COVID-19 and business interruption insurance—cover for ‘Plague’ (Rockliffe Hall v Travelers Insurance)

In a recent article written for LexisNexis UK PSL Insurance & Reinsurance, Martyn Naylor looks at the recent High Court decision in Rockliffe Hall v Travelers Insurance. One of the many topical insurance issues left unresolved by the recent Supreme Court ‘test case’ on business interruption insurance is whether there was cover for losses arising from […]

17th March 2021

IPBA Webinar: COVID Business Interruption Insurance – the UK Supreme Court decision on coverage

On 15 January 2021 the UK Supreme Court delivered its judgment in the Covid business interruption insurance test case. The judgment concludes coverage arguments in litigation that initially spanned 21 types of policy issued by 8 insurers, but affected 370,000 policyholders and 700 types of policies issued by 60 insurers. The approach taken by the […]

The Supreme Court’s Judgment in the Covid-19 Business Interruption Insurance Test Case Breaks New Ground on Causation and overturns the Orient Express

On Friday 15th January, the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated Judgment in the FCA Test Case relating to Covid Business Insurance, The FCA v Arch & Others [2021] UKSC 1. This is undoubtedly one of the most significant decisions in insurance law in a long time – not just because it decides whether […]

18th January 2021

Supreme Court decision in FCA business interruption insurance test case

The Supreme Court has handed down the final judgment in the case of The Financial Conduct Authority v. Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and Others. The Business interruption insurance test case determines whether existing business interruption insurance policies will cover policy holders for business lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rachel Ansell QC and Martyn Naylor […]

15th January 2021

FCA Business Interruption insurance test case

The Commercial Court has handed down judgment in the COVID-19 Business Interruption insurance test case of The Financial Conduct Authority v. Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and Others [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm). These expedited proceedings concerned numerous sample wordings of business interruption policies from eight leading insurers and were commenced in June 2020, leading to an urgent two week […]

17th September 2020

UK Government’s “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour” – toothless for now, but laying foundations for further measures

On 7 May 2020, the Government published a document entitled “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the COVID-19 emergency” (the “guidance”). In this short article, Sean Brannigan QC and Kajetan Wandowicz summarise the guidance, and discuss its potential implications for commercial parties. It was prepared jointly by the Cabinet Office and […]

12th May 2020

Chambers & Partners 2020 Rankings

4 Pump Court are delighted to be recognised in the latest edition of Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2020. Our barristers have been described as ‘precise, detail-led’ and ‘top-notch overall’, supported by an ‘incredibly commercial’ clerking team, providing a ‘consistently excellent service’. Chambers and Partners have ranked 4 Pump Court in the following areas: Commercial […]

10th October 2019

Legal 500 2019 Rankings

4 Pump Court are delighted to be recognised in the latest edition of the Legal 500 UK Guide. Chambers have been described as ‘setting the standard for commercial sets’ with a ‘raft of top quality barristers’. Our clerks have been described as helping the ‘solicitor/counsel dynamic feel like a proper team’ and ‘really going out […]

27th September 2019

4 Pump Court sponsor Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) launch in London

We are pleased to announce that 4 Pump Court will be the exclusive chambers sponsor of the FOIL launch event in London on 17th July 2019. Over the past 25 years, FOIL has established itself as the leading voice for lawyers engaged in the defence of insurance-related claims. London FOIL comprises specialist lawyers from different […]

2nd July 2019

Legal 500 2018 and Chambers & Partners 2019 Rankings

4 Pump Court are delighted to be recognised in the latest editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. We have been described as ‘in a class of our own’ having ‘remained a leading London set for commercial, construction, and insurance/reinsurance work’. Furthermore, the success of our juniors, described as ‘a rising force’, has […]

30th October 2018

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2018

We are delighted to announce that 4 Pump Court have been highly ranked in this year’s Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide, including as a band 1 set for Information Technology and Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction. We received special praise for our client service, being characterised as “the best in the London market, standing […]

2nd November 2017

R&S Pilling t/as Phoenix Engineering v UK Insurance

Michael Davie QC acted for the successful appellant and its property insurer in R&S Pilling t/as Phoenix Engineering v UK Insurance [2017] EWCA Civ 259. The Court of Appeal held that the policyholder’s liability for fire damage arising from the insured’s off-road repair of his vehicle was covered by the wording of his motor insurance […]

28th April 2017

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