The latest insurance stories online

Our first photo gallery of the year has proved a real hit on insurancetimes.co.uk. Visitors to the site clicked their way through a selection of snaps from the roundtable event we held last month in Birmingham.

It featured brokers from across the Midlands, who came to discuss the state of the market with senior figures from AXA.

The photos reveal that a lively discussion took place, as well as a fair bit of networking.

You can see these photos and many more in the ‘Photo galleries’ section of the website, and keep your eye out for more exclusive galleries throughout the rest of the year.

Breaking news has also been flooding into the site, and online subscribers rushed to log on when an email landed in their inbox concerning the departure of the founder of Towergate business British Insurance. They read about the appointment of Nel Mooy, who is replacing the US-bound Simon Burgess.

Elsewhere, financial results continued to pour in, with Aviva’s 2009 figures getting plenty of clicks and the story finding its way into the 10 most-read stories.

The biggest post-recession deal to be confirmed was also a hit, as online readers read with amazement about Prudential’s deal to buy AIG’s Asian unit AIA for a staggering $35bn (£23.29bn). The industry’s involvement in the Chile earthquake also caused rumblings, with RSA confirming a £30m hit.

The latest ‘Five things you didn’t know about’ – featuring Towergates’ commercial lines underwriting chief executive Scott Brown – also crept into the top 10. In case you missed it, you can check out this and others on the site.

Online top 10

1 Photo special: Birmingham roundtable

2 Simon Burgess steps down from British Insurance

3 Drogba fined 560 for no cover

4 Aviva hit by weather and job losses

5 Aon sued for Irish flood cover

6 Fortis unveils former Direct Line MD as new retail boss

7 AIG confirms $35bn Asia sale to Prudential

8 RSA expects 30m loss from Chile earthquake

9 Five things you didn't know about...Scott Brown

10 Aon Global MD moves to Miller