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Tractable appoints first UK GC from fintech

Insurtech Tractable has brought in a senior lawyer from GoCardless as its new group general counsel. Caroline O’Connor, who was previously deputy GC at fintech GoCardless, joins Tractable as its legal chief. The business has a GC in the US, Antony Pfeffer, but O’Connor will be the first lawyer in the UK to build out […]

Bolttech GC exits for new role at Howden

The general counsel of digital insurance broker Bolttech has left the company after less than a year, as she prepares to join Howden Group Holdings. Only last February Frances Coates had become the European general counsel of Bolttech, a digital insurance broker launched last year as a result of the rebranding of formerly known Frank […]

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DWF downgrades US association in expansion bid

DWF has downgraded its exclusive relationship with Los Angeles-headquartered firm Wood Smith Henning & Berman (WSHB), as it seeks new ways of expansion. The firm originally gained a foothold in the US in 2018, before listing, when it announced an association with WSHB, giving it access to 22 locations in the world’s largest legal market. […]

RPC launches global insurance network with five firms

RPC is expanding its global insurance offering with the launch of a network that includes six firms from different counties. As a means of providing insurer clients access to specialists around the world, Global Access Lawyers is made up of firms from Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and the USA. In order of countries, the […]

HSF teams up with FCA on Covid-19 claims tool

Five months since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the business interruption case, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has again teamed up with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to create a tool identifying potential insurance claims. The product, known as the Covid calculator, will help businesses impacted by the pandemic to see whether or not they are […]

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Clydes hires 10-strong team in latest US expansion

Clyde & Co is to open three new offices across the South West region of the United States, spearheaded by a 10-strong team. The firm will expand into Phoenix (Arizona), Denver (Colorado) and Las Vegas (Nevada). The three offices will be led by newly-hired insurance partner Amy Samberg and her team, with all of them […]

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Linklaters takes legal duties on Government’s Pool Re review

Linklaters has won a mandate to advise the Government on its five-year review of Pool Re, Britain’s leading terrorism reinsurer. The magic circle firm will rack up £395,000 to provide insurance and commercial expertise around the negotiating and drafting of commercial agreements and contracts. The review, run by HM Treasury, is aimed at ensuring that […]

AXA GC passes on the baton after 20 years

AXA UK & Ireland has appointed a new general counsel. Emily Coupland succeeds Edward Davis, who retires at the end of the month after two decades at the business. Coupland is appointed to the GC role from AXA Partners, where she held the position of general secretary for five years. Prior to this, Coupland spent […]

DAC Beachcroft accelerates advocacy growth with over 20 new recruits

DAC Beachcroft is targeting further growth in its recently-established advocacy service, after the firm hired two barristers from DWF in January 2021. At the start of the year, DACB set up an in-house advocacy unit, hiring Jonathan Robinshaw and Sahar Farooqi as partners in DACB’s claims solutions group, tasked with overseeing the new advocacy unit. […]

Augusta Ventures GC departs for new in-house role

The general counsel of Augusta Ventures has left the business for a new in-house role, little more than a year after she joined the litigation funder. Frances Coats will become Europe general counsel of Bolttech, a digital insurance broker launched last year as a result of the rebranding of formerly known Frank Insurance by its […]

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Supreme Court backs FCA in landmark insurance case

The Supreme Court has substantially allowed an appeal brought by HSF client, the Financial Conduct Authority, in a highly-anticipated judgment over Covid-related business losses. Today’s judgment brings guidance for businesses and the watchdog as to whether certain business interruption policies linked to the pandemic relate to losses. Crucially, it means that businesses can make claims to […]

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Clydes lasers in on international growth with Munich launch

Clyde & Co has hired a team from Norton Rose Fulbright for its Munich launch, as the firm refocuses on international growth amid ongoing leadership wrangles. This is the latest development from a firm that revealed just before Christmas that its senior partner Peter Hirst would be stepping down early from his role. Its latest […]