High-profile UK hospitality groups are turning to the courts as they escalate a long-running battle to prove that their business interruption insurance should have paid out during coronavirus lockdowns.

Corbin & King, the owner of upmarket London eateries including The Wolseley and The Delaunay, plans to seek a so-called declaratory judgment — when the court is asked to rule on the meaning of a policy — in an attempt to secure a payout from its insurer.

Black & White Hospitality, the group behind the Marco Pierre White restaurants, is planning a similar application. Inception Group, operator of bars such as Bunga Bunga and Mr Fogg’s, said it will also seek a court ruling that its policy should have been triggered.

The willingness by the hospitality groups to

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