LOUTH pubs are being encouraged to join a legal challenge against insurance companies who have refused to pay out business claims.
Qualified solicitor and publican Brian Winters is calling on publicans in the Wee County to join the legal challenge by the Save Irish Pubs campaign.
“If you are a small publican in Louth you can upload your policy on our website and plug into some of the best legal advice available,” said Brian.
“There are no hidden costs. The only charge is if you have a successful outcome. I’m urging publicans to take the chance to have their policy interrogated.”
Brian welcomed the recent High Court ruling that FBD must pay out insurance to pubs forced to close because of Covid-19.
The ruling in the landmark test case brought by four pubs — Sean’s Bar in Athlone, and Sinnotts, The Leopardstown Inn, and Lemon & Duke, all in Dublin — will benefit 1,300 publicans who have a public house insurance policy with FBD, which had claimed that the policy did not cover the Government’s move into national lockdown.
“The ruling is incredible. It’s a landmark decision but it’s not a great surprise,” he said.
“With the support of Irish Distillers / Pernod Ricard, and on foot of this seminal judgement we will now be pursuing these claims vigorously. We have in excess 1,800 publicans already signed up.”
He added: “The key messages we want to communicate to publicans is that no matter what you have been told in the past about the fact you have no claim, get your policy into us for review.
“Secondly, this will not cost you anything in time or in money. Our legal team will review the policy and if there is the basis for a test case, we will manage the process on your behalf through the Save Irish Pubs initiative.”
For more information visit www.saveirishpubs.ie.