Broker sector shows resilience to imminent exit from the EU

22 Feb 2017

With Article 50 due to be triggered by the end of March, UK brokers remain resilient despite initial post-Brexit uncertainty, according to the findings of the Q4 Broker Pulse survey from insurance and risk law firm BLM.

Of those questioned, 97% said that they had not seen a drop in appetite for UK insurance products since the EU referendum vote last June. This was the key finding from the most recent Broker Pulse, a quarterly poll which questions UK brokers on issues affecting their community.

Helen Devery, partner and head of broker sector at BLM, said: “The International Underwriting Association previously stated that £7.3 billion of premiums currently written in London could be affected upon leaving the EU. Yet, our results show that Brexit seems to have had no direct negative effect on the broker sector so far, which is very promising.

“Although the vote to leave didn’t have the impact on the sector that was first anticipated, this round of the Broker Pulse did still highlight that 65% of brokers see the consequences of Brexit as a key risk to their customers while the future remains uncertain.”

The Q4 Broker Pulse also revealed that 55% of brokers in the UK think the risk of negligence claims against them has risen as a consequence of the Insurance Act 2015, suggesting that the change in legislation could have both positive and negative consequences.

Helen continued: “With the Insurance Act came the requirement for fair presentation of risk and these findings suggest that this is a concern for the majority of the broker community. It is therefore important that brokers are well informed about what information is needed and from whom if they are to reduce the risk of facing negligence claims.

One of the other main findings from the survey was that 57% of brokers see product liability cover for manufacturers of connected home devices as a potential growth area in the next ten years.

Helen concluded: “These results regarding the internet of things confirm a suspicion that the rise of the connected home will likely lead to an increased risk of household devices malfunctioning. The expected rise in popularity of connected devices also begs the question as to how they will be insured in the next few years, since many of them could also require cover for cyber risk as they are increasingly being targeted by hackers.”

Other findings from the most recent Broker Pulse survey include:

  • 48% of brokers are seeing an increased appetite for directors and officers liability insurance for cyber threats and regulatory scrutiny.
  • Only 20% of brokers have seen their customers respond to recent health and safety fines under the new sentencing guidelines with increased board level engagement.

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to clients of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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