Post - 2010-11-18

Comment - redundancy: Old skills, new start

Being made redundant when you've been working in an industry for several decades is tougher than when just starting out. Trevor Brittain offers sage advice about exploring new avenues after finding himself in such a situation.

Penny Black's insurance week

Penny dragged her aching bones off to the world-famous Pineapple Dance Studios in London's Covent Garden for a spot of Latin dancing with the ladies of SSP and a select few from the insurance sorority.

Personal injury - Government reform: How far will they go?

With Lord Jackson's and Lord Young's reports both being delivered in close succession, the question is now whether or not the government has the appetite to deliver change to the personal injury space with some or all of the recommendations being…

PSTF: Senior execs at IT turning point

Jem Eskenazi, chief information officer at Groupama, told delegates the advent of technology in the insurance market was "nothing new", but added senior management are more receptive than ever to embrace technology.

Interview - Wayne Felton: Building interest

If building firm Mitie's entrance into the insurance repair market had not caused enough stir, the decision of its largest rival, Rok, to enter administration has raised even more interest in Mitie's plans. Leigh Jackson met the firm's property solutions…

Once-in-a-decade op

The consultation into the implementation of Lord Justice Jackson's proposals is the best window of opportunity the industry has had for more than 10 years to influence change.

Ceiops' IMD delay raises hopes over review outcome

The five-month delay of the Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Supervisors' submission to the European Commission on the revision of the Insurance Mediation Directive demonstrates the complexity of opinion on the subject, according…

Hardy still open to Beazley negotiations

Hardy's chief executive has said the insurer would be willing to discuss an improved offer from Beazley, despite the latter's threat to withdraw its renewed offer of 330p per share in cash after it was rejected.

Comment - flooding: Passing the buck on floods

There is demonstrable lack of interest on all sides when it comes to improving buildings' flood defences and risk profiles. The industry, government and homeowners all need to work together, argues David Walker.

Editor's comment: Commercially viable

The news that Iprism has secured private equity backing, which effectively values the business at £50m, is further evidence that the future of online commercial trading has finally reached its 'tipping point'.

Career development: Ask the expert

I've been trying to recruit for a couple of positions for more than three months but am having trouble securing the right candidates. Would I be best waiting for the new year?

Personal injury - Culture change: Care, not cash

A perceptual shift must occur within the industry as well as across the public and the legal profession to replace cash in personal injury claims with care, argues Andrew Pemberton. Without it, the UK will struggle to escape the blame-and-claim culture…

Postbox: Qualifying search strategies

Regarding the article "Insurers are failing to properly utilise Google", based on research from Greenlight's July quarterly sector report covering search in insurance, I would like to qualify the following in relation to paid search and bidding…

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