXCLUSIONS IN INSURANCE POLICIES

In Crowden and Crowden v QBE Insurance (Europe) Ltd [2017] EWHC 2597 (Comm) the Commercial Court found in favour of the Defendant insurer on the disputed construction of an “insolvency” exclusion in a professional indemnity insurance policy.  The case is … Continue reading

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PRA proposes reforms to Solvency II regime

This article was first published on Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence. The PRA has published the first of three consultation papers (CP21/17) on reforming the Solvency II regime. The consultation reflects PRA experience of working with Solvency II since its introduction in … Continue reading

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EXTENDING THE SENIOR MANAGERS AND CERTIFICATION REGIME TO INSURERS

The UK Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) is being extended to all financial services firms during 2018. PRA and FCA proposals applying to insurers build on the Senior Insurance Managers Regime (SIMR) although the transition to the SMCR is … Continue reading

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Brexit and cross-border insurance contracts

On 14 September 2017, the UK Parliament published a letter from Nicky Morgan, Chair of the Treasury Committee, to Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, on insurers’ ability, post-Brexit, to service insurance contracts sold under passporting arrangements with a duration that … Continue reading

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LEGISLATING FOR THE UK’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EU

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was published by the Government in July 2017 and is the key piece of UK domestic legislation that will implement Brexit. Repeal of the European Communities Act: The principal purpose of the Bill is to … Continue reading

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PRA adopts questionable approach to regulatory compliance

Recent comments made by Sam Woods, CEO of the PRA, about the PRA’s approach to supervision are worrying.  A speech prepared for this year’s Building Societies Annual Conference (but not actually delivered) is relevant to all authorised firms, not just … Continue reading

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FCA Guidance Consultation paper GC17/5 “Proposed guidance on the FCA’s approach to the review of Part VII insurance business transfers”

In May 2017, the FCA published a guidance consultation paper (GC17/5) entitled “Proposed guidance on the FCA’s approach to the review of Part VII insurance business transfers”. The draft guidance in this document sets out the FCA’s approach to reviewing … Continue reading

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EIOPA opinion on supervisory convergence in light of the UK withdrawing from the EU

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published an opinion on supervisory convergence in light of the UK withdrawing from the EU.

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New Insurance Authority in Hong Kong begins regulation of insurers with enhanced powers

With effect from 26 June 2017, Hong Kong’s independent Insurance Authority (“IA”) assumed its regulatory responsibilities and replaced the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (“OCI”) in regulating insurers. The IA will be a much more powerful regulator than its predecessor, with … Continue reading

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PRA consults on amendments to the Senior Insurance Managers Regime (SIMR)

The PRA has published a consultation paper (CP8/17), which includes proposed amendments and optimisations to the Senior Insurance Managers Regime (SIMR).  It also includes a proposal to strengthen governance through requiring insurers to take steps to encourage board diversity.  This CP … Continue reading

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