Aon sues Howden anew

UK lawsuit follows similar claim by same plaintiff and separate case against another rival

Aon sues Howden anew

Legal Insights

By Terry Gangcuangco

Global insurance group Howden, which recently apologised for having engaged in “unlawful recruitment,” is being taken to court again over poaching allegations.

The apology was issued in October as part of Howden’s settlement with Guy Carpenter, the reinsurance broking arm of Marsh McLennan. Settling pre-trial meant reinsurance broker Howden Tiger didn’t have to defend itself in court in London over a claim that it poached more than 30 people from Guy Carpenter.

“The Howden Group acknowledges that it, and certain of its executive officers, engaged in unlawful recruitment from Guy Carpenter as set out in the admissions made to the High Court,” Howden said at the time. “Howden Group and the individuals involved… regret the actions they have taken.”

Now Howden is once again facing the prospect of proceedings following Aon’s English High Court filing this week, according to a City A.M. report. It was noted that the case relates to Howden swooping for Aon executives in Britain and Brazil.

This isn’t the first time that the world’s second biggest brokerage is suing Howden over its hires. In early 2022, it was reported that Aon UK took Howden to court following the latter’s creation of an infrastructure assets unit. Similarly, that case was subsequently settled, according to The Insurer.

Meanwhile City A.M. reported that Howden declined to comment while Aon was not immediately available to respond.

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