The latest insurance stories online

One story stood out in a swathe of insurance news stories that made it onto the web over the last week.

Online readers are all too familiar with reports of brokers being hit with fines or bans by the FSA, but the headline ‘Police hunt broker fraudster’ got mouse buttons clicking and had subscribers logging onto the site in numbers when it landed in their inboxes.

The revelations of broker Mark Hazelwood, detailed by the FSA, could also be found on a number of other sites across the web, including a blog on the Mirror website, titled: ‘Has doctor fraudster Mark Hazelwood done a bunk?’ (

Online readers also got excited about the launch of new high street broker NMJ Insurance. NMJ’s first acquisition, revealed exclusively on, is likely to be followed by several more.

Two weeks on and the Jackson Review continued to drive online traffic, with our rundown of the key findings continuing to prove popular. You can also read a special Jackson Review blog by Foil president Dan Cutts by going to our website.

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Online Top 10

1 Police hunt broker fraudster

Mark Hazelwood kept premiums in £400,000 scam

2 New high street broker makes first acquisition

Former Equity directors kick start NMJ acquisition spree

3 FSA raises client money concerns with brokers

Regulator writes to broker bosses to outline concerns after visits

4 Bolton broker hit with fine and ban

Mortgage broker who also sold insurance failed to act with ‘competence and capability’

5 Brit makes changes in Glasgow

Six appointments as Brit expands Scotland and Northern Ireland region

6 Sterling hires two senior underwriters

Commercial underwriters Nicholas Hartley and Andy Hulme join Sterling from AIG and Aviva, respectively

7 Jackson Review: key findings

Lord Justice Jackson’s key findings and recommendations

8 The house that Giles built

Will chief executive Chris Giles achieve his ambitions, especially in these difficult economic times?

9 QBE nabs motor man from Fusion

Martin Nixon joins QBE in Manchester as senior motor trade underwriter

10 JLT poaches Aon trio

Broker JLT raids rival to boost financial risks division