Post - 2010-10-14

Sludge firm has Allianz cover

Allianz has confirmed it is the lead insurer in the Hungarian toxic sludge disaster in which eight people have so far died and 150 have been injured.

H&S report due tomorrow

Lord Young of Graffham's delayed report into compensation and health & safety legislation is now expected to be finally released tomorrow.

Regulation - health & safety: Safe from harm

The coalition government has pledged to end the culture of health and safety 'tick-box' regulation for UK businesses. Phil Wright assesses the impact on the engineering inspection sector and the role the insurance industry has to play in helping…

QBE and Mitsui join Met plant theft fight

Insurers QBE, Northern Marine Underwriters and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance have become the latest insurance partners of the Metropolitan Police Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit.

Autofocus decision imminent

Credit hire reporting firm Autofocus is likely to face liquidation following a meeting between creditors and company administrator Harrisons last week.

Heath Lambert tops £1m

Heath Lambert has revealed its newly created London commercial team has topped £1m in gross written premium.

Pirate attacks hard to cost

The true cost of Somali pirate attacks on international shipping in the Gulf of Aden is still unclear, research by The Actuarial Profession has revealed.

RSA in Homeserve deal

RSA has signed a five-year deal with emergency repair firm Homeserve to become the sole provider for its buildings & contents insurance policies.

Access makes acquisition

Charity and church specialist broker Access Insurance has made the first acquisition in its 10-year history, West Wickham-based AT Bell Insurance Brokers.

Penny black's insurance week

If any of Penny's loyal readers were wondering what happened to former Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance boss Trevor Brittain then ponder no more.

In Series - Professionalism & CPD: Welcome news

In the past, cutbacks and technology take-up have threatened to render underwriters the forgotten child of the insurance industry. Rachel Gordon reports on a welcome shift in attitude and determination to raise the profile of these specialist…

Biba concern over EC tax proposal

The British Insurance Brokers' Association has raised concern over European Commission plans for a new continent-wide tax regime aimed at stabilising the financial services sector.

Website Review: Aviva

In the latest of the new series for Post, web performance monitoring specialist Gomez turns its focus on Aviva's website, to assess how the insurer performs in a number of key areas and how it compares to some of its rivals.

MGAA letter outlines aims

The Managing General Agents' Association hopes to sign up more than three quarters of the market, ahead of its official launch in January 2011.

Crawford's day of service

More than 1200 staff at Crawford & Company have dedicated their free time to helping others in their communities as part of the loss adjuster's second annual global day of service.

Aviva hands HR reins to outsourcer Hyphen

Aviva is outsourcing part of its HR function in a move that will hand responsibility for the management of recruitment administration activities to specialist process outsourcer Hyphen.

FSA defends PPI rules

The Financial Services Authority has vowed to fight the British Bankers' Association's judicial review of new payment protection insurance complaints handling measures.