Hotel Owner Takes Action on Refused Covid-19 BI Claim

A York hotel owner is one of dozens of business owners in the region fighting insurance companies that are refusing to pay out on business interruption (BI) policies due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jeremy Cassel, managing director of The Grange, said the blocking of business interruption payouts has made a bad situation for the business even worse.

He has now appointed Rubric Lois King (RLK) to challenge insurance companies that insist the coronavirus pandemic is exempt from the existing BI policies.

Mr Cassel said bookings for the 40-room boutique town house hotel, in Clifton, started to drop off in February, when the first two cases of Covid-19 were reported in the city. A month later, when lockdown was announced, the hotel had to close and furlough 47 of the 50 staff.

“I thought we would be covered by our business interruption policy, which even states that claims for the plague can be made,” he said. “I had no reason to think otherwise, and my insurance broker thought similarly. However, I became very concerned when she came back to us and said the insurers were refusing the claim.

“I strongly believe we have a case and so does our solicitor. Despite the fact that the hotel was closed, we had bills and other expenses to pay, and there is only so long that can be maintained when there is no cash coming into the business.”

His plight has been taken up by the law firm, which is working on a no-win, no-fee basis with its clients, to fight the insurance companies.

A test case is already underway in the High Court after the Financial Conduct Authority took Europe’s largest insurers to court to establish if they should pay out on pandemic-related claims.

If the courts decide that the insurance companies are wrong, the ruling could mean billions of pounds in additional claims.

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