High Court sides with MS Amlin and Others in £1billion COVID-19 business interruption court case


Result of Stonegate Pub Company vs MS Amlin & Others Business Interruption Case

MS Amlin Underwriting Limited (MS AUL), the Lloyd’s (re)insurer, welcomes the judgment in the Stonegate Pub Company vs MS Amlin & Others business interruption case, in which the Court has fundamentally supported insurers’ position.

The high-profile case, brought by the pub chain against its business interruption insurers sought a claims settlement of over £1bn, challenging their interpretation of a number of policy coverage issues, several of which are of significance to the wider industry. 

The case formed part of a series of interlinked trials heard by the Commercial Court in London, and considered among other things whether Stonegate’s losses were limited by the aggregation language in the policy, the extent to which losses were caused by cases of COVID-19 and Government action within the policy period, and whether insurers were entitled to credit for furlough payments received by Stonegate. On all of these issues the Court has found almost entirely in favour of insurers.

Johan Slabbert, Chief Executive Officer, MS Amlin Underwriting Limited, said: “We welcome the judgment of the High Court, and believe this brings some genuine clarity to a very complex business interruption case.  This is a positive outcome for us and is of significance to the entire insurance industry, who I’m sure will be keen to read the full details of the judgment, as issues around furlough payments and aggregation in particular have the potential to have an enormous financial impact for insurers throughout the UK.

As an insurer upon whom thousands of businesses rely for support, we have always taken our responsibilities extremely seriously.  Covid-19 created unprecedented challenges for businesses across the country, and our commitment to helping our policyholders remains as strong as ever.”

Authored by MS Amlin


About MS Amlin

MS Amlin is a leading global specialty commercial insurer and reinsurer with operations in the Lloyd’s, UK, Continental European and Bermudian markets. 

Comprising Mitsui Sumitomo’s London and Bermuda-based operations and the historic Amlin businesses, MS Amlin specialises in providing insurance cover for a wide range of risks to commercial enterprises and reinsurance protection to other insurers around the world.

It is wholly owned and fully supported by the financial strength and scale of MS&AD of Japan, the eighth largest non-life insurer in the world. To learn more, visit www.msamlin.com.