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Blogs

RPC: 'Big Plastic' is an emerging climate risk and a ticking time-bomb for litigation

The tangible commitment to plastics regulation and action will likely trigger a new wave of plastics-related litigation. The new global plastics treaty has been heralded as the most important environmental accord since the Paris Agreement in 2015.

In the same way we have seen an uptick in climate related disputes since 2015, this tangible commitment to plastics regulation and action will likely trigger a new wave of plastics-related litigation.

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Kennedy Van der Laan: Directive on Corporate Governance Sustainability Proposed

On 23 February 2022, the European Commission published its proposal for the Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (hereinafter to be referred as the “Directive”).

This proposed Directive will have great impact on the way in which companies have to commit themselves to the compliance with human rights and the prevention of climate damage. Read the full article here 


RPC: First English judgment on the ‘Duty of Fair Presentation’ under the Insurance Act 2015

Berkshire Assets (West London) Limited v AXA Insurance UK plc [2021] EWHC 2689 (Comm) High Court of Justice Queen’s BenchDivision Commercial Court. This judgment of the High Court Queen’s Bench Division provides a welcome analysis of how the courts will approach a policyholder’s breach of the ‘Duty of Fair Presentation’ under the Insurance Act 2015 (the ‘Act’). Read the full article here


Colin Biggers & Paisley: Sydney Seaplanes wins jurisdictional appeal

Sydney Seaplanes Pty Ltd has successfully appealed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal to set aside the Supreme Court's orders, made under section 11 of the Federal Courts (State Jurisdiction) Act 1999 (NSW) (State Jurisdiction Act), to treat previously issued Federal Court proceedings as proceedings in the Supreme Court.  Read more


Colin Biggers & Paisley: A recent update on Covid-related business interruption coverage

The Federal Court of Australia recently ruled that a group of insurance companies was not required to indemnify a claimant for losses incurred as a result of government imposed COVID-19 business restrictions.  Read more


Hinshaw: Scott Seaman Discusses Top Insurance Cases to Watch in the Second Half of 2021 With Law360

Scott Seaman, the Chicago-based co-chair of Hinshaw's global Insurance Services Practice Group, discussed with Law360 several of the potentially most impactful insurance cases being heard in courts in the second half of the year.


Colin Biggers & Paisley: COVID-19 death found to be work-related and compensable by NSW Personal Injury Commission

The decision in Sara v G & S Sara highlights significant cost to employers of work-related COVID-19 transmission.  On 10 August 2021, the New South Wales Personal Injury Commission found in Sara v G & S Sara Pty Ltd [2021] NSWPIC 286 that the estate of a deceased employee director who contracted COVID-19 during a work-related trip to the USA and died, was entitled to compensation for his death as he contracted COVID-19 in the course of his employment. Read more  


Publications

Singapore: Trends & Developments - Chambers global practice guide

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on almost all economic sectors, and the insurance industry in Singapore is no exception. While there have been numerous challenges as a result of the pandemic, there has also  been new business opportunities presented insurers. This article will consider some of the main commercial and growth factors, and legal and regulatory developments, impacting the Singapore insurance industry, and likely trends to follow in the short-term future. Read the article here


RPC and Global Access launch their 2022 Annual Insurance Review

In the 2022 edition of the review, we look at claims trends impacting insurers across the globe from 2021 and a look ahead to what we expect to see in 2022. You can read the full report here.


Social inflation: the only way is up?

With social inflation threatening to spiral ever higher in the US, could UK carriers see the cost of claims follow a similar trajectory? Read the full article here


COVID-19 and business interruption

In the wake of the government lockdowns across the globe and as restrictions begin to be eased in some countries, Global Access firms have come together to swap notes on some of the key legislative developments to date in their respective jurisdictions and any recent cases of interest. Read the full article here


COVID-19: A bumpy road ahead for D&O

Globally, insurers are waiting to see how COVID-19 related exposures will impact their respective D&O books. Global Access firms have come together to discuss the possible D&O exposures in their respective jurisdictions and how they envisage insurers might act in response. Read the full article here


News

Kennedy Van der Laan rank Tier 1 for Insurance in the 2022 edition of the Legal 500

We are proud to present the results of the latest Legal 500 directories.  with 5 practice areas including insurance being given the highest ranking. 

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RPC announces sponsorship of 50 Over Fifty project celebrating women in insurance

International law firm RPC is supporting a bold initiative challenging age and gender bias by celebrating the positive contribution of women over 50 in the UK insurance industry.


Trio of Hinshaw partners Recognised in 2022 International Who's Who Legal

Hinshaw Partners Ronald Kammer, Scott Seaman, and Ian Wagreich Recognized in 2022 International Who's Who Legal

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Colin Biggers & Paisley recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 rankings

Colin Biggers & Paisley is pleased to announce that The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 has recognised the practice's expertise in 13 practice areas. Read more


Covid civil unrest, claims arising from the SDLT holiday and emerging trends in class actions – the major issues set to impact insurers in 2022

Civil unrest in response to lockdowns, claims arising from the Stamp Duty holiday and emerging trends in class actions are just three of the major issues facing insurers in 2022, according to the latest Annual Insurance Review from international law firm RPC. Read more 


Colin Biggers & Paisley recognised in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2022 rankings

Colin Biggers & Paisley is pleased to announce that a number of its practice groups and lawyers have been recognised in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 rankings. Read more


The Best Lawyers in Canada recognizes 188 Miller Thomson lawyers in 2022 edition

The Best Lawyers in Canada has just released its fourteenth edition, in which 188 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country are recognized for their expertise in 52 areas of law. The list includes 15 insurance law specialists 


Colin Biggers & Paisley announces seven senior promotions

Colin Biggers & Paisley is pleased to announce their latest round of promotions. Seven lawyers have been appointed to senior positions, six of those within the insurance team. Effective 1 January 2022, Patrick Cavanagh and Laura Tulloch have been promoted to special counsel, and Jack GoldingAmaya HettigeJustin LiangGabrielle Morris and Briarna Stiff have been promoted to senior associate. 


RPC hires international casualty partner to bolster capabilities

RPC has hired international casualty partner, Lucy Dyson, to join the firm's leading Insurance Group in London. Lucy joins RPC from DAC Beachcroft LLP, where she specialised in international casualty coverage and disputes. Lucy joins RPC on 21 July 2021.


Sixty-Seven Hinshaw Lawyers Recognized in 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is pleased to announce that 41 of the firm's lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. 26 of Hinshaw's lawyers have also been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.


Miller Thomson recognized for social responsibility in 2021 Report on Business Best B2B Brands ranking

Miller Thomson has been ranked among Canada’s Best B2B Brands in the legal sector by The Globe and Mail Report on Business.


Hinshaw Partner Scott Seaman Named a 2021 Midwest Trailblazer by The American Lawyer

Scott Seaman Named a 2021 Midwest Trailblazer by The American Lawyer


Events

Global crises, global solutions: can insurance rise to the challenge of covid, cyber and climate crisis?

Our first global conference is being held in London on the 23rd June 2022. We will be looking at 3 of the biggest challenges facing insurers in 2022 and beyond, Covid, cyber and the climate crisis.  

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HMN Partners speak at Paris International Underwriters Association conference on class actions

On 21 October 2021, Juliette Vogel, partner, and Nicolas Chaumier, of counsel, spoke at a conference organised by Paris International Underwriters Association for its insurance and reinsurance company members, the topic of the conference was Class actions in France and Europe and their impact on the insurance and Reinsurance industry.

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HMN partners speak at climate change conference

On 5 October 2021, HMN & Partners’ managing partner Simon Ndiaye and partner Sarah Xerri-Hanote participated in a conference organised by the Association of International Underwriters of Paris.  The theme of the conference was "Climate litigation: a new challenge for insurance liability".

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Global Access Lawyers Webinar Series - Cyber - 12th May recording

RPC and HMN Partners have a common experience in dealing with data breaches and the liabilities that can follow both in the UK and France respectively. In this session, we compare notes as to the latest types of cyber incidents, the momentum towards data subject litigation and how insurance markets are responding. For a recording of this session please email us


Global Access Lawyers Webinar Series - FI D&O - 18th May recording

Please attend any one or all of our Global Access Lawyers webinars on Tuesday 18 May. We will be discussing current issues in securities class actions and claims attaching to D&O policies. The sessions are split into three geographical zones and are delivered by leading D&O experts from pre-eminent insurance law practices in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, France, the Netherlands, the US, Canada and Israel. For a recording of this session please email us


Conference

Global crises, global solutions: can insurance rise to the challenge of covid, cyber and climate crisis?

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Annual Insurance review 2022: An overview of global claims trends

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Social inflation: The only way is up - or is it? 

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CoroNavirus: Business interruption update

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