In this case law update video, Emma Loizou is in conversation with Christopher Boardman KC who acted for the successful first respondent in the Court of Appeal case, Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v Armstrong & Anor  EWCA Civ 978.
The judgment was handed down on July 1st, 2021, in a significant appeal by Travelers Insurance Company Ltd, the insurers of leading breast implant supplier Transform Medical Group (CS) Ltd, against Travelers’ Insolvency Act administrators, Martin Armstrong and James Patchett and its joint solicitors, Berrymans Lace Mawyer LLP.
Dismissing Travelers’ appeal against the order of Andrew Hochhauser KC, the Court of Appeal upheld the principle that legal professional privilege passes to a successor in title assignee and applied it for the first time to a situation where the privilege was in the files of jointly instructed solicitors and disclosure was against the wishes of the insurer. As a result, Travelers could not prevent the administrators from passing BLM’s joint retainer files to a trustee acting for the benefit of the PIP claimants against whom Travelers and BLM are in litigation.
Insurers should take note of this unwelcome clarification to their legal position. Permission to Appeal was obtained on the basis of the general importance and wide application of this decision. Travelers has vigorously sought to protect its privilege in the papers being undermined and the PIP litigation files passed to its opponents in the PIP litigation.
Recorded on 19 July 2021.
Read more about the case here.