Ask the Doctor – Free 1:1 business interruption clinic at the BIBA conference

Book your free 1:1 business interruption clinic with our FAS global senior manager and forensic accountant Nick Longson. Nick will be on our stand, B48, at the BIBA conference and exhibition on Thursday 11 May.

Establishing an accurate gross profit sum insured is essential to the correct operating of a client’s cover. Miscalculating gross profit has increasingly led to brokers facing costly negligence claims with market reputational issues.

  • Do you want to better identify factors to consider in calculating gross profit and, in turn better identify where prospects have a defective gross profit sum?
  • Are you seeking clarity on the extent of cover and maximum indemnity period you need to cover the longterm consequences of damage eg the loss of a major client?
  • Do you want to improve your understanding of the spectrum of ancillary risks for which your clients can obtain extensions under their policy?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above questions OR you want an expert sounding board for a problem claim you can outline then you need to book your free 1:1 business interruption surgery with our FAS Global senior manager and forensic accountant, Nick Longson.

Please contact Nathalie Crystal to book your slot. All slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Nathalie Crystal – 07788 386504 or nathalie.crystal@cl-uk.com

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Ask the Doctor – Free 1:1 cyber clinic at the BIBA conference

Book your free 1:1 cyber clinic with our expert practitioner Dr Mark Hawksworth at stand B48 on Wednesday 10 May.

Cyber attacks in the UK doubled last year and cyber crime is rarely far from the headlines these days. The number of incidents is on the increase and perpetrators are indiscriminate as to the type or size of companies they target.

  • Are you responsible or involved in arranging cyber insurance cover for your clients?
  • Would you like to recondition your understanding of the cyber marketplace and the issues at stake?
  • Do you want to know what’s around the corner and how it could affect you and your clients?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above questions and you’re attending the BIBA conference and exhibition this year, then you need to book your free 1:1 cyber surgery with our Global Technology Specialist Practice Group Leader, Dr Mark Hawksworth.

Please contact Nathalie Crystal to book your slot. All slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Nathalie Crystal – 07788 386504 or nathalie.crystal@cl-uk.com

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UK braces for weather bomb Storm Doris

Client Bulletin – Storm Doris – ‘a weather bomb’ to hit on Thursday

Storm and severe gales
The BBC describes the approaching Storm Doris as an ‘explosively deepening low – what meteorologists call a ‘weather bomb.’

However, there seems to be some uncertainty as to the strength of the system and there’s a variety of views – from different weather forecast models – around the specific areas of the UK that are likely to be worst hit.

WeatherNet weather warning
WeatherNet has issued a weather warning for Thursday. Storm and severe gales are expected for Wales, Northern Ireland, Southern Scotland and many areas of England, particularly the Midlands,  Northern England and East Anglia.

The strongest winds are expected to hit the UK from early Thursday morning, until around lunchtime, when gusts of 70 to 80 mph are possible.  The strongest gusts are forecast to be short lived and damage to property is expected to be limited.

Heavy rain and snow
Heavy rain is forecast across many areas of southern Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England.
Rain may fall as snow, in the region of 5-15cm in places.

HelpLine
We’re increasing the customer support team for our 24-hour emergency HelpLine – from tonight, through to tomorrow evening.  We’ll be ready to help customers if Storm Doris should cause significant property damage.

Claims Centres, Invisio & Loss Adjusting Teams
Our Invisio team and technical claims handling staff are on standby and they’re ready to provide a fast response to customers who might be impacted by the forthcoming storm.

Our loss adjusting field force and Sergon surveyors are also on standby across the UK regions.  They’ll be available to support customers needing emergency visits.

Next Update
A further update will be issued if Storm Doris should result in a significant claims event.

Contact
Mark Baird Client Relationship Director M+44 7880 780150 E mark.baird@cl-uk.com

Tidal surges threaten the East Coast of the UK

The news channels are reporting that strong winds, combined with the high tides, could cause powerful tidal surges along much of the East Coast of the UK today, and particularly during this evening’s high tide.

Latest predictions show that the timing of the strongest winds is unlikely to coincide with the high tides in each coastal area, which means that the risk of tidal flooding is not as severe as originally predicted.

As a precaution, residents are being evacuated from their homes in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, as well as other areas in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Essex and Suffolk – including Lowestoft seafront and docks, the north bank of Lake Lothing, Oulton Broad near Mutford Lock, Snape, Iken and Southwold.

Environment Agency Warnings
The Environment Agency currently has 11 severe flood warnings in place, which has fallen from yesterday.  There are also 88 flood warnings in place, as well as 78 flood alerts – particularly along the east coast, reaching from the borders of Scotland, right down to the sea front at Southend.

The Environment Agency warns that at around midday today, we could see flooding in Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay, Felixstowe Ferry Hamlet and the Deben Marshes, isolated riverside properties on the Deben estuary, and tidal Orwell at Ipswich quay.

Environment Agency teams have also moved temporary barriers and water pumps to depots and towns including Newcastle upon Tyne, Blythe, Great Yarmouth, Chelmsford, Rye, and Trusthorpe and South Ferriby in Lincolnshire. The Hull tidal barrier was operated last night and all east coast floodgates were closed.

Met Office Warnings  
The Met Office has also issued severe weather warnings for strong winds, snow and ice across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  This is caused by a polar air mass coming in from northern Canada.

HelpLine
We’re increasing the customer support team manning our 24-hour emergency HelpLine – from later today and right through the weekend.  We will be ready to help customers if we should see a major flooding incident.

Claims Centres & Loss Adjusting Teams
We have technical claims handling staff on standby and they’re ready to work late into the evening today and over the weekend, as required.

Our loss adjusting field force and Sergon surveyors are also on standby.  They will be available to support customers requiring emergency visits, across all areas that are currently at risk – through our regional network, with our Ipswich office on high alert for this afternoon.

Next Update  Currently, the potential for tidal flooding is being downgraded, but we continue to monitor the situation carefully and remain ready to respond.

A further update will be issued if this latest bout of bad weather should turn into a serious flood event.

Strong winds expected across the UK over Christmas

The current forecast from WeatherNet is for strong winds accompanied by rain, which is due to hit the UK during the early hours of Christmas Day.

It’s anticipated that Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northwest England will be worst affected, where there could be low levels of property damage particularly in exposed areas.

Flood Warnings

As at 17:00 yesterday, there were no flood warnings in place across the UK, so the rivers and waterways should be able to cope with the predicted levels of rainfall over the Christmas period.

HelpLine

We’re prepared to respond to any situation that might build over the festivities.  To cope with a potential increase in incoming calls from customers in need of help and support, we’ve tentatively increased staffing levels for our out-of-hours emergency HelpLine service.  Currently, we’re planning to double the capacity for this resource from Christmas Eve, all day on Christmas Day and through into Boxing Day.

Claims Centres, Invisio & Adjusting Teams

The current forecast doesn’t indicate that this will be a large-scale event, however, we’ll continue to monitor the situation.  We have teams of support staff on standby and our network of branch offices will be fully operational, if the situation should require.

We also have contingency plans to provide additional support for emergency visits over the Christmas and New Year period – this applies to both our Invisio inspection and traditional loss adjusting services.

Next Update 

We’ll issue a further bulletin if it looks as though this next storm is threatening to build into a potentially bigger event.

For more information:

Mark Baird Client Relationship Director M+44 7880 780150 E mark.baird@cl-uk.com

Cunningham Lindsey and Oriel Services named as finalists for the Institute of Customer Service’s UK Customer Satisfaction Awards

The Institute of Customer Service’s UK Customer Satisfaction Awards recognises organisations and individuals that have implemented successful customer service strategies.

The Cunningham Lindsey Subsidence Services team are finalists for the Best Application of Technology Award with SightCall, which was introduced to provide customers with an easier, more convenient and speedier way of carrying out initial subsidence claims surveys using their own smartphone or tablet device.

Oriel Services have been shortlisted for the Best Customer Experience Award with their restoration and repair service, our market-leading fire and wet damage solution with the aim of reducing the extent of damage and length of time our customers are out of their homes.

Winners will be announced at the UK Customer Satisfaction Awards gala ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane, London in March 2017. For more information click here.

Cunningham Lindsey are pleased to announce the arrival of Mike Skingsley as their Construction & Engineering Global SPG Leader

Cunningham Lindsey are pleased to announce the arrival of Mike Skingsley as Managing Director of Cunningham Lindsey International’s Construction & Engineering Division and also our Global Construction & Engineering SPG Leader.
Mike brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked within the loss adjusting industry for over 30 years. He qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and then moved into Loss adjusting to specialise in Construction and Engineering claims, Mike has carried out assignments throughout Europe, Asia, America, Africa and Latin America.
David Pigot, CEO of Cunningham Lindsey International said, “I am delighted that Mike is joining us to lead our Construction team going forward. He has an excellent reputation in the market for the management of a successful UK adjusting team and also major losses/programmes from a technical perspective both in the UK and overseas.
Our Construction division remains the market leader, with 39 dedicated staff based in the UK and with further recruitment in progress, I look forward to supporting Mike and the team as our growth plans take shape.”

If you would like any further information about our Construction & Engineering team and our services contact Mike directly or alternatively, please contact Ben Price on:

Ben Price
Tel: +44 207 816 1827
Mobile: +44 7831 217 510
Email: bprice@cl-int.com

 

Cunningham Lindsey International are moving

We are moving physically closer to Lloyd’s and the London Market with effect from 23 February 2015. We are joining our colleagues from Cunningham Lindsey UK at our existing Fenchurch Street offices.

The new office address will be:

60 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4AD

All of our email addresses and telephone numbers will stay the same, including the switchboard:

+44 207 816 1800 (main switchboard)