Post - 2011-04-07

Litigation fears in wake of NZ quake

The New Zealand earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011 have left some brokers and insurers at risk of litigation, the chief executive of Cunningham Lindsey's New Zealand operation has warned.

Call made for portal time extensions on EL and PL

The timeframes laid down for insurers to comply with the terms of the fast-track electronic claims portal may have to be modified if the process is to be extended to employers' liability and public liability claims.

View from the top: the online commitment

There has never been a better time for us, as business insurers, to remind ourselves how it feels to be a customer — especially because being a customer, with smartphones and computers now constantly at close quarters, is changing month-by-month.

Disease claims - ELTO: location, location, location

Difficulties inherent in identifying the relevant insurer in a long-tail disease claim led to the creation of the Employers' Liability Tracing Office. Anne Griffiths and Alan Hunter explain what is needed to make it work.

Editor's comment: keeping the buzz alive

After the initial buzz of excitement swarmed round the industry at the prospect of an insurer-funded dedicated police unit to combat fraud, all has gone strangely quiet. Fair enough, the Association of British Insurers did stress that its discussions…

Lloyd's motor result reflects 'torrid' time

Lloyd's finance director Luke Savage has said Lloyd's 2010 UK motor insurance result reflects the "torrid" experience of the whole market within that class of business. Its motor book reported an underwriting loss of £520m (2009: £83m loss) and a…

FSB backs call for SME pay priority

The Federation of Small Businesses has backed a call by Lorega for insurers to fast-track SME claim payments to help prevent smaller firms and one-man bands going out of business.

Axa cuts to hit commercial

Sources close to Axa UK's personal lines division and broker Bluefin have insisted management cuts will only affect commercial lines.

Disease claims - HAVS: getting to grips with HAVS

The effect of vibration on the human body has been the subject of debate for more than 100 years, and research is raising new questions over whether vibration to the hand can cause symptoms in the elbow, upper arm or shoulder. Simon Matthews explores the…

Disease claims - occupational voice loss

Occupational voice loss is becoming a growing hazard, partly due to the rise in call centres. Paula Jefferson and Rachel Barbenel examine recent case outcomes and advise on avoiding and defending claims.

NIG: we are not irresponsible

NIG has reiterated its claim that it is not guilty of irresponsible underwriting, despite complaints within the market that its rates have fallen by more than 30% following the launch of its 'Guarantee to Beat' price match deal.