In particular, Rob Atkinson is asking any operators that held a policy with Tokio Marine Kiln to get in touch with him.
“We are due to commence legal action on this matter in the coming months so it’s important that the hospitality sector sticks together as we will be able to fight, as one, the insurers who are refusing to pay out,” he says. “We are aware of many similar legal cases at present against insurers who simply refuse to do the right thing.”
Atkinson started his campaign in 2020, leading a successful group action against a number of insurers that contributed to a Supreme Court decision that was hailed as a landmark case in the fight to get insurers to pay out for business interruption related to Coronavirus.
But insurers have continued to fightback, promoting Atkinson to renew his crowdfunding efforts and encourage more operators to come forward.
“The initial campaign focused mainly on hotels however we’ve now come across restaurant businesses which have found themselves in the same predicament as hotel owners,” Atkinson continues.
“While many operators thought that they were covered having taken out, in good faith, insurance that would provide them with some form of income in the event of an interruption to business, many were shocked to be told that they weren’t covered by the Covid-19 pandemic.”