Post - 2011-05-12

Technology: Will the cookie crumble?

The revised Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive could see computer cookies swallowed up unless explicit consent is given for their insertion in users' computers when they visit a company's website.

Reinsurer cat budgets exhausted after Q1

Reinsurers' annual budgets have been exhausted after the major natural catastrophe losses in the first quarter were followed by 150 tornadoes hitting 13 south-eastern US states last month. According to Dominic Simpson, vice president, senior credit…

Postbox: time to up the ante in fight against fraud?

Graham Odiam's article on 'first-party fraud' touches on a moral dilemma. Insurers have a desire to retain policyholders by providing a good service — both at policy inception and at claim time — but also need to prevent and detect fraud efficiently.

Lloyds seeks GI partner to focus on banking

Lloyds Banking Group is expected to seek a joint venture partner for its general insurance business amid strong speculation that it is gearing up to dispose of its Edinburgh-based life and pensions business Scottish Widows.

Sponsorship: Olympian ideals

With the London Olympics now only 14 months away, Mairi MacDonald caught up with major UK medal hope Jessica Ennis to talk about preparing for the most significant event of her career, the benefits of corporate sponsorship and the practice of insuring…

Energy - small operators: Oiling the wheels

Oil and gas is a high-risk industry and insurance prices reflect this. Gordon Patterson explains why this is a problem for smaller operators and what they can do to ensure they are not priced out of the market.

Sponsorsip - Olympics: Fencing fantastic

Since securing a five-year sponsorship package with Lloyd's insurer Beazley at the beginning of the year, prospects for the British fencing team have never looked brighter. The Beazley deal is valued at £1m and runs until the end of 2015.

Elite threatens ABI withdrawal

Elite Insurance has become the latest legal expenses specialist to threaten withdrawal from the Association of British Insurers over the trade body's support of the Jackson Review.

Sponsorship - Olympics: The hard cycle

It's not just insurers that have caught Olympic fever and begun backing Britain's sporting talent. Daniel Dunkley details how loss adjuster Davies hopes to help cycling sensation Andy Tennant power his way to games glory.

Rehabilitation: Embedding rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is now widely accepted by UK motor insurers, but its record continues to be mixed on implementation. Mark Baylis urges firms to consider the wider context of rehabilitation if further progress is going to be made.

Penny Black's insurance week

Given his aspirations as a pop impresario, Penny was interested to see former IAG UK boss and Hastings investor Neil Utley enter the annual Rich List chart above the likes of George Michael, Robbie Williams and Phil Collins.

Coalition government: State of the nation: one year on

Last week's overwhelming 'no' vote in the referendum on the UK's voting system has only served to deepen divisions and highlight political polar positions within government, but how does the insurance industry rate the coalition's first 12 months in…

Crisis Survivor closes doors

Risk management specialist Crisis Survivor has entered liquidation four years after its launch, claiming "insurers failed to recognise its value".

Interview - Tim Coles: up and at it

After serving in the army, Tim Coles, chief executive of Howden, found fresh excitement in the world of insurance. Mairi MacDonald talks to him about the company's unique attitude and his plans to grow the business further.

Editor's comment: are some more equal?

Tales of the unexpected it is not, but the level of animosity now being directed by legal expenses insurers towards their supposedly protective big brother — that's to say, the Association of British Insurers — may have taken some by surprise.

Catastrophic claims: Bridging the gap

David Cameron’s oft-repeated slogan for the current age of austerity is ‘we’re all in this together’. However, in the world of severe injury claims, the ever-increasing gap between provision for disabled people who are in a position to claim compensation…

Pearson joins Oamps

Former Giles Insurance Brokers retail managing director Howard Pearson has joined Oamps' UK operation as divisional broking director.

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