Post - 2010-09-23

Solicitors' PI - block policies: Safety in numbers

Smaller legal firms can find it difficult getting professional indemnity cover in the midst of an economic downturn, but could there be a lifeline? Christopher Rooke takes a look at block policies and the advantages they can offer.

The claimant's view: flaws in the system

A recent Adam Smith Institute briefing paper, Access to justice: balancing the risks, makes an important and welcome contribution to the debate on civil justice reform and the Jackson review — especially its analysis of the proposals as being …

Editor's comment: Speculation over bids

With the deadline for interest now passed, Macquarie — the company charged with finding a buyer for Quinn — can start sorting out who the main runners and riders are for the business.

Fraud deterrent staff need to be given incentives

Employees tasked with the prevention and deterrence of fraud should be given incentives alongside their detection counterparts, if insurers are to develop a fully coherent and effective counter-fraud strategy.

LAS appoints Dunworth as COO

Claims management services provider LAS has appointed a former director of GAB Robins and Homeserve, Max Dunworth, as chief operating officer.

Solicitors' PI: The road to reform

In recent times, the solicitors' professional indemnity market has been travelling a difficult path. Jane Bernstein examines the road ahead by taking a close look at proposed industry changes and the effect they may have.

Postbox: No banking business for Chartis

Regarding the article "Chartis to fill short-term lending gap for trade credit clients", I would like to clear up any misconception that Chartis was to begin lending up to £10m.

Broker event to be repeated

Leeds-based Henderson Insurance Brokers has attracted 35 insurers to its inaugural conference and plans to make it an annual event.

Sports sponsorship: A sporting frenzy

At first glance, sports stars and insurers wouldn't appear to have much in common but, with the benefits of sports sponsorship proving their worth, Daniel Dunkley asks is it any wonder everyone is trying to get in on the action?

Biba backs FSA over ERN database plans

The British Insurance Brokers' Association has backed Financial Services Authority proposals for an employers' liability insurance database, operated by the Employers Liability Tracing Office.

Skills boss advocates apprenticeship model

Insurance companies may be missing out on easy wins in terms of enhanced productivity and retention rates by failing to adequately consider the apprenticeship model. That is the view of Chris Humphries, chief executive of the UK Commission for Employment…

Solicitors' PI - regulation: Making the grade

The imminent regulatory sea change in the legal profession offers the ideal opportunity to tackle the unpalatable issue of the assigned risks pool once and for all, asserts Tim Oliver. Sorting the wheat from the chaff early on would benefit all.