GWP less treaty: £744.7m

Head office


QBE Insurance Group, 82 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

t: +61 2 9375 4444

f: +61 2 9235 3166

UK address:

QBE International Insurance, Corn Exchange, 55 Mark Lane, London EC3R 47NE

t: 020 7456 0000

f: 020 7680 1962


All figures quoted relate to the UK-based QBE International Insurance Ltd and QBE Insurance Company (UK) Ltd, which form part of QBE European operations.

Year established: 1886

Company history:

QBE European operations, based in London, offers commercial and retail insurance in addition to coverage via Lloyd's. It is one of four divisions, which comprise QBE Insurance Group.

Established in 1886, QBE Insurance Group is one the world's leading international insurance and reinsurance groups, headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

The group consists of diversified insurance and reinsurance activities, operating out of 38 countries worldwide and gross written premium of $4.8bn to half-year end 30 June 2004.

QBE's principal operating subsidiaries are rated 'A+ by Standard & Poor's and A+ by Fitch Ratings.

Main lines of business:

QBE International Insurance and QBE Insurance Company (UK) write the following commercial lines: bloodstock and equine, casualty treaty, credit, surety & political risk, financials risks, general liability, leisure and sport, marine treaty, motor treaty, motor fleet, personal accident, personal accident treaty, product protection and warranty, property, property treaty, speciality and professional lines, trade credit, UK employers' liability, UK public liability.

Number of UK employees: 603

Chief officer: Steven Burns, chief executive, QBE European operations.