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Bridgnorth pub landlord hopes to take on insurers over Covid claim - and needs customers' help

A pub landlord is seeking customers who may have had Covid at the start of the pandemic to come forward as he hopes to take on insurers following a landmark legal ruling earlier this year.

The Crown Pub Bridgnorth

Andrew Corfield, who runs the Crown in Bridgnorth's High Street, found he was unable to claim from his insurance company when the pub was forced to close during the first lockdown in 2020.

However, earlier this year, the High Court ruled in favour of a group of businesses, including London’s ExCeL venue and PizzaExpress which were seeking insurance payouts for Covid-19 losses.

The judgement, handed down in June, said businesses should be able to recover business interruption losses caused by government restrictions imposed in response to Covid-19 if they can prove that there was an occurrence of the disease at the insured premises at the same time.

Mr Corfield said: "I have been leaseholder at The Crown since July 2017 and while I successfully built the venue back up, in 2020 we were hit with the Covid lockdowns."

He said the pandemic lost his business £70,000 in the first lockdown alone. To keep his business afloat, he had to take out a £50,000 bounce back loan.