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Market for D&O insurance hardest in living memory

Directors in New Zealand and Australia are facing the most volatile and restrictive liability insurance market in living memory, according to a report released by the Institute of Directors (IoD) with Marsh and MinterEllisonRuddWatts. A...

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Threshold for an interruption claim

Question. .. A motor vehicle dealership holds a BI policy and insures their full gross profit. The operative clause reads: ".....the insurer agrees to indemnify the insured for loss resulting from interruption to or in...

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Dog on driveway

Question... Our insured was contracted to perform some plumbing work on a property. An employee of the insured elected to take their dog to work. The dog escaped and ran over a neighbour's property that was under constructi...

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Insurers changing position

Question... We have had several instances recently where insurers have advised that a claim has been accepted, and we have notified our client, and then a little way down the track, they have reversed that decision, having...

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Backtracking on settlement

Question... We have a claim ongoing at the moment where an insurer has backtracked on their settlement offer and refusing to honour what they originally offered. A client's TV was damaged and a claim was lodged and...

IFSO Case Study

Stolen watch disappointment

A couple arranged for contents insurance through their bank. Two years later, a bank employee telephoned the insurer on behalf of the woman, inquiring about specifying a lady’s watch. During this telephone discussion,...

IFSO Case Study

Caught out by carpet excess

The insured held insurance on her house.  In April 2019, she made a claim to the insurer, because her dog had vomited and had diarrhoea, damaging the carpet at the house over the course of a day.  The insurer...

FSCL Case Study

Pandemic problems

In March 2020,  a couple were overseas in the United Kingdom when they heard the call from the New Zealand government to return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although they were intending to travel home on April 6, 2020, they...

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Value for money?

The insured bought his first car from a motor vehicle dealer for $8500. The dealer, acting as a agent for the lender, arranged the loan and included both mechanical breakdown insurance and guaranteed asset protection insurance without...

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No cover in place

A woman bought a new house in 2018. She asked her insurance broker to arrange home and contents insurance for the property. When she filled out the application form, she omitted a few details about locks and the alarm system...

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Small brokers bullish about the future

Mega-mergers have dominated the insurance broking industry in recent years, b...

In the middle of October, global insurance broking giants Aon and Willis Towers Watson formally sought New Zealand approval for their US$30 billion merger, a deal that will reshape the international insurance advisory industry. ...

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Insurer remedies for fraudulent claims

by Andrew Horne and Nick Frith

In its recent decision in  Taylor v Asteron Life Ltd, the Court of Appeal discusses the fraudulent claims rule – the first time that this rule has been considered in any detail by an appellate court in New Zealand. The...

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Brokerslink launches dedicated international pl...

Global broking business Brokerslink has launched its dedicated international insurance programme management platform to drive the continued growth and digitalisation of its international portfolio across its broker network. ...

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Landmark UK business interruption case

by Andrew Horne and Nick Frith

In our previous edition, we discussed the various jurisdictions in which insurers’ approaches to business interruption cover following Covid-19 were being scrutinised. In the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)...

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Financial Conduct Authority takes action on beh...

Unlike New Zealand, many business interruption policies issued in England extended cover to interruption in consequence of a notifiable infectious disease. Many of the underwriters of those policies declined their Covid-19 related...

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