Airmic's annual conference went without a hitch last week. Well, until Tuesday, which saw the event's only minor blemish. Animal rights protestors put two and two together and realised that they had a chance for a day in glorious sunshine protesting about Marsh outside the conference venue - the ICC.

The broker has been accused of supporting companies involved with animal testing and the turnout of three students and the obligatory mangy-looking dog put the allegation into context. No wonder Michael Hammond, one of Marsh's three UK supremos, looked chipper rather than harassed at the event.