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Insurers remain reluctant to pay business...

Posted in Dispute Resolution on 3rd Mar 2021
On 28 February 2021 the Sunday Times reported that FTSE 250 insurer Hiscox offered a struggling East London café owner £13.00 in settlement of its business interruption claim. The London café claimed for more than 3 months’ loss, comprising of £1,600 a month in rent and £2,500 a month in stock, after it faced closure due to the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The café had said it had been “battling bankruptcy” due to closure, like many other businesses in the UK today. It was reported by sources close to the FTSE insurer that only...

“Gangsta Granny” partners actions considered...

Posted in Professional Negligence on 9th Mar 2021
In 2017 Linda Box who was an equity partner in the firm Dixon Coles and Gill pleaded guilty to 12 offences of dishonesty involving the misappropriation of just over 4 million pounds and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 7 years. The firm of solicitors in which she was an equity partner established for some 200 years was forced to close. In the High Court in “Lord Bishop of Leeds v Dixon Coles And Gill (A Firm) & Ors”, the remaining partners were faced with 2 separate claims which were the subject of an application for summary judgment....

Business Interruption Claims and The Enterprise...

Posted in General News on 8th Mar 2021
Late payments of valid insurance claims Historically, an insured person or business had no right of action against their insurers for the late payment of valid insurance claims (the common law position). Following the enactment of The Enterprise Act 2016, on 4th May 2017, insurance and reinsurance contracts written from that date will be subject to a statutory duty to pay claims to insureds within a reasonable period of time. Failure to do so will enable insureds to recover unlimited damages caused by the late payment of claims from their insurer....

Have you checked your business interruption...

Posted in Dispute Resolution on 24th Feb 2021
As many people will already know, the Supreme Court recently ruled in favour of small businesses whose insurers have refused to pay claims for business interruption losses as a result of the lockdowns from the past year. This means that hundreds of thousands of business owners across the country are now entitled to claim compensation, which could be a commercial lifeline at a time of severe economic strain. But, many will not come forward as they may not understand their insurance policy wording correctly or they may have already had their claim...
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