Post - 2011-07-21

Career development: Ask the expert

I've worked my way up the ranks over the last 10 years, from a relatively junior position in my existing company, but despite my current position of responsibility I still have trouble shaking off people's previous perceptions of me, which I feel is…

Interview - Ant Middle: Taking the Middle ground

Rejoining Aviva after spending 10 years at Axa was an attractive choice for Ant Middle, during a time of upheaval at both companies. He talks to Mairi MacDonald about the changes and challenges that lie ahead.

Axa regains TUI travel contract from Mondial

Axa Personal Lines has ousted Mondial Assistance as underwriter for travel giant TUI, following a successful tender bid to win back the three-year contract. It comes less than a week after Axa sealed a similar deal to retain the Lloyds TSB travel…

Editor's comment: Partners and crime

This week's insurance news theme could be the stuff of another unpublished Jane Austen novel — Partnership & Punishment — although it's doubtful the Bodleian would fork out another £1m for the privilege. Or perhaps with a title like that it's more…

Roundtable - Claims: The claims game

The expert panel at our recent roundtable on the claims process got their teeth into technology and staffing issues, how to tackle fraud and the impact of telematics. Leigh Jackson reports.

Claims advocate joins CEDR panel

Europe's largest independent commercial mediation provider the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution has named insurance claims advocate Roger Flaxman as its 18th specialist insurance panel member.

Lockton's literary scheme

As part of the Lloyd's community programme, Lockton's London associates have been helping girls at Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets for the past four years, offering help with their reading and mentoring them.

Giles plans flotation after MBO

Giles Insurance Brokers aims to float on the stock market by 2009, its chief executive said after it completed its £45m private equity-backed management buyout this week.

Junction secures M&S Money extension

BGL-owned Junction has seen off affinity rivals by securing a five-year extension on its deal to provide motor insurance to M&S Money customers on a panel basis. The competitive tender win comes shortly after it successfully renewed a similar arrangement…

Penny Black's insurance week

Penny thought she got invited to all the best gigs, but clearly her invitation to Markerstudy's 10th anniversary bash at The Savoy was lost in the post.

ARM courts new M4 clients

Aspen Risk Management managing director Kevin Pallett has pledged to open discussions with approximately 100 brokers in the coming weeks, after the firm agreed the purchase of commercial insurance renewal rights from M4 Underwriting.

NFU fraud manager jailed for £410 000 scam

NFU Mutual's financial crime manager has said the insurer has a "zero tolerance" stance against fraud, after one of its fraud managers was jailed for three years and four months after conning it out of £410 000 over six years.

Ageas motor deal 'proves importance'

Ageas chief executive Barry Smith has said its five-year deal with General Motor's Vauxhall and Chevrolet brands proves that the motor sector remains "crucially important".

View from the top: More than just words

Tech companies push the boundaries of what is conceivable, while media groups walk a legal tightrope to publish good stories. That's why their insurers and brokers must work so hard to keep up with their clients' risks.

Sport - Olympics: The Olympic challenge

With only 12 months to go until the opening ceremony, Rachel Gordon attempts to break through the veil of secrecy and assess the insurance industry's role in the London 2012 Olympics.

Axa may create more management roles

Axa has not ruled out creating more senior management roles within its commercial lines division after appointing former Towergate director Max Curruthers to the new role of chief operating officer.