Since 14th January 2005 the general insurance industry has been under the supervision of initially the Financial Services Authority (FSA), latterly renamed the Financial Conduct Authority. This means that all providers of insurance (e.g. insurance companies and Lloyd’s of London) and firms that arrange insurance for their clients (insurance brokers, intermediaries, agents etc.) must now (by Law) be authorised by the FCA. Although travel agents that sell travel insurance (along with a holiday) and retailers selling extended warranties (for example with a washing machine) are currently exempt from FCA supervision.
The FCA’s regulatory regime is far reaching and you should notice many changes in the content and quantity of information you receive. For example – a Statement of Price which details each element of premium, insurance premium tax (IPT) and all fees that make up the total cost of your insurance. You should also look out for your Demands and Needs Statement and Key Facts Policy Summary (optional for commercial insurances). Together these provide important relevant details of your insurance cover. However, as always only your Policy Document can confirm the full terms & conditions of your insurance policy.
Dealing with an Authorised firm gives consumers added protection. For example, all Authorised firms must have in place a formal complaints procedure, this includes membership of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The FOS provides consumers with a free, independent service for resolving disputes with financial firms. In the unlikely event that our complaints procedure does not resolve an issue, you may then refer to the FOS.
In addition, all authorised firms subscribe to the The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The FSCS is the UK’s statutory fund of last resort for customers of financial services firms. This means that FSCS can pay compensation to consumers if a firm is unable, or likely to be unable, to pay claims against it.
In a nutshell, dealing with a firm Authorised by the FCA means dealing with professionals that put your needs first. In the unlikely event that something does go wrong, you can be sure that there are coordinated systems in place to help put things right.
John Millin (Southport) Ltd. trades as Millins Chartered Insurance Brokers; is registered at London under Certificate No. 849631; and is Authorised and Regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) you can check this out by visiting the FCA Register try searching for our firm reference no. 307628 or the name Millin.
To learn more about the services we provide, please contact us and/or our view our terms of business agreements here:-
Consumer Clients Terms of Business Agreement 2022 for individuals and non-profit organisations seeking insurance advice
Commercial Clients Terms of Business Agreement 2022 for small/medium sized businesses seeking insurance advice
Corporate Clients Terms of Business Agreement 2022 for larger businesses and enterprises requiring insurance and risk management services
Consumer Clients Terms of Business Agreement 2021 for individuals and non-profit organisations seeking insurance advice
Commercial Clients Terms of Business Agreement 2021 for small/medium sized businesses seeking insurance advice
Corporate Clients Terms of Business Agreement 2021 for larger businesses and enterprises requiring insurance and risk management services
The Insurance Act
The Insurance Act 2015 came into force in August 2016. It’s important as it aimed to combine previous Insurance Law into a single act and deals with scenarios where Insurers may not have been given the full facts of a risk.
It reforms the law when it comes to non-consumer policyholders (i.e where the policy is related to trade, business or profession) and introduces a new duty of fair presentation when providing details for a business insurance quote/policy although many aspects of the Act also deal with Personal/Consumer Insurance.
You can read our Client Guide to The Insurance Act and as ever, if in doubt, we recommend you disclose all facts to your broker and we can advise accordingly.
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