Business Interruption Insurance Pandemic Test Case – Further Guidance for Insurers

22 September 2020

Following the handing down of the judgment relating to the pandemic test case last week, the consequential hearing following that judgment has been listed on the 2 October 2020. It is expected that during that hearing, appeal applications will be considered.

The Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) has issued a guidance letter following the judgment. This letter, issued on the 18 September 2020, outlines what is expected from insurers: You can read this letter here.

The interim CEO of the FCA has confirmed:

“Our objective remains to ensure that slow payment does not exacerbate financial pressures on policyholders. It is important that insurers reassess and settle claims quickly, including making interim payments wherever possible on policies where the legal process is complete or the claim has been accepted in full or in part….

We believe that insurers should reflect on the clarity the judgment provides and, irrespective of any possible appeals, consider the steps they can take now to progress claims of the type that the judgment says should be paid. This should include taking all reasonable steps to ensure that all those claims are ready to be paid and settled at the earliest possible opportunity after any relevant appeals.”

If you require any advice in pursuing your insurer, please contact Partner and Head of our Dispute Resolution Team Luke Smith, or Associate Solicitor and Dispute resolution specialist Rhian Davies.

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