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Business Interruption Insurance: Proving Presence of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Does your insurance policy provide coverage for business interruption as a result of the pandemic? The quickest way to find out is to send our Business Interruption Insurance solicitors your policy and we will let you know whether you have a claim. If you have a claim, we will offer you a no win no fee agreement.

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Business Interruption Insurance Guide: Do I have a Claim?

The Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the FCA test case on business interruption insurance against six insurers. If you are an affected business, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible and our specialist financial services litigation team can be instructed to assist.

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Insurance industry’s reaction to Supreme Court BII test case positive for businesses

The Supreme Court Business Interruption Insurance (BII) test case has brought clarity to policyholders who have been affected by COVID-19 and have previously been denied BII cover by their insurers. This is causing insurers to reassess policyholders’ disputes on a case by case basis. If you are an affected business, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible and our specialist financial services litigation team can be instructed to assist.

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Claimant wins battle over Defendant’s late acceptance of Part 36 offer in phone hacking claim

In Pallett v MGN Ltd, a case concerning the newspaper phone hacking scandal, the High Court orders the Defendant, owner of the Mirror newspaper, to pay all of the Claimant’s costs of the proceedings, despite arguments that they had accepted the settlement offer outside of the 21 day relevant period under CPR Part 36.

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Damages Based Agreements: Permission to appeal to Supreme Court refused in landmark DBAs case

In Shaista Zuberi v Lexlaw Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 16, the Court of Appeal has refused the appellant permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. This is a welcome and important judgment for lawyers and clients equally as it provides some much needed judicial clarity on the effect of termination in respect of DBAs in litigation matters

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Business Interruption Insurance: Supreme Court judgment means relief for COVID-hit businesses

Business interruption insurance covers businesses for loss of income during periods when the business cannot trade as usual due to an unexpected event. If you are a policyholder and your insurer is refusing to paying out for a business interruption claim related to the coronavirus pandemic, seek legal advice immediately as you may have a litigation claim to seek financial redress.

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Damages Based Agreements: Court of Appeal upholds enforceability of DBAs in the event of termination

The landmark Court of Appeal judgment in Shaista Zuberi v Lexlaw Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 16 makes clear that termination fees are not caught by the DBA Regulations and any DBA including termination clauses is enforceable. The judgment paves the way for DBAs to flourish and enhances access to justice.

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Witness Statements: New Rules Upcoming in the Business and Property Courts

Key changes include a new draft Practice Direction 57AC; the need to identify the documents which the witness has been referred to for the purpose of providing the evidence and endorsement by a certificate of compliance signed by a lawyer.

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Non-compete in employment contract held to be unreasonable and void

The coronavirus pandemic has led to many individuals losing their jobs due to redundancies and employees may wonder where they stand in relation to any restrictive covenants in their contracts. The case of Quilter Private Client Advisers v Falconer discusses the factors to be taken into account when seeking to enforce a restrictive covenant, which in this case was a 9 month non compete, which was found to be void and unenforceable.

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London Creperie’s arguments tossed aside as summary judgment awarded in business interruption insurance claim

In TKC London Ltd v Allianz Insurance plc [2020] EWHC 2710, the Commercial Court considered a company and its insurer’s arguments on policy wording relating to business interruption following losses arising from COVID-19 closures, awarding summary judgment in favour of the insurer.