Blogger Archives: Francis Kean

Francis Kean

Francis is an Executive Director in Willis Towers Watson's FINEX Global, where he specializes in insurance for Directors & Officers (D&O) of companies. He joined Willis in 2010 and has 25 years of experience as a leading litigation lawyer specializing in professional indemnity, financial institutions and directors and officers liability in the London insurance market.

The Perils of a Professional Indemnity Exclusion in a D&O Policy

Where is the line drawn between directors and officers (D&O) insurance and professional indemnity insurance? The question is important not just for companies that purchase both forms of insurance but also for those who buy D&O insurance alone but nevertheless … Continue reading →

New Transparency Laws in Force Today May Catch U.K. Company Directors Unaware

From April 6th, the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 will introduce far-reaching changes to the very fabric from which the cloak of private companies is woven. Continue reading →

What Impact Will the Senior Managers Regime Have on Internal Investigations Involving Senior Employees?

Imagine you are a designated senior manager or perhaps simply someone subject to the Financial Conduct Authority’s new certification regime. Out of the blue, you are asked to attend a meeting with the company’s general counsel. After the initial pleasantries … Continue reading →

U.K. Bribery Act: SFO Flexes its Extraterritorial Muscles to Good Effect

For a little while the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been hinting that it has a number of Bribery Act cases in the pipeline, and now we have our first conviction in the U.K. of a company under Section 7 … Continue reading →

Who Wants to Be a Non-Executive Director in a Financial Services Firm?

This is not the title of a new game show. Instead it’s a question of vital interest to the regulators and stakeholders of financial services (FS) firms. That’s because under the unitary board system, non-executives are expected to play an important … Continue reading →

Ignorance No Defence for Company Directors: An Unseasonal Reminder


How many of you know what Section 194 of the 1992 Trade Unions and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act says? I certainly didn’t until I saw that criminal charges had been brought against company directors in what is thought to be … Continue reading →

Collateral Damage to Reputation: The Fight Back Continues

I’ve blogged before about the risk of collateral damage to reputation for individuals caught up in regulatory enforcement activity involving their employers. Now a new and successful challenge has been made by a manager of a major investment bank against … Continue reading →

Two of the Most Important Pieces of Cyber Legislation Ever

A bit like London buses—you wait for ages and then two come along—two of the most significant pieces of European legislation ever affecting cyber liability have been announced by the European Commission in the last week. Continue reading →

Maritime Corporate Risk Now Has a Human Face in an Increasingly Difficult Regulatory Environment

Huge ships in port

The regulatory tides have recently shifted toward holding top management more accountable for company performance at a time when the insurance products which cover the liability of directors and officers (D&O) are steadily growing in complexity. Continue reading →

A New Report on the Theme of Personal Accountability Contains a Worrying Conclusion

It’s not just me who keeps returning to the theme of personal accountability for senior managers. A very recent survey and report by Thomson Reuters on personal liability of senior individuals and compliance officers contains some fascinating insights. Two findings … Continue reading →