Judgment handed down in FCA’s COVID-19 business interruption insurance test case

The High Court has today handed down judgment in the COVID-19 Business Interruption insurance test case of The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others. Herbert Smith Freehills represented the FCA (who was advancing the claim for policyholders) in the case, which considered 21 lead sample wordings from eight insurers. Following expedited proceedings, the judgment … Read more

New series of webcasts on the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

The new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, which came into effect on 26 June 2020, could have a significant impact on companies in distress and their creditors, particularly landlords, suppliers, financial services providers and pension schemes. Our Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency team have produced a series of short, informative and user-friendly webcasts focusing on … Read more

Supreme Court confirms existence and scope of “reflective loss” rule

The Supreme Court’s judgment in Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd [2020] UKSC 31 has been eagerly anticipated by financial institutions and brings much needed clarity in respect of the so-called “reflective loss” principle, first established in Prudential Assurance Co Ltd v Newman Industries Ltd (No 2) [1982] Ch 204. By a majority of 4-3, the … Read more

Proposed insolvency reforms: Impact on supply chains and their customers

As previously noted, the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, currently expected to be enacted in mid-June 2020, is likely significantly to impact many supplies of goods and services to companies that are or may be in financial distress. However, the effects are sufficiently far-reaching that they could impact the balance of rights in all … Read more

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill – major insolvency reforms proposed

The Government on 20 May 2020 published the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, which contains the most far-reaching reforms to UK insolvency law in over 30 years. The Bill has been introduced on an emergency basis in an attempt to ensure that otherwise financially viable companies survive during a period of unprecedented interruption and turmoil. … Read more