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Annual Insurance Review 2017

Published on 09 January 2017. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

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Last year we identified the standout insurance law event of 2015 as the impending introduction of the Insurance Act 2015. Little did we anticipate the tumultuous events of 2016 that would shake up the global economic markets as a whole.

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A liability perspective: what would Brexit mean for financial advisers?

Published on 26 February 2016. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

You cannot pick up a paper or check the news without seeing some reference to Brexit and the case for either staying in or leaving the Euro zone.

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Mind the gap: Financial Advice Market Review must focus on consumer responsibility

Published on 12 October 2015. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

Pension freedoms will mean a bigger advice gap. The burning question is - what are the Treasury and FCA going to do about it?

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Professional Indemnity insurance for financial advice: is the market broken?

Published on 01 April 2015. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

In yesterday's New Model Adviser, Mark Neale has urged advisers to put pressure on professional indemnity insurers to fix a market he has described as a 'broken reed'.

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Complaint trends for 2015

Published on 07 January 2015. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

The FOS yesterday published its 2015/16 budget consultation. In short, we can expect more of the same.

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Financial Services: Minimising Risk in a Dawn of Opportunity

Published on 13 November 2014. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

The Treasury provided an unexpected opportunity for financial advisers earlier this year when they announced that, from April 2015, investors may be able to unlock their pension funds and exercise greater control over investing their hard earned wealth.

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Financial Services: Minimising Risk in a Dawn of Opportunity

Published on 12 November 2014. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

Over the last few years, firms have been asking themselves how they will make money in the post RDR world.

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Unravelling Transactions – The Party's Over

Published on 13 May 2013. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

The Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal's decision in Futter v Futter and Pitt v Holt as to the scope of the rule In re Hastings-Bass, but has overturned the Court of Appeal's decision on the application of mistake in Pitt.

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Causation - the multi-billion pound question

Published on 21 February 2012. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

The FSA's £1.5m fine imposed on Santander UK plc yesterday raises again the question of whether causation should be required for firms in the financial services industry to be liable to their clients.

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Fighting the cause for causation...

Published on 07 October 2011. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

In response to my press release about a proposal to do away with the law of causation from the financial services sector (on which Robbie Constance commented in more detail)

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