Post - 2010-05-27

Aviva director leaves

Aviva has confirmed that Brigid Murphy, director of regional brokers for the UK general insurance business, will leave in June.

Allianz First Direct deal

Allianz Corporate Partner has secured a three-year deal with First Direct, part of HSBC Group, to provide mobile phone insurance for First Direct's 70 000 account holders as of 1 June.

RTA PI claims portal endures "bumpy ride"

The new portal for administering road traffic accident personal injury claims has had a "bumpy ride", despite the high number of electronic claims notification forms created since the live date of 30 April.

Ex-Capita director back

The former director of Capita Insurance Distribution Ian Meyer has confirmed plans to re-enter the market with a new personal lines start-up.

KPMG pair at First City

KPMG's David Costley-Wood and Michael Walker have been appointed as administrators for First City Insurance Group and its subsidiary First City Partnership.

Research puts Allianz top

Research conducted by Towergate Risk Solutions has put Allianz as the top performing key insurer servicing its broking operations.

Aviva trains sights on specialty lines

Aviva's new chief underwriting officer Axel Schmidt has revealed a wide-ranging plan to broaden its risk appetite by concentrating on areas it is currently under strength in, including local authority insurance.

KGM offers motor hope

Last week, the British Insurance Brokers' Association conference saw the great and good of the UK general insurance market descend on the Excel Centre in London's Docklands to network, socialise and swap ideas about where they see the market going.

Allianz product hits Power Place

Allianz's commercial combined product for SME business is to be added to the Power Place offering after the insurer joined the online marketplace panel.

Insurance Charities launches Big Balloon Day

The Insurance Charities has launched a fundraising initiative aimed at the insurance industry. The Big Balloon Day scheme aims to raise awareness and funds for by organising events using branded balloons creatively.

Heath Lambert combines

Heath Lambert has combined its commercial affinity and small business division with its personal lines unit, Heath Lambert Insurance Services, aiming to double its size by 2012.

London P&I club surplus

The London P&I Club has reported a financial year surplus of $25.9m (£17.9m) for the year ended 20 February 2010.

Broker channel promotion

The British Insurance Brokers' Association has called on other insurers to promote their broker distribution channel, following Aviva's successful advertising campaign.

Underwriting coalition

Markerstudy and Zenith have put together an underwriting coalition under group underwriting director Gary Humphreys.

Broking sector "remarkable"

The insurance broking sector has performed at a "remarkable" level in the midst of economic turmoil by tackling cost bases to protect profit margins, a market analyst told panel members at a fringe event.

Marsh integrates HSBC and targets SMEs

Marsh will push for "aggressive growth" across its three regional networks after the integration of HSBC's networks, according to Julie Page, head of its commercial practice.

Primary's Pitt joins NIG

Former Primary commercial director Richard Pitt has resurfaced working with Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance subsidiary NIG. Mr Pitt left Primary in November 2008 after 30 months.

Evolution online deals

Evolution Underwriting Group has launched an initiative offering exclusive deals on a range of online products from Cardinus Risk Management.

Biba to lobby coalition

The British Insurance Brokers' Association is set to launch a major lobbying campaign to promote the role of the broker to the Liberal-Conservative coalition government.

Arista to give MGA advice

Arista is hoping to cash in on regional brokers' interest in the managing general agent model as intermediaries seek ways of improving the service they receive from insurers.

View from the top: Positive and purposeful

It's always good to get an opportunity to see familiar and new faces, and the British Insurance Brokers' Association conference never lets you down. The number of brokers attending was again very strong and the networking opportunities were second to…

Postbox: Educate your customer

The recent suspension of flights caused by the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland has caused much inconvenience and frustration for travellers. Regrettably, this frustration has been exacerbated by inexpert advice to travellers about how they may recover…

Legal update - residential care: A duty of care

The Department of Health consultation on charging for residential care, which recently closed, has again raised the issue of who should pick up the tab for residential care in personal injury compensation cases. Sallie Harrington and Paul Stephens…

Lockton's Brown triumphs

Karen Brown of Lockton International has been named as the winner of the inaugural individual chartered broking award by the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Looking Back 50 years: British wives dd to family income

Some time ago in the Insurance Forum, when quoting statistics and comments about women in the US who have added to the family income by taking part-time or full-time employment, I said that the position in this country would probably be broadly similar.

Penny Black's insurance week

Keeping a low profile at last week's British Insurance Brokers' Association conference, Penny did manage to sneak into a conference session chaired by the body's technical services chief Peter Staddon.

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