Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

UK: Technology and Construction Court Interprets Policy in Favour of Insured

In Robin & Barbara Bache and others v Zurich Insurance Plc [2014] EWHC 2430 (TCC), the court was asked to determine a preliminary issue concerning interpretation of a property development policy. The claimants agreed to lease flats yet to be built from a developer, paying a 10% deposit under the agreement. The defendant provided a policy to the developer, for the benefit of the claimants, which stated that “the policy protects you if your developer goes into liquidation…against the loss of contract exchange deposit”.   

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UK: Commercial Court Grants Summary Judgment in Relation to a Follow the Settlements Clause

In Tokio Marine Europe Insurance Limited v Novae Corporate Underwriting Limited [2014] EWHC 2105 (Comm), Mr Justice Field granted an application by Tokio Marine Europe Insurance Limited (Tokio) for summary judgment, holding that a defence raised by Novae Corporate Underwriting Limited (Novae) that the underlying settlement was entered into without the insured having taken all proper and businesslike steps had no reasonable prospect of success. 

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UK: Law Commissions Publish Further Draft of the Insurance Contracts Bill

We previously reported on the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commissions’ (the Commissions) review of insurance contract law and the draft Insurance Contracts Bill (the Bill) published in May 2014 (see our blog here). The Commissions have published a further draft of the Bill and draft Explanatory Notes which will accompany the Bill if and when the Bill is enacted (to view the Bill click here and to view the draft Explanatory Notes click here). 

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UK: JK Buckenham Ltd Scheme of Arrangement

Edwards Wildman have been instructed to act for J.K. Buckenham Limited (the Company) in relation to a scheme of arrangement which is the first of its kind (the Scheme). Under the Scheme, the Company will ask scheme creditors to give up their contractual rights against the Company, which has been in run off since 2007, in return for a replacement contract with its sister company, Howden Insurance Brokers Limited (HIBL). 

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