19 March 2020
Covid-19: Pressure Points: Business interruption and event cancellations. What are the possible insurance implications? (Updated 19 March) (Global)
COVID-19 has been affecting life and businesses around the globe. The developments over the last few days have been moving fast: the World Health Organisation declared the disease as pandemic, COVID-19 has now been categorised by various governments (including those of the United Kingdom) as a...
18 February 2020
Covid-19: Governance: Insurance losses and considerations for policyholders (Australia)
The various restrictions being put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 are causing significant disruption to supply chain logistics for businesses all over the world. Many Australian policyholders are asking: can the adverse financial consequences of the interruption be claimed on insurance...
30 January 2020
Unfolding privacy class actions in Australia
Claimants in Australia face a number of challenges to successfully bringing a privacy class action, including the absence of a clear cause of action and difficulties in quantifying loss. Despite the challenges, on 9 December 2019, the Supreme Court of NSW in Evans v Health Administration...
07 August 2019
Policyholder successfully appeals refusal to apply one deductible to multiple claims in Class Action
In good news for policyholders defending class actions, the NSW Court of Appeal has ruled that multiple claims in a class action against Bank of Queensland over a “Ponzi scheme” should be treated as a single claim under the Civil Liability Policy’s aggregation clause, meaning that only one...
11 July 2019
ICO’s proposed largest ever fine of £183 million against BA prompts the question: can you insure penalties imposed for breach of GDPR?
The UK’s data protection authority, the ICO, has announced twice in two days this week that it proposes to levy significant fines on organisations for breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ), which took effect in May 2018. First it announced that it intends to fine British...
26 March 2019
Accessing a deregistered policyholder’s cover, and the need to consider exclusions carefully in context
A recent case 1 in the financial services sector illustrates that: A counterparty being deregistered is not the endpoint for insurance claims. Claimants can access liability insurance policy proceeds even when the policyholder is in liquidation and deregistered. Exclusions should be carefully...
01 March 2019
Statutory limitation period for a court action to be filed against insurers runs from the date of the loss, not the date of declinature
Key takeaways The New South Wales Court of Appeal has held that a policyholder’s cause of action against an insurer arises when the insured event occurs, not when indemnity is declined and, as a result, a policyholder’s court proceedings which were commenced more than 6 years after the date of the...
07 February 2019
Insurance and reinsurance disputes annual review 2018 published
We are pleased to share with you our Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes Annual Review of 2018, 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.
24 October 2018
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 We recently updated you on the Court of Appeal's decision in Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants  EWCA Civ 233. Click here for our full analysis...
07 September 2020
London International Disputes Week 2020
We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
01 June 2020
COVID-19: Pressure points: Workplace pensions – 4 cost saving steps for employers (UK)
As the economic impact of Covid-19 and the measures introduced to restrict its spread continues to be felt, many employers are inevitably looking for ways to reduce costs and preserve cash. As far as pensions are concerned, the primary focus to date has been on the scope for employers with defined...
29 May 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: Summary of Key Support And Guidance for Charities and Social Enterprises (UK)
This note sets out a high-level summary of key announcements regarding funding, support, and guidance available for social enterprises and charities as of 29 May 2020. Please note that changes and announcements are made regularly; updates should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
29 May 2020
Clearer guidance provided: the takeovers panel’s new equity derivatives guidance note
The Takeovers Panel has finally issued its updated guidance on the public disclosure of equity derivatives. This update guidance was published almost a year to the day after the Panel’s public consultation process closed. This article outlines what has changed.
29 May 2020
HKMA publishes report on bank culture self-assessment
On 22 May 2020, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority ( HKMA ) published a report on its review of self-assessments on bank culture. This is part of the HKMA’s bank culture reform supervisory measures, where 30 authorised institutions ( AIs ) were selected in the initial phase to conduct self-...
29 May 2020
COVID-19 exposes M&A risks
Each time our markets experience a major downturn we see bidders trying to extricate themselves from previously announced transactions. If there is a breach of a bid condition, this may be possible, but it typically gives rise to disputes and uncertainty, particularly if the bidder is proceeding...
28 May 2020
COVID-19: People: Post-lockdown issues for employers (UK)
On 11 May 2020 the UK Government published its roadmap for coming out of lockdown, providing for a (conditional) phased return of schools and businesses over the coming months and subject to continuing social distancing requirements. Employers who shut down or reduced their operations at the start...
28 May 2020
ПРАВОВОЕ РЕГУЛИРОВАНИЕ ВТОРИЧНОГО РЫНКА СИНДИЦИРОВАННОГО КРЕДИТОВАНИЯ ПО РОССИЙСКОМУ ПРАВУ
Правовое регулирование вторичного рынка синдицированного кредитования играет важную роль в создании условий для привлечения на вторичный рынок максимального количества участников и, соответственно, развития российской банковской системы и экономики России в целом.
27 May 2020
Tax Treaty Interpretation: The Limits of Fiction
In Fowler v HMRC  UKSC 22, the Supreme Court determined that a statutory fiction created by a deeming provision of UK tax law did not affect how the terms of a bilateral tax treaty should be applied. In particular, the Supreme Court held that although the UK deeming provision in question...
27 May 2020
COVID-19: Governance: Changes to UK insolvency law undermine position of DB schemes and the PPF (UK)
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...
27 May 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: Opportunities to acquire IP assets in a changing world (Global)
As governments around the world take the first tentative steps to ease lockdown measures, people and businesses are beginning to focus on a return to work or at least a resumption of more normal business processes. However, it is clear that a large number of businesses, sadly, will not survive in...
27 May 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: Sector update: Infraestructuras y Contratación pública nº 1 Mayo 2020 (Spain)
Bienvenido a la primera edición de nuestro update de infraestructuras y contratación pública. Aquí encontrarás algunas de las principales novedades más destacadas del sector. Esperamos que te sea de utilidad.