FCA publishes business plan for 2018/19

The regulator published its latest business plan earlier this week. The year over which it has outlined its priorities will, of course, come to an end as the UK formally leaves the EU and, assuming the outline treaty holds, begins a 21 month implementation period / transition phase. Among key cross sector priorities affecting general insurance (GI) firms are data security and resilience, treatment of existing customers (ie tackling the issue of dual pricing) and the ongoing prevention of financial crime. GI specific priorities include further work on customer value in long distribution chains and on competition in the wholesale broker sector. Continue reading

Extending the scope of QOCS protection

The basis of QOCS is that the protection it affords against adverse costs applies to unsuccessful claims for personal injuries. These are conventionally argued in negligence against the defendant whose conduct caused the accident e.g. the negligent driver or employer. But should a statutory claim against an organisation which was not the tortfeasor be regarded as a claim for damages for personal injuries protected by QOCS?

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Squaring the political pyramid?

The 2017 general election changed the political shape of the House of Commons. Mathematically, the number of 650 MPs equals that of a square pyramid (144+121+100+81+64+49+36+25+16+9+4+1); although it might be said that the hung Parliament that the election has produced is not necessarily as robust as its arithmetical analogue.

At 328, the sum of Conservative (318) and DUP (10) seats would be sufficient to govern and this seems to be where matters are headed. What might these developments mean for insurance-related measures which had been shelved or side-lined pending the election?

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