Several high-profile hospitality groups, including Corbin & King and Black & White Hospitality, are turning to the courts in order to escalate long-running battles over pay-outs from business interruption insurance schemes, the Financial Times has reported.

Corbin & King is planning to seek a so-called declaratory judgement – which is when the court is asked to rule on the meaning of a policy, while Black & White Hospitality, which operates Marco Pierre White restaurants, is planning a similar application.

It follows the news earlier this month that Inception Group, which operates the Bunga Bunga, Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots venues, had taken legal action against Axa, following a u-turn by the insurance provider on its claim for business interruption.

Inception Group has received no payout nearly 12 months after receiving a letter from Axa acknowledging the claim was valid with Axa now claiming the group at not covered.

A judgement by the UK’s Supreme Court in January found in favour of many policyholders of business interruption policies, after the Financial Conduct Authority brought a case on their behalf.

Jeremy King, chief executive, Corbin & King told the FT, that the implications of the Supreme Court decision “made it clear that we did have a very, very viable claim”.

He declined to disclose the size of the claim it has made with French insurance group Axa. “There is a great deal of anger in the trade that we’ve paid substantial premiums and [when] we need that support, we’ve been denied it,” King added.

Meanwhile Inception co-founder Duncan Stirling said that since announcing its intention to take legal proceedings, the business has been “contacted by many other businesses, so we are now considering whether to issue proceedings independently or whether to form a group action with others”.