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Directive (EU) 2016/97 on Insurance Distribution of 20 January 2016 (“IDD” or “the Directive”) harmonises national provisions concerning the distribution of insurance and reinsurance products and insurance-based investment products (“IBIPs”) by insurance intermediaries, insurance companies, their employees, and ancillary insurance intermediaries in the European Union. The objective of the present article is not to summarize […]

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The Supreme Court has today established that all employers’ liability (EL) insurance cover is triggered at the point of exposure to toxic materials that cause the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma rather than when the disease starts to develop. The ruling has been widely praised by the claimant community. Norton Rose partner Michael  Mendelowitz sums up the […]

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