Alice Carse and Thomas Steward join 4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is delighted to welcome Alice Carse and Thomas Steward to Chambers. Alice practises in commercial dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on insurance and professional negligence, industrial relations and employment. She is recognised as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Thomas practises in commercial litigation and arbitration, with […]

4th May 2022

Success for Quentin Tannock in the Court of Appeal in a significant case considering pure economic loss, scope of duty of care and title to sue in bailment

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in an appeal addressing important issues in the law of negligence and the law of bailment. Quentin Tannock appeared against a QC and a junior and successfully resisted the appeal on behalf of the Defendant, Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Company Limited (‘RSA’). The case, Armstead v Royal […]

29th April 2022

IRLA Handbook 2021

The Insurance and Reinsurance Legacy Association (IRLA) will be publishing the IRLA Handbook: All You Need to Know About Legacy on 11 November 2021. Gideon Shirazi authored the chapters on: Cyber liabilities – the intended cover vs the expected cover Arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution The Handbook is currently available for pre-order direct from […]

26th October 2021

An Insurer’s Questions: Interpretation and Waiver

The questions that an insurer asks prospective insureds on an application for insurance, and the answers given in response, can have important ramifications on the parties’ rights and obligations going forward. The proper interpretation of those questions can often prove crucial in determining whether the insured has complied with their obligation to disclose material facts […]

23rd September 2021

Who’s Who Legal Rankings 2021

We are delighted to have been ranked in the Who’s Who Legal 2021 Guides. Those below have been recognised for their expertise in the following areas: Arbitration Nicholas Vineall QC – National Guide Rachel Ansell QC – National Guide Civil Fraud Nigel Tozzi QC – National Leader Construction Sean Brannigan QC – Global Guide and […]

4th June 2021

Mek Mesfin joins 4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court are delighted to welcome Mek Mesfin to Chambers with effect from 24th May. Mek practises in commercial dispute resolution, with particular expertise in insurance & reinsurance, professional indemnity, construction, energy & infrastructure, arbitration, property damage, sale of goods, product liability, insolvency and jurisdictional/conflict of law disputes. Heads of Chambers, Nick Vineall QC […]

17th May 2021

Armstead v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company Limited: Case Note

A recent decision in a lower court, now possibly on its way to the Court of Appeal, has opened up interesting legal questions on the extent of a negligent party’s liability in bailment and tort for damage to hired equipment. Legal argument in a two day appeal hearing, in front of Recorder Benson QC sitting […]

19th April 2021

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

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