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    View from Scotland

    2008-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Insurance Times together with our partner, Norwich Union, held a roundtable discussion where a panel of experts gave their views on the state of the Scottish market and the issues it faces.

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    View from Northern Ireland

    2008-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Insurance Times and our partner, Norwich Union, held a roundtable discussion where a panel of experts gave their views on the state of the Northern Irish market and the issues it faces.

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    Inflated values

    2008-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Can insurers keep prices stable when claims inflation jolts premiums and confuses customers? David Smith, Zurich’s broker chief, tells Katie Puckett that with credit hire firms on the rise, it’s tough.

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    The sharp end

    2008-10-15T00:00:00Z

    Claims has long been overlooked but it is the insurance sector’s front line. Now these seven men – claims directors at top UK firms – are leading the industry’s fightback on floods, fraud, credit hire and pleural plaques. Ellen Bennett met them. Portraits by Wilde Fry.

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    The time bomb

    2008-10-15T00:00:00Z

    The use of asbestos was banned 30 years ago but claims from people exposed to the lethal substance are still a concern for insurers. And, as Katie Puckett finds, those cases show few signs of going away.

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    Claims Top 50

    2008-10-15T00:00:00Z

    The Tough Guys - Insurance Times details the key players in the claims sector in 2008.

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    View from the South East

    2008-08-28T00:00:00Z

    Insurance Times together with our partner, Norwich Union held a roundtable discussion where a panel of experts gave their views on the state of the South East market and the issues it faces.

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    Top 50 Brokers

    2008-08-21T07:00:00Z

    Insurance Times’ annual survey of the biggest and best brokers in the UK has dealt a number of surprises.

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    Outstanding performances

    2008-08-21T00:00:00Z

    For consolidators the party seems to be over and new entrants are building sophisticated propositions to weather the storm of recession. Oliver Laughton-Scott of IMAS gives his opinion.

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    ‘The right man for the job’

    2008-08-21T00:00:00Z

    Stuart Reid is less concerned about gossip over how he beat two rivals to the helm of VPL than he is about making sure it becomes a £1bn GWP company. Ellen Bennett finds that having just bought SBJ UK, he is raring to go.

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    Hungry for Growth

    2008-08-21T00:00:00Z

    The Top 50 Brokers should beware: according to IMAS data, there are a number of smaller outfits seeing rapid growth, and snapping at their heels. Mark Skinsley spoke to two firms tipped for the top.

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    A welcome dose of optimism

    2008-08-21T00:00:00Z

    This year’s top 50 shows an impressive, and long overdue, rise in aggregate brokerage income which IMAS expert James Simpson puts down to effective marketing and hard work as well as acquisitions.

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    A capital conundrum

    2008-08-21T00:00:00Z

    London is undergoing a period of softening rates, with homegrown and international competition taking its toll on brokers. While key sector players paint a gloomy picture, Tom Flack finds things are far from black and white.

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    Back from the Dead

    2008-08-21T00:00:00Z

    Long dogged by exaggerated predictions of their demise, personal lines brokers are beating the odds and staging something of a comeback. If anything, writes Tom Flack, they have got smarter and richer.

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    Racing ahead

    2008-08-21T00:00:00Z

    When the AA and Saga joined forces under Acromas last year, a Goliath was born. Simon Douglas, the AA’s director of insurance, tells Ellen Bennett how the two companies work together while keeping their identities distinct.

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    Top 50 Brokers 2008

    2008-08-21T00:00:00Z

    Summaries of backgrounds and capabilities of the top UK brokers.

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    View from the North East

    2008-08-14T00:00:00Z

    Insurance Times together with our partner, Norwich Union held a roundtable discussion where a panel of experts gave their views on the state of the North East market and the issues it faces.

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    View from the East Midlands

    2008-07-24T00:00:00Z

    Insurance Times and Norwich Union held a round-table discussion where a panel of experts exchanged views on the state of the East Midlands market and the challenges that it faces.

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    Motor

    2008-07-17T00:00:00Z

    Another year, another depressing set of results for the UK motor market. Once again, insurers struggled to realise a profit on their motor books, besieged on all sides by soft rates, aggregators, and spiralling levels of fraud. This year, insurers released a record £1bn of reserves to prop up their ...

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    Going green

    2008-07-17T00:00:00Z

    The eco-friendly motorist is a growing phenomenon and, as Sarah Kennedy explains, many insurance providers are actively seeking ways to meet this new demand.