2024 Northern Coverage Symposium

Northern Coverage Symposium 2024

We are delighted to announce that the Northern Coverage Symposium is making its return this year. Join us on 6th June at Aspire Leeds for an insightful half-day event.

The Coverage Symposium is designed to provide brokers with information on coverage and claims issues and how to avoid them.

This year’s event commences with registration and a welcome lunch at 12:30pm, followed by an interactive workshop and talks covering key cases that have influenced the insurance disputes landscape in recent years. The final talk will conclude at 5pm, followed by our wine tasting event beginning at 5:30pm.

Gain the knowledge and insights necessary to confidently guide your clients through common coverage problems. Register today!

Location - Aspire Leeds

Northern Coverage Symposium

Date: 6 June 2024

Venue: Aspire Leeds

2 Infirmary St, Leeds LS1 2JP

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2024 Programme

12:30 PM

Registration & Lunch

1:30 PM

Welcome, and Aggregation workshop

Aggregation is one of the most frequent areas of dispute between policyholders and their insurers.  Unusually, it is also an area where the relevant policy provisions aren’t either obviously “pro-policyholder” or “pro-insurer”.  This interactive session will look at some of the most common ways in which limits of indemnity and deductibles are capable of aggregating, including by reference to “event”, or “originating cause”, or by reference to a “series” of one of those, and will invite the audience to apply the principles shared by the speaker to a selection of case studies.


David Pryce, Senior Partner

2:20 PM

Vainker v Marbank Construction Ltd, and other recent developments regarding the Defective Premises Act

Section 1 of the Defective Premises Act 1972 (“the DPA”) requires those involved in building and designing new dwellings to work in a professional or workmanlike manner, to use proper materials and to see that the completed dwelling is fit for habitation. This session will provide a refresher on some of the key principles under Section 1 of the DPA, together with an update on recent case law; namely, URS Corporation Limited v BDW Trading Limited [2023] EWCA Civ 772 which establishes that the duty under section 1 of the DPA is also owed to developers, and (2) Vainker v Marbank Construction Ltd [2024] EWHC 667 [TCC], which reinforces the well-established fitness for habitation test.


Alex Rosenfield, Associate Partner

2:40 PM

Materiality and Fortuity: lessons from Delos Shipholding v Allianz

Fortuitousness, non-disclosure and s13A claims for late payment – some lessons from the Commercial Court’s recent decision in Delos Shipholding v Allianz.


Jonathan Corman, Partner

3:00 PM


3:30 PM

Estoppel: the welcome resurgence of this policyholder-friendly concept

An update on recent cases addressing Waiver and Estoppel including World Challenge Expeditions v Zurich and George on High Limited & George on Rye Limited v (1) Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers Limited (2) New India Assurance Company Limited.


Daniel Robin, Deputy Managing Partner

Toby Nabarro, Senior Associate

4:00 PM

Covid 19 BI Litigation Update: is there an end in sight?

Covid 19 BI claims continue to dominate the legal landscape with ongoing uncertainty as to the extent of cover.

In this update we review the current state of play by reference to:

  • The “At the Premises” litigation and the forthcoming appeal;
  • The next steps arising out of the recent “Non-Damage Denial of Access” judgments;
  • Notifiable Disease extensions and the Court of Appeal hearing in Bellini v Brit
  • Furlough


Joanna Grant, Managing Partner

4:30 PM

The world’s first LEG3 court decision & what it means for the CAR market

A Court in the USA has delivered the world’s first legal decision on the most generous of the three London Engineering Group (LEG) clauses related to defect exclusions, LEG3, in the case of South Capitol Bridgebuilders v Lexington Insurance Company. The fact that the Construction All Risks (CAR) market (otherwise known as the Builders’ Risk market) has been waiting for a LEG3 decision for this long means that SCB v Lexington was always going to receive a lot of attention. However, the unrestrained and intemperate language used by the Judge means that there is a risk that the decision will create more heat than light, and has the potential to lead to a reaction by CAR insurers which could negatively affect the interests of policyholders. This case study therefore attempts to take a step back from the eye-catching language used by the Judge in SCB, and to discuss what the future for LEG3 might look like.


David Pryce, Senior Partner

5:00 PM

End of talks, and closing remarks

5:30 PM

Wine Tasting

Join us at our Leeds office (less than a 10-minute walk from Aspire Leeds) for a delightful evening at our fine wine tasting. Explore the subtle nuances and complex flavours of specially curated wines, complemented by a delicious selection of cheeses and charcuterie.


Senior Partner

Fenchurch Law

Managing Partner

Fenchurch Law

Deputy Managing Partner

Fenchurch Law


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Associate Partner

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Senior Associate

Fenchurch Law

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Northern Coverage Symposium
Venue: Aspire Leeds
Date: 6 June 2024

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