Christmas always generates a flurry of activity among PR practitioners and those in the insurance industry are no different. Among the gems to land in Backchat's inbox have been dire warnings about making sure Christmas turkeys are insured and a letter to Santa Claus from Allianz Cornhill Engineering advising him of the dangers of working at height.

But perhaps the saddest messages have been about the office Christmas party. Not only has Hiscox warned bosses of the liabilities they could be faced with as a result of raucous celebrations, but a survey of insurance managers by the Chartered Management Institute has found that most don't even want an office Christmas party, saying they think work celebrations are forced, go on for too long and are boring. That's the spirit.