Coronavirus Information

31st July 2020

31st July

The High Court hearing of the FCA’s business interruption insurance (BI) test case has reached its conclusion. Over the course of an 8-day hearing, two High Court judges have heard arguments from counsel on behalf of both the FCA and insurers, concerning how BI policies should respond to the losses suffered by policyholders whose businesses have been affected by Covid-19 and resultant government measures. In light of the pandemic, proceedings were conducted remotely via video-link and publicly live-streamed.

The judges noted that judgment may be a more onerous task to write than anticipated and cannot be rushed, given the importance that this case will have on many different parties and individuals. However, they advised that their aim was to issue judgment by late September.

15th July - FCA Business Interruption test case

You will be aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the cover provided by insurers under Business Interruption (BI) insurance. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is seeking legal clarity and certainty around this issue by holding a ‘test case’ in court against a range of BI policy wordings that are representative of the key issues in dispute between policyholders and insurers. www.fca.org.uk/firms/business-interruption-insurance

We welcome the FCA’s review process which sets out to resolve some key contractual uncertainties  and causation issues to provide clarity for policyholders and insurers. We have reviewed our policies carefully and will be contacting customers and brokers if their claim relates to a test case in accordance with the FCA guidance. We will continue to keep brokers and customers informed more generally by updating our frequently asked questions on the commercial broker and customer section below.

We will continue to keep brokers and customers informed more generally by updating our frequently asked questions on the commercial broker and customer section below but would encourage customers to contact their brokers in the first instance if they have queries.

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This world-wide health crisis that we are facing for the first time in our lifetimes has a major impact on our personal and professional lives. Our priorities in facing the challenges of this unprecedented situation are protecting people - our employees, customers, suppliers, brokers and partners – as well as continuing business operations as best we can to continue to meet the needs of our customers.

As of 31st March 2020, we’re pleased to have all of our workforce working from home, this was an incredible achievement to implement in less than two weeks and made possible by the outstanding commitment of all our people, going above and beyond all expectations to adapt to new ways of working and create an individual and collective resilience. As always, the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, suppliers, business partners and customers is of utmost importance to us, whilst being able to continue to service and support our brokers and customers through the challenges ahead.

These are unprecedented times and the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, but we continue to follow the advice provided by the Government.

Our phone lines are being diverted and emails are being picked up, but due to the unique challenges of working from home, coupled with the large increase in the volume of enquiries, it is taking us longer than usual to respond so please do bear with us and we thank you for your understanding. 

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