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.

Ignorance No Defence for Company Directors: An Unseasonal Reminder

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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

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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 →

HBOS: Why the Regulators Will Make Sure Things Go Differently Next Time

Much has been written in the last week about the long-awaited report into the reasons behind the collapse of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS). This is hardly surprising given the size of the collapse and the report’s hard hitting conclusions, … Continue reading →

The Email has Gone. But Who’s it Gone to?

We all know (or think we know) about the dangers of hitting the send button on emails, but now there’s a new threat. Continue reading →

Personal Accountability: A Checklist for Worried Directors

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I blogged recently on the recent Treasury announcement (still subject to Parliamentary approval) about the abolition of the presumption of responsibility under the senior managers regime (SMR), due to be introduced in the UK in March 2016. In the same … Continue reading →

U-Turn on Presumption of Guilt for UK Senior Managers

The UK Treasury today announced a major revision of one of the most controversial provisions in the Senior Managers Regime due to take effect on British and foreign banks operating in the United Kingdom from March 2016. Continue reading →

Whistleblowers: You Know they Make Sense if You’re a Regulator!

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The FCA published last week new rules on whistleblowing. The key requirements of the new rules are to: appoint a senior manager as their whistleblowers’ champion put in place internal whistleblowing arrangements able to handle all types of disclosure from … Continue reading →