Post - 2011-08-25

Disaster recovery - SME: Dealing with disaster

SMEs would flounder in the face of a disaster, with a large proportion going out of business completely. Edward Murray asks why, therefore, it remains so hard to get them to engage with disaster recovery planning.

Risk update - Asbestos: Kept safe from harm

With the European Commission ordering the UK to amend legislation to ensure maintenance and repair workers are fully protected from asbestos, John Toms investigates the implications for the insurance industry.

BIS Countdown - Michael Tripp: From the heart

Charities are refocusing 
their efforts and business 
models away from simply relying 
on donations and towards building mutually 
advantageous partnerships with businesses. 
Michael Tripp asks whether the insurance industry can share their vision.

Riot update - Legal implications: Rioters without 
a cause?

The dust may now be settling on the riots across England, but the debate about legal implications for the insurance market will continue to rage on. Ros Jones and Alex Booth assess the main coverage issues from the perspective of insurers, reinsurers and…

Legal update - Quinn: Keeping it confidential

The decision in Quinn 
v Law Society raised a series of questions around the issue of client confidentiality. Felix Zimmermann looks at whether answers have been forthcoming in the year since the judgment.

MCC role will not stop Hodson’s plans at Oval

Oval chief executive Phillip Hodson has insisted his coming presidency of the historic Marylebone Cricket Club will not interfere with his running of the broker, which is in the midst of a restructuring process.

Biba and government join forces over flood risk

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association is working with the government to ensure people in high-risk flood areas can still obtain insurance once the Association of British Insurers’ statement of principles expires.

Fraud rise feared in riot aftermath

Mihir Pandya, Allianz fraud manager, has warned spurious claims could rise in the aftermath of this month’s riots and a potential double-dip recession.

Crawford-Axa allegations unfounded

Twin-track investigations immediately launched following anonymous accusations of “sharp practices” in Crawford & Company’s handling of Axa claims have discovered the allegations to be unfounded.

MP calls for ban on referral fees

A Yorkshire MP based in a city with the fastest rising rates of comprehensive motor insurance is calling for parliament to ban referral fees after his report found high personal injury claims are driving premiums up in that area.

View from the top: A multi-channel world

Many brokers will have read the recent update around Zurich’s personal lines strategy, following the announcement that we’re re-entering the direct channel later this year via an outsourced arrangement with Endsleigh, where the majority of new business…

Campton targets motorcaravans

Campton Insurance Brokers is aiming to become one of the largest motorcaravan brokers in the UK, after partnering with software provider Wanna Insure in a bid to “dramatically grow” its policy book.