. Gross written premium (1999):

Gross written premium (1999):


Year company established:

UK head office:
1 Great St Helen's
tel: 020 7448 6000
fax: 020 7448 6900


Company history:
The Hiscox Group is the only insurance group from a Lloyd's background to embrace a Lloyd's managing agency and Financial Services Authority- approved insurance company. Hiscox Insurance Company markets products to the UK regional broker network and several countries in mainland Europe. Hiscox syndicates manages Hiscox syndicate 33 at Lloyd's. Hiscox is the holding company and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange.

Hiscox Insurance Company focuses on four key areas: commercial property owners, high-value household insurance, personal and commercial schemes, and professional indemnity specialist risks. These products are available through Hiscox's offices in London, Glasgow, Harrogate, Birmingham, Paris, Amsterdam and Munich.

The syndicate underwrites an international book of business in Lloyd's and is a leader in property, marine, political risks, kidnap and ransom, specie, fine art and reinsurance

Chief officer:
Sian Fisher, chief underwriting officer

Sian Fisher started her insurance career as a graduate trainee at Lloyd's broker, Marsh and joined Hiscox in 1991. From 1991 until the end of 1997 she was in charge of the professional indemnity, directors and officers and liability account for the Hiscox Group.

Seeking out new or emerging professions to help protect against a litigious environment, Fisher and her team specialise in media, technology and telecoms companies. In 1998 she moved to set up a new commercial lines department for Hiscox Insurance Company providing full package insurances, for professions and emerging professions. In November 1999 she became chief underwriting officer responsible for all business areas, adding high net worth personal lines, Hiscox Online and Hiscox's European underwriting to her responsibilities

UK branch offices:

UK staff:

UK general insurance agents:

UK general insurance “club style” agents:
all agents are “club style/elite”

Main classes of business:
personal lines; high net worth, household and affinity schemes, commercial lines; professional insurances including property, liability and professional indemnity focused on media, IT and financial services industries, and property owners

Key general insurance personnel:
Robert Hiscox, chairman
Wendy Wastnidge, director, personal lines
Philip Perry, director, property underwriting
Gary Head, director, commercial lines
David Sweeney, regional business director
Ian Martin, finance director