The tragic events at Grenfell Tower in June 2017 have further impacted upon the availability of Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance in an already difficult market.
The UK construction PI market has deteriorated over the last 12 months and continues to do so. Following a ‘Thematic Review’ by Lloyds of London in 2018 many loss-making syndicates have been forcibly put into run-off, and others have had their capacity reduced. In the last 12 months Aspen, Brit, Hamilton Syndicate 3334, Novae and most recently Pioneer Syndicate have withdrawn from the UK PI market entirely and several others have withdrawn from underwriting ‘design and construct’ and construction PI. As a result most insurers that maintain any appetite for this sector are quoting increased premiums, higher excesses and limiting their exposure through restricted policy coverage.
Imagine logging onto your computer and being met with the following message:
All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are now encrypted.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase an unique private key.
Only we can give you this key and only we can recover your files.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DELETE THIS FILE, UNTIL ALL YOUR DATA IS RECOVERED
FAILING TO DO SO, WILL RESULT IN YOUR SYSTEM CORRUPTION, IF THERE ARE DECRYPTION ERRORS
As UK companies consider the need to look beyond traditional markets, for their products and services, they also need to ensure that they comply with local insurance and tax regulations and protect their balance sheets from additional exposures.
Many factors can contribute to driving up the cost of claims and insurance policyholders need to be aware that, in turn, this could lead to higher premiums. Claims inflation can affect many types of insurance including motor, property, liability, plant and construction.
Attacks at Manchester Arena and London Bridge demonstrated a gap in the cover provided by terrorism insurance policies.
The Government has announced new plans to prevent private landlords from evicting tenants without a "concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law" in order to bring tenancies to an end.
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) statistics confirm that in 2018 slips, trips or falls accounted for over 30% of non-fatal workplace injuries and over 20% of non-fatal workplace injuries that resulted in a more than seven day employee absence.
There is clear evidence that sprinklers are a valuable business risk reduction feature that can quickly extinguish a fire and help prevent it from spreading. A properly installed sprinkler system will detect the fire’s heat, initiate an alarm, and activate just moments after the flames appear.
In 2018, the review by Lloyds of London sent ripples through the Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) market. The review confirmed that UK PII has been unprofitable, for most insurers, for many years, making it the second least profitable class at Lloyds. As a result, Lloyds issued an ultimatum to all syndicates that underwrite PII that they need to put their house in order and put in place an action plan for loss-making PII portfolios to return to a sustainable profit.
The Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) came into force across the EU in 2004 establishing the framework for environmental liability based on the principle that the polluter - pays and is required to make good the environmental damage they have caused, whether deliberate, or accidental.
It is estimated that one in five claims made on home buildings and contents insurance policies are for damage caused by water leaks. Whilst insurers will be breathing a sigh of relief that the frozen pipe season is over for another year, they remain acutely aware that leaking washing machines, dishwashers, baths, showers and storage tanks represent constant threats throughout the year.
There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fumes can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans.
The Government’s 2019 Cyber Security Breaches Survey* reveals that 32% of businesses have identified breaches or attacks and that 78% of businesses now rate cyber security as a high priority. However, they often struggle to identify effective solutions to protect, manage and mitigate cyber risk.
A failure to act on the information provided by modern risk management tools has resulted in a fine of £2.3 million for bus company, Midland Red (South), part of Stagecoach.
Cyber Liability Insurance is developing into an important line of cover for modern businesses of all types and sizes. It is an evolving product and the number of insurers offering this cover continues to increase. Unsurprisingly the scope of cover offered by these insurers varies widely leading to some press comment that cyber policies are not fit for purpose and that cyber insurance claims are not getting paid.
At Franklands Insurance & Risk Management we continue to review the Cyber Liability Insurance offerings currently available and will help address these misconceptions.