UK: High Court in favour of FCA on most business interruption cases

16 September 2020 — Ana PREDA
The High Court has ruled that the majority of businesses that held business interruption insurance and were forced to close could be entitled to be compensated by the insurers involved in the test case, subject to appeal, Insurance Post reports.

FCA stated:

"The judgment says that most, but not all, of the disease clauses in the sample provide cover. It also says that certain denial of access clauses in the sample provide cover, but this depends on the detailed wording of the clause and how the business was affected by the Government response to the pandemic, including for example whether the business was subject to a mandatory closure order and whether the business was ordered to close completely."


Christopher Woolard, interim CEO of the FCA, said:

"Coronavirus is causing substantial loss and distress to businesses and many are under immense financial strain to stay afloat. Our aim throughout this court action has been to get clarity for as wide a range of parties as possible, as quickly as possible and today's judgment removes a large number of those roadblocks to successful claims, as well as clarifying those that may not be successful."


Source: postonline.co.uk

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