Post - 2009-10-29

Stop the clock

Delays in decisions over pleural plaques compensation continue, after the judge hearing the judicial review in Scotland retired to consider the case. Lynn Rouse details the frustrations and negotiations underpinning the politics of asbestos claims.

The Wright stuff

Leigh Jackson talks to new Fusion managing director Nick Wright about his plans to build on the foundations left by the company's founders, upping its broker numbers and the benefits of fresh capacity.

Time bandit

With the detail out this month on the new streamlined process for settling motor personal injury claims, Amy Ellis details continuing concerns and asks just how much time and money will be saved.

About turn

As the traditional end to the North Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close, Ralph Savage reflects on a year in which certain markets did an about-face and turned their backs on each other.

Going under

The method a company chooses to tackle its financial difficulties can influence whether the company survives, and what form that survival takes. Louise Butcher examines the implications this could have for business interruption insurers in light of the…

At a total loss

Total loss management can cause headaches for claims handlers and policyholders alike. David Patten reflects on customer confrontations, insurer answers and whether there is a better way.

Criminal costs

The erosion of costs recovery in criminal cases could have profound effects, even to the extent of innocent parties pleading guilty to avoid substantial legal bills. Mark Skinner and Luke Blackburn detail developments.

Graduate gains: staying on top

Oversubscription does not equate to complacency on Lloyd's graduate recruitment scheme. Terry Hayday details developments designed to ensure top talent keeps on coming.

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Preparation is only half the battle

A recent survey found 98% of brokers would like to see business continuity planning as part of an insurance risk assessment. Stephanie Denton reports on a recent event where the possibility of this becoming a reality was debated.

Get the balance right

If the insurance industry is to add real value to a client's package, the broker and insurer must have a true understanding of their business. Thus, the need to build a relationship with the client is more important than ever, reports Terry Whittaker.

Stark choices ahead

Many brokers who set up in the 1970s are heading towards retirement age, but as Rachel Gordon reports, some have failed to plan for their succession.

The front line of the market

At the forefront of international insurance, EC3 brokers are exposed to the buffetting that goes on here, James Simpson reports on the sector over the past 12 months.

Access all areas

Last year's amendment of the Lloyd's Act 1982 was meant to pave the way for those brokers in the non-accredited regional community to do business in the London market. But, reports Edward Murray, the take-up of entry has been slow.

Getting away with it

The recession has meant brokers are now spending more time challenging insurers on their customers' claims, but some see the current environment as a good opportunity to add value, as Ana Paula Nacif reports.

Unenviable positions

Brokers must keep up-to-date of the latest developments in the insurance market to be in the best position to obtain the most suitable cover for clients, argue Andrew Blair and Joanne Whyld.

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