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Business interruption claims cases after the FCA test case

Online Published Date : 14 April 2022 | Appeared in issue: -

This review summarises and analyses several cases of business interruption insurance claims relating to Covid-19, starting with the UK Supreme Court decision in the Financial Conduct Authority test case handed down in January 2021. These cases arise from the common law jurisdictions of England and Wales, Ireland and Australia.

Business interruption insurance: denial of access clauses

Online Published Date : 29 April 2022 | Appeared in issue: Vol 34 No 4 - 29 April 2022

Corbin & King Ltd v Axa Insurance UK plc [2022] EWHC 409 (Comm) is the latest English decision to apply the reasoning of the decision of the Supreme Court in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd [2021] Lloyd’s Rep IR 63 on the application of business interruption cover to Covid-19. There were three issues in the present case: did the relevant clause cover Covid-19 losses; had the causal requirements been met; and how did the financial limits of the policy apply where a number of companies were all named assureds?

Motor insurance: avoidance of the policy

Online Published Date : 29 April 2022 | Appeared in issue: Vol 34 No 4 - 29 April 2022

The Court of Appeal in Colley v Motor Insurers’ Bureau [2022] EWCA Civ 360 considered the effects of an avoidance of a compulsory motor insurance policy before the victim had obtained judgment against the assured. Since November 2019 avoidance after the date of the accident has not been permissible, but this case concerned the unamended law and at a time when the UK remained subject to EU rules. The case is thus of historical interest only, but it may have implications for other cases of the same type.

Subrogation: risk allocation

Online Published Date : 29 April 2022 | Appeared in issue: Vol 34 No 4 - 29 April 2022

The Court of Appeal in Herculito Maritime Ltd and Others v Gunvor International BV and Others (The Polar) [2021] EWCA Civ 1828 has affirmed the first instance judgment of Sir Nigel Teare on issues arising out of the insurance arrangements in a charterparty. The main questions were: had the shipowners agreed to grant immunity to the charterers for general average contributions by accepting an obligation to insure against piracy risks with the charterers paying the premiums; and if there was such immunity, did it extend to the holders of the bills of lading.