On 14 March 2019, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed an appeal by Centriq Insurance Company Ltd (Centriq) against a ruling of the Free State High Court holding liable a financial advisor under a professional indemnity insurance policy. The SCA held that Centriq could not rely on an exclusion in the policy that was
In Naidoo v Discovery Life Limited & others (202/20170) ZASCA 88 (31 May 2018) the Supreme Court of Appeal was faced with the main task of determining whether a risk-only policy with a beneficiary clause constitutes an asset in the joint-estate as envisaged by section 15(2)(c) of the Matrimonial Property Act,1984 (MPA). This case deals
Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person’s reaction to medicines. The combination of pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) leads to the development of medications that will be effective and safe, as they will be tailored to a person’s genetic make-up. A small blood
As a global insurance industry team, we aim to follow industry trends and developments as closely as possible in order to deliver well informed perspectives and thought leadership to our clients and contacts. Our Insurance Horizons 2018 brochure considers the impact of technology, interest rates, protectionism, excess capacity in the reinsurance market and cyber risk.
In a precedent setting judgment, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Drake Flemmer & Orsmond Inc & Another v Gajjar NO  ZASCA 169 (1 December 2017) pronounced on the principles applicable in respect of assessment of contractual damages arising from breach of mandate by an attorney. The court had to determine at what date
The proposed amendments to the regulations of the Long-term Insurance Act, 1998 and Short-term Insurance Act, 1998 are out for comment with submissions due on 23 April 2018. It is envisaged that the proposed regulations will come into effect on 1 July 2018, which is in line with the proposed effective date of the Insurance
Running from 14 to 16 November, the InsurTech Rising conference and Blockchain Summit will bring together key startups and incumbents shaping the InsurTech sector. Hogan Lovells is the conference’s Gold Sponsor and will be presenting on blockchain, the internet of things and insurance regulation, as well as moderating a panel discussion, introducing demos from a
It is 90 days since the UK’s electorate voted to leave the EU. With so many unknowns, how can you look beyond the uncertainty and decide what to do right now? The Brexit toolkit is a seven step practical guide to help you assess real impacts and implement a practical response. It also contains critical
What is genuinely innovative about today’s insurance sector? Perhaps little – but that is beginning to change. For the past few years we have seen innovative ways of selling products – such as search engine aggregators – at the distribution end of the retail market. Yet with the majority of costs borne by insurers falling
Following last week’s vote for Brexit, many are wondering what impact the decision will have on litigation and arbitration in the UK. Will jurisdiction agreements in favour of the UK courts continue to be respected within the EU, and will English judgments be enforceable throughout the EU? How are court documents to be served in
Webinar Invitation – 13 July 2016 In this webinar, we will be looking at the potential impact of Brexit (if and when it happens) on the insurance industry, including the possible implications for the rules on investments and reinsurance, and the effect on regulatory capital and the regulatory balance sheet. We will consider the corporate structures
Is an employer or contractor entitled to an extension of time and/or claim for damages in a situation where there are two or more events that have caused a delay, and where the delays caused by such events ran concurrently? Click here to read the full article.
Often our courts are called upon to adjudicate disputes relating to the interpretation of rules of pension and provident funds where there is a lacuna or disagreement among the relevant stakeholders. Sasol Limited v Chemical Industries National Provident Fund  ZASCA 113 (7 September 2015) was one such matter. The issue at hand was whether
The protection of pension fund assets against credits has been a topic of debate in several countries. The ultimate risk faced by pension fund members and pension fund beneficiaries is the loss of retirement income. As a general rule, most countries have legislative means which seek to protect pension fund members’ benefits. Accordingly, South Africa