Danny Walkinshaw looks at the latest insurance stories online

Last week’s £40m heist at Mayfair jeweller Graff received major online coverage when the police released photos and mobile phone video footage of the robbery. Insurancetimes. co.uk revealed that global broking giant Willis had been the broker for Graff, while XL Insurance was believed to be the lead insurer.

The news was a big hit amongst our subscribers, who started clicking as soon as the news landed in their inbox. It was the most read story over the past week.

Industry big-hitters are used to making the headlines, so it will be no surprise to former Axa chief executive Peter Hubbard that his appointment as a non-executive director at new Primary Group company UK General entered the top five. Hubbard’s new role, which sees him set to join the boards of merged companies Longhawk Insurance Group and PBS Holdings before it is rebranded as UK General later this year, comes five months after Insurancetimes.co.uk revealed his comeback to the general insurance market at law firm Keoghs.

Elsewhere on the site, results dominated again, with RBS Insurance and Allianz amongst a number of firms reporting their half-year results. RSA’s new chief operating officer Christian Torkington also made the most read list.

Michael Jackson’s inquest also came back on to the radar, with the Guardian reporting that any claim on Jackson's insurance policy for his O2 gigs will fail if it is proved that he took illegal drugs.

Finally, don’t forget to check out our photo gallery to see all the pictures from Insurance Times’ IT Pack events.


Online Top Five

  • Willis brokers for £40m jewel heist

London jewellers raided by gunmen in UK's second biggest robbery

  • Another new role for former Axa boss Hubbard

Peter Hubbard joins the board of UK General Insurance

  • RBS Insurance starts decline

Profits fell by nearly 28% in troubled banks first half of 2009

  • RSA unveils new UK COO

Christian Torkington joins from Scottish Widows

  • Allianz ready for market upturn

Poor half-year results as P&C business hit by weather