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Brokers' duties
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 9 2009

In Dunlop Haywards (DHL) Ltd and Others v Barbon Insurance Group Ltd and Others 2009 EWHC 2900 (Comm), the claimant companies brought an action against the defendant insurance broker, in contract and in tort, for failing to exercise reasonable skill and care in obtaining the required excess insurance cover.


Court of Appeal holds that a cause of action may arise upon inception of an insurance policy
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • November 19 2009

A cause of action in tort may accrue at the time an insurance policy was issued, and not when a claim could eventually be made under that policy, if a negligent failure led to the policy being issued.


Court of Appeal decision demonstrates the wide applicability of the "Fairchild" exception for mesothelioma claims
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • November 10 2009

In Sienkiewicz v Greif (UK) Ltd, the Court of Appeal considered the combined effect of the House of Lords' decisions in Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services and Barker v Corus and section 3 of the Compensation Act 2006 on liability for mesothelioma claims.


Historic abuse claims
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • August 7 2009

In JPM and ors v. Nugent Care Society; GR v. Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council 2009 EWCA Civ 827, the Court of Appeal explained, for the first time, the significance of the landmark decisions in A v. Hoare and Lister v. Hesley Hall in revolutionising the landscape for abuse claims in the UK.


Helen Clark
  • Locke Lord LLP