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Courts face new wave of business interruption claims

There has been an influx of business interruption (BI) cases filed since the Covid-19 insurance case judgment was handed down by the Supreme Court in 2021, with a lot of the new claims addressing some gaps in that conclusion. The outcome of Covid-19 played havoc on business owners, especially those having to trawl through their […]

Matthew Kelsall, Clydes

Clydes needed BLM more than you think

“I acted for a client 20-odd years ago that went from 50 firms on its panel to 12, and we thought that was absolutely revolutionary,” says BLM’s legacy senior partner Matthew Harrington. “Now clients are looking at panel sizes, certainly in the general insurance market, of two to three firms.” And that, in a nutshell, […]

Eversheds recruits insurance duo from Dentons

Dentons has lost a corporate partner duo to Eversheds Sutherland, including its former global chair of its insurance group. Martin Mankabady has made the move from Dentons to Eversheds along with fellow partner Adriana Cotter. Mankabady, who led Dentons’ insurance group, had been at the firm for over six years, having joined from Clyde & […]

First Clydes team departs amid merger talks

A Clyde & Co equity partner is set to join The Ince Group, making her the first major exit from the firm as early-stage merger talks continue with BLM. Partner Jennette Newman is to leave after three years at Clydes, having also been a longtime partner of BLM. At Ince, she will become head of […]

Liverpool Victoria

Corporate duo lead ahead of crucial LV= takeover vote

Weil Gotshal & Manges and Clifford Chance are acting as members of life insurance provider LV= prepare to vote on the proposed takeover of the business by Bain Capital Credit. The deal, which has been on the cards for a nearly a year, has attracted a flurry of criticism as it would result in the […]

New York

Expansive Willkie targets DLA for insurance hires

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is expanding its corporate insurance team, having ramped up its hiring activity, particularly in the City, over the past fortnight. Willkie’s new joiners this time are from DLA Piper, with the firm hiring insurance sector co-chair Prakash Paran, who is based in New York. He joins along with DLA counsel Gabriel […]

RSA insurance

RSA appoints new GC after £7.2bn takeover

Insurer RSA Group has appointed a new general counsel after its £7.2bn acquisition earlier this year. Jonathan Cope takes on the GC and company secretary mantle from Charlotte Heiss, who departed the 300-year old British insurer in the summer. As part of the role, he is responsible for the UK and international business, which comprises […]

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 […]

DWF Manchester

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 […]