Post - 2011-03-31

Law Commission rejects fraud law appeal

The Law Commission has rejected insurance industry proposals to review the law so people who commit third-party insurance fraud lose the right to recover genuine claims, after it was not deemed to have "sufficient support" by the Ministry of Justice.

Comment - commercial insurance: Trouble brewing

In the wake of a damning report on the commercial lines insurance market, Roger Flaxman enters the debate and examines the clash between insurers' principle of utmost good faith and their fiduciary duty to shareholders.

Postbox: rate access is a reality

I was interested to read Phil Bunker's View from the Top in which he, quite rightly, challenged broker software houses to work more like the direct market and aggregators and enable insurer rate changes to be effected in a more frequent and efficient…

In Series - Fraud: Two sides to every story

Taking fraudsters to court can be a risky business for insurers, as if they lose the negative publicity can be overwhelming. Rachel Gordon looks at encouraging signs that the industry is fighting back.

Postbox: the easy touch environment

We now have another report that tells us what is wrong with our industry. Embargoed until 11 March, the Transport Select Committee's report made the headlines with breakfast television blaming referral fees for the rises in premiums; later, radio put the…

Regional Report - Dublin: Dublin up

Ireland has been bailed out by the International Monetary Fund, insolvencies and unemployment are up, insurers premium incomes down and rates show no sign of real hardening. But, when Stephanie Denton visited Dublin she found the market surprisingly…

The Claimant's View: Health & safety gone mad

Health & safety has gone mad. I never thought I would say those words, associated as they are with sections of the media that love to blame health & safety regulations for everything that is wrong with society today.

Preston set to join RFU

Aon director Craig Preston is set to join the Rugby Football Union in the new post of head of people development.

Legal Update: Camden fire conclusions

After a fire at Camden Market in 2008 due to portable heaters, Andrew Blair and Joanne Whyld look at the resulting court case that ensued over the broker's failure to keep the insured fully informed.

Former Homeserve duo reunited

Crawford & Company account manager Ritchie Marshall is set to take up a newly created role at claims validation specialist Imperial Consultants, Post has learnt.

RBSI to learn from past experience

Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance has claimed its new partnership with Sainsbury's Finance will benefit from the lessons it learnt from its failure to retain former partner Tesco Bank.

News analysis - Fraud: Northern fraud

Earlier this month, a judge jailed a Bury man for contempt of court for his part in a motor insurance fraud. Mairi MacDonald considers the consequences of this landmark ruling.

View from the top: Delivering SME excellence

In the short time since I became SME director at RSA, small to medium-sized businesses have seen some dramatic changes. They have experienced painfully sharp rises in fuel, energy and materials costs, which have culminated in annual small business…

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