RPC: Silicon Valley, Signature and Credit Suisse: what do they all share(holder) in common?
In what has been termed "the biggest banking crisis since 2008", both Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank have collapsed, and Credit Suisse has been rescued. Whether more banks are to follow suit is yet to be seen. Read more
Directors warned ESG litigation set to snowball
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns are now a business imperative for UK companies as British courts tackle a rising tide of legal actions concerning corporate approaches to ESG issues. Read more
Hinshaw: Bessie Daschbach and Scott Seaman Discuss Insurance Implications of a Proposed Anti-ESG Bill in Texas
Hinshaw partners Bessie Daschbach and Scott Seaman discussed in Law360 Insurance Authority how recent legislative efforts in Texas that would prevent insurance companies from adopting shareholder proposals with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives could impact the insurance industry. Read more
Miller Thomson: Two insurers, a mutual policyholder, and the duty to defend
In AIG Insurance Company of Canada (“AIG”) v Lloyd’s Underwriters (“Lloyd’s”) (2022 ONCA 699), the Ontario Court of Appeal was tasked with answering “whether two insurers have a duty to defend a mutual policy holder in a progressive property damage claim.”. Read more
RPC: The English courts are emerging as a "hotspot" for environmental and ESG-related claims
Insurers can expect to continue to see an uptick in environmental and mass tort group litigation in the English courts and elsewhere in Europe, against the backdrop of climate change-related, plastics and other environmental risks. 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: Calm before the storm - will District Court Amendment Act 2022 mean a new year influx of insurance claims?
Effects of the increase to the District Court's jurisdictional limits may include a surge in filings from the commencement date and a rise in both volume and value of insurance claims. Read the full article here
Hinshaw: Scott Seaman Discusses Ohio Supreme Court Ruling in Cyberattack Coverage Case
Scott Seaman—Chicago-based partner and co-chair of Hinshaw's global Insurance Services Practice Group—discussed with Law360 a recent Ohio Supreme Court' decision that held a medical billing company does not have qualify for coverage for a ransomware attack under a property policy. Seaman said he expects similar cyberattack coverage disputes to continue. Read full article here
RPC: Insurers face claims threat from pension fund LDI crisis
UK pension scheme managers and their insurers could face claims over their use of liability-driven investment strategies following the turbulence caused by Liz Truss's mini-budget. Read the full article here
Hinshaw: The Top General Liability Cases of 2022 and Cases to Watch in 2023
Scott Seaman discusses both the most influential general liability rulings of 2022 and cases to watch in 2023. Read the full article here
A fireside chat on climate change: Bruce Carnegie-Brown and Rt. Hon Stephen Harper
In a wide ranging discussion at RPC's London office, Lloyd's Chairman Bruce Carnegie-Brown joined Rt. Hon Stephen Harper, the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada to discuss climate change and the role insurance can play.
The session was covered by The Insurer who have produced a series of articles, you can click the links below to access them:
Article 1: Carnegie-Brown offers olive branch to eco-activists
Article 2: Insurers must “speak truth to power” on climate change
Article 3: Canada’s Harper: Net-zero by 2050 virtually “unachievable” at current pace of change
Article 4: Carnegie-Brown: Sector not yet fully utilising green investment potential
RPC: Municipio de Mariana-v-BHP – the evolution of environmental group litigation in the English courts
Earlier this month, the Court of Appeal handed down its much-awaited decision in Municipio de Mariana -v- BHP.
This was an appeal by over 200,000 Brazilian claimants seeking to overturn the High Court's dismissal of £5bn group claims against BHP (England and Australia), in relation to damage arising from the 2015 Fundao dam collapse and worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history.
Colin Biggers & Paisley: Is an apology an admission of liability?
Under Part 10 of the Civil Liability Act, institutions in New South Wales involved in civil and redress claims are afforded protection and can apologise to abuse survivors without the apology being considered an admission of liability in the context of civil proceedings. Read the full article here
Hinshaw: Scott Seaman Discusses Upcoming California Supreme Court COVID-19 Coverage Appeal Case
Scott Seaman—Chicago-based partner and co-chair of Hinshaw's global Insurance Services Practice Group—discussed with Law360 a COVID-19 coverage appeal case set to be decided by the California Supreme Court. Read more
RPC: Mariana v BHP may expand scope of environmental group litigation
The much-anticipated Court of Appeal decision on a claim resulting from Brazil's worst environmental disaster could herald a new era for group litigation against multinationals in the English courts. Read the full article
RPC: The Fire Safety Act – An update
Since the Fire Safety Bill received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021, it has been in limbo, waiting for its provisions to be brought into force. This has now happened, at least in part, with the publication of the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022. Read the full article here
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.
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
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
Annual Insurance Review 2023
Global Access partners have come together to look at key claims developments in 2022 and what to expect in 2023. Read the review here
Taming Plaintiffs' Thriving 'Reptile' Tactics
In this multi article series Hinshaw's Scott Seaman and Diane Webster discuss reptile theory tactics being used by plaintiffs counsel
Read part 1: Taming Plaintiffs' Thriving 'Reptile' Tactics: Why it's time
Read part 2: Taming Plaintiffs' Thriving 'Reptile' Tactics: How to start
Insurers are confronting the combined forces of price level inflation, social inflation & 'greenflation'
Insurers and their corporate policyholders have been confronting social inflation since the 1970s. Social inflation, which is the increasing cost of defending and resolving claims, had been raging on—with various ebbs and flows—until the court closures and delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic provided a temporary abatement in 2020. Since emerging from pandemic-related shutdowns and court closures, insurers and their corporate policyholders have confronted something they have not encountered previously to any significant extent—social inflation coupled with substantial price level inflation. Read the full article here
The State Of COVID-19 Coverage Litigation In The United States
Insurers are prevailing in coverage cases, but COVID-19 is still contributing to social inflation. Read the full article
Traumatic brain injury claims: an international overview
Whether by sport, by transportation, by work or by simple accident in the home, traumatic brain injury claims are rapidly evolving into more commonplace claims involving insurers around the world.
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
Kennedy Van der Laan appoints Rosalie Brand as partner in their cyber security team
Rosalie Brand has been appointed partner cyber security at Kennedy Van der Laan. Her appointment underlines the law firm’s focus on cyber security and data protection, a field where Kennedy Van der Laan has been at the forefront since its founding 30 years ago. Read more
Kennedy Van der Laan: Chambers and Partners Europe Rankings 2023
In the latest Chambers & Partners rankings we are delighted to have once again been commended for our service across a number of areas. Read more
Colin Biggers & Paisley recognised in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2023 rankings
Colin Biggers & Paisley is delighted to announce that a number of its practice groups and lawyers have been recognised in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023 rankings. Read more
RPC ranked by Chambers and Partners for Insurance in Latin America 2023 edition
RPC has been ranked for Insurance (International Counsel) by Chambers and Partners within their 2023 Latin America guide which notes "RPC has a well-rounded team with a variety of skills and abilities. They enjoy excellent knowledge of the Latin American portfolio and the complexities of the region." Read more
Hinshaw Adds Insurance Partner in New Jersey
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP today announced that April T. Villaverde has joined the firm as a partner in the firm's global Insurance Services Practice Group in the Edison, New Jersey office.
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.
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
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
Global Access Week - March 2023
We recently held our inaugural Global Access Week in London, where we had a week of engaging seminars, panel sessions, one to one meetings ending with a drinks reception at The Ned.
Some highlights and coverage of the events:
Companies at risk of legal action amid likely PFAS clampdown, warn lawyers
D&O insurers must prepare for ESG-related claims as disclosures increase
Lack of data raises concern around how to define emerging risks
Directors warned ESG litigation set to snowball
Class Actions: A global perspective
In October 2022, RPC, Colin Biggers & Paisley and Kennedy Van der Laan met in London to deliver a talk discussing recent class action trends in their jurisdictions.
You can access the slides here
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.
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".
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