FAQs

Please find an overview of frequently asked questions below:

ABOUT HIGA

The Government’s enforced closure of hospitality businesses means that the industry has lost millions of pounds of income. Business interruption insurance (e.g. for non-physical damage cover including disease, denial/prevention of access, loss of attraction etc.) may enable your business to recover its losses from insurers. 

Hospitality sector businesses wanted to know what could be done to obtain payments from their insurers. They expressed interest in joining together to bring a legal claim. Top ranked litigation PR specialists Bell Yard Communications established and administers what has now become known as the Hospitality Insurance Group Action (HIGA). Mishcon de Reya supports HIGA to try to bring a group claim against insurers by acting as its legal advisers. 

Category: ABOUT HIGA

ELIGIBILITY

Any business within the hospitality sector, insured by Aviva Insurance Limited and QBE (UK) Limited (with the policy types detailed on the registration page), can register interest in a potential group claim.

Category: ELIGIBILITY

Yes – your policy should be insured by Aviva Insurance Limited or QBE (UK) Limited.

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COMMITMENT

Mishcon de Reya is currently assessing the number of policy holders insured by Aviva Insurance Limited and QBE (UK) limited, who are interested in participating in group claims against their respective insurers.

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Mishcon de Reya will contact you by 10 June 2020 to discuss whether funding has been secured to bring a group claim and to discuss next steps if you wish to join a group claim.

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LEGAL PROCESS

The aim is to move forward as quickly as possible.

Category: LEGAL PROCESS

We are in discussions with a third party external funder in connection with funding the group claims.

Category: LEGAL PROCESS

You will need to provide your business name, description, contact details, the name of the insured on your policy schedule and the name of your insurer on the policy schedule.

Category: LEGAL PROCESS

The legal claim will be run by Mishcon de Reya’s highly-experienced Policyholder Insurance Disputes team, led by Partner Sonia Campbell, who has instructed leading counsel, Philip Edey QC.  

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Mishcon de Reya was established in 1937, with some 900 people, based in London. The Firm has detailed experience of group litigation orders, representative actions and test cases with particular expertise in claims arising out of financial products, data issues and regulatory breaches. Its clients range from retail investors and SMEs to high net worth individuals and institutions and are often backed by litigation funding and ATE insurance. Live group actions include claims against Ingenious, Google, Uber and Royal Mail. The Firm is also acting for hundreds of hospitality businesses seeking the recovery of interchange fees paid on Visa and MasterCard transactions.

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COSTS AND RISKS

It will be funded by external third-party litigation funders. You will not have to pay anything.  If the case is successful the third party funder is paid by taking an agreed deduction from any recoveries at the end of the case. 

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Your data will be held on a secure contact database managed by Bell Yard Communications on behalf of Mishcon de Reya, operated under the requirements of the Information Commissioner’s Office.  

Category: COSTS AND RISKS

FCA REVIEW OF BUSINESS INTERRUPTION CLAIMS

PUBLICITY

No, not at this stage.

Category: PUBLICITY

Yes – you can make others in the industry aware of HIGA. 

Category: PUBLICITY

MISHCON DE REYA TERMS OF INITIAL REVIEW

1. Our engagement is limited to reading and considering the relevant clauses of your insurance policy.

2. Our engagement for this purpose will not prevent us acting for or against you in relation to any other matter not connected with your policy.

3. Our engagement for this purpose does not warrant us verifying your identity but we will be able to ask for and our ongoing instruction following this review will be subject to you providing the necessary ID verification documentation. 

NEXT STEPS

If you are insured by Aviva Insurance Limited and QBE (UK) Limited with the specified policy wordings please click here to register.

Category: NEXT STEPS

If you are insured by Aviva Insurance Limited and QBE (UK) Limited and you have registered with HIGA you will hear from Mishcon de Reya by 10 June 2020.

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