Recent Legal Developments in Business Interruption Insurance – Coverage Issues and Wider Implications perhaps for the Middle East

The English High Court has recently handed down a judgement in a test case related to “Business Interruption” insurance in the context of the COVID19 pandemic, which provides an interesting angle in respect of coverage issues and general English law [insurance] contract interpretation. The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others[1] essentially addressed the legal…

Brief on the new UAE Cabinet Decision No 58/2020 on the Regulation of the Procedures of Real Beneficiary

UAE Cabinet Decision No. 58 / 2020 is to be implemented to regulate the minimum obligations of the corporate entities incorporated in the UAE mainland and in the non-financial free zones (each an “Entity”) by requiring disclosure at the initial incorporation/registration stage, and maintenance thereafter, of a “Register of Real Beneficiaries” and “Register of Partners or…

What kind of Legal Protection do Employees have against Salary Cuts and Redundancy in the UAE?

What kind of legal protection against salary cuts and redundancy is afforded to employees in the UAE? The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (‘MOHRE’) has issued, on 26 March 2020, Ministerial Resolution no. 279 of 2020 (the ‘Resolution’) to help employers cope with the hardships arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. The Resolution enables private…

Health Insurance in the UAE – Capitation Schemes Confirmed Unlawful by the Insurance Authority

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Insurance Authority (IA) has confirmed that capitation schemes related to the health insurance business in the UAE are unlawful and all IA, authorized and licensed entities must immediately cease the operation of such schemes. Circular No (17) of 2020 for the Cessation of Violating Practices dated 2 June 2020 (the…

Electronic Insurance Regulations Issued

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Insurance Authority recently published the Insurance Authority Board of Directors’ Resolution No. 18 of 2020 on Electronic Insurance Regulations dated 27 April 2020 (“the Regulation”). The first draft of these regulations was published in January 2019, and after public consultation and discussion, a revised draft was published in December 2019,…

A Summary of Ministerial Resolutions No 279 and No 280

In an effort to assist private businesses (the “Companies”) dealing with the financial effects of COVID-19, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (the “Ministry”) has published “Ministerial Resolution 279 of 2020 on Employment Stability in the Private Sector during the Period of Application of Precautionary Measures to Curb the Spread of Novel Coronavirus” (“Resolution…