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Sonia Campbell in the New York Times: Big Insurers Face Fresh Coronavirus Claim Threat From UK Hospitality Sector

Posted on 30 April 2020

The New York Times reported on the new Hospitality Insurance Action Group (HIGA), a group of British pubs, hotels, restaurants and leisure groups, who allege that legitimate business interruption claims have been rejected. Top insurers such as AXA, RSA, QBE and Zurich face a potential multi-million pound lawsuit as a result.

Sonia Campbell, Partner and Head of Insurance Disputes practice said:

"Hospitality sector businesses, large and small, have been particularly hard hit by the Government-enforced closure during this pandemic and desperately need to mitigate their losses.

In times of crisis they expect their insurance to respond. Yet I am hearing time and time again that insurers are either stone-walling, unfairly limiting or simply point-blank refusing to pay out under business interruption policies. This strikes us as something that is open to challenge.

I look forward to assisting all members of HIGA in exploring the possibility of a group claim. There may well be some light at the end of this industry’s very dark tunnel." 

To read the full article click here (subscription required).

Mishcon de Reya is supporting HIGA and acting as legal advisers. To find out more, visit HIGAction.com

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