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ALLIANZ COMMERCIAL BOLSTERS CASUALTY TEAM

Press Releases   •   Mar 26, 2015 11:38 GMT

​Allianz Commercial is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Toal to the newly created position of casualty account manager, as it continues to strengthen its property and casualty capability.

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ALP LAUNCHES BESPOKE SOLICITORS PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE SCHEME

Press Releases   •   Mar 23, 2015 10:15 GMT

Allianz Legal Protection (ALP) and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have developed a bespoke After the Event (ATE) insurance solution for professional negligence claims against solicitors. The new product, Support4Dispute Professional Negligence, enables consumers and businesses to take legal action against a law firm which has failed the customer through negligence.

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HOME & LEGACY RELAUNCHES ITS LANDLORD INSURANCE

Press Releases   •   Mar 19, 2015 12:13 GMT

High net worth insurance specialist, Home & Legacy, has unveiled its improved and refreshed range of landlord insurance policies.

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ALLIANZ LAUNCHES NEW PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY PRODUCT FOR SMEs

Press Releases   •   Mar 18, 2015 10:37 GMT

Allianz Commercial has launched a new e-traded product, Complete Professional Indemnity (Complete PI) to the UK broker market.

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Is your firm backing the right ATE provider?

Blog posts   •   Mar 12, 2015 15:07 GMT

The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the jump season calendar and it got me thinking. If the horses running in the Gold Cup were in fact After the Event insurance providers and all the punters in the stands were law firms, which ‘horse’ is the most likely to come out on top?

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ALLIANZ RETAIL GROWS BROKER PARTNERSHIPS TEAM

Press Releases   •   Mar 06, 2015 11:29 GMT

​Allianz Retail has announced the appointment of two new key account developers for its Broker Partnerships team.

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Noise Induced Hearing Loss - is it really the new whiplash?

Blog posts   •   Mar 05, 2015 13:48 GMT

As the market begins to settle down following the legal reforms surrounding general personal injury, solicitors and insurers are now assessing the positive and negative ramifications of these changes. The spotlight has now turned to what is perceived as another ‘growth area’ - Noise Induced Hearing Loss.

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EXCELLENT GROWTH AND STRONG PROFIT IN A YEAR OF INVESTMENT FOR ALLIANZ

Press Releases   •   Feb 27, 2015 09:00 GMT

Business Highlights: • Strong financial performance with 12% growth • A year of significant investment • 450 new jobs created in the UK • Approximately 500,000 more policies in force than in 2013 • Brand recognition doubled since 2013 • On target to deliver long term profitable growth plans

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HALF OF SMOKERS DISTRACTED BEHIND THE WHEEL

Press Releases   •   Feb 23, 2015 11:26 GMT

With the new smoking ban for motorists set to come into effect from October, Allianz Insurance has found that almost half (47%) of drivers who smoke admit that they have been distracted by smoking behind the wheel.

The majority of drivers who smoke (67%) acknowledge that it does affect attention levels and, as a result, half of those polled (52%) support a complete ban to stop drivers and passengers smoking – this legislation is an important step on a journey to safer roads.

With a third of motorists (34%) not knowing what the upcoming smoking ban in cars involves, Allianz Insurance wants to raise awareness to help drivers be more focused behind the wheel.

Allianz Insurance found that Brits rated smoking behind the wheel just as distracting as eating (34% / 33%) and twice as distracting as using a sat nav (17%). According to the research, the top five driving distractions are[i]:

1.Speaking on a mobile phone (82%)

2.Messing around with the radio / music system (52%)

3.Smoking (34%)

4.Eating (33%)

5.Loud Passengers (19%)

Tim Pitts, Allianz’s road safety expert, said: “The new law prompted us to look at whether drivers felt that smoking when they were driving was a distraction and the research results suggest a large number of them do. We hope smokers will think twice about smoking when driving.

“Distracted driving has been front of mind for us for many years and we know that eating, drinking or smoking behind the wheel increases the risk of an accident by 150%[ii]. Today’s research shows that mobile phones are the biggest in-car distraction, but we know from previous tests we’ve undertaken that holding a cigarette is as distracting as holding a mobile when driving.”

The new legislation will affect drivers and passengers who smoke with under-18s in the car, but a third of UK motorists (34%) have not heard of the ban or what it involves. On average, drivers smoke three cigarettes a week with minors in the car, adding up to 156 cigarettes each year. A third of drivers (34%) are also not aware that they could face fines of up £800 for breaking the ban, and a fine of £10,000 should their passenger smoke.

For more information on Allianz Insurance, please visit: allianz.co.uk

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About the research

This survey was carried out on behalf of Allianz Insurance by OnePoll Research, who interviewed 2,000 people between 26 and 29 January 2015.

About Allianz

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, one of the leading integrated financial services providers worldwide and the largest property and casualty insurer in the world. With approximately 142,000 employees worldwide, the Allianz Group serves approximately 78 million customers in more than 70 countries.

The mission of Allianz Insurance is to be the outstanding competitor in our chosen markets by delivering products and services that our clients recommend, being a great company to work for and achieving the best combination of profit and growth.

About the upcoming ban

In February 2014, Parliament voted in favour of legislation that gave the Secretary of State powers to bring forward regulations to make private vehicles carrying children smokefree. These regulation-making powers are at Section 95 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/329885/Smoking_in_cars_carrying_children.pdf

For further information contact:

Lauren Hunt-Morgan/ Helen Braddock Consolidated PR

Tel: 020 3697 4386/ 020 3697 4320

Email: Lauren.Hunt-Morgan@consolidatedpr.com / Helen.Braddock@consolidatedpr.com

[i] Respondents selected their top three most distracting things when driving

[ii]Eating, drinking or smoking increases the risk of a traffic accident by one and a half times, according to Allianz http://knowledge.allianz.com/search.cfm?1861/road-safety-distracted-driving

With the new smoking ban for motorists set to come into effect from October, Allianz Insurance has found that almost half (47%) of drivers who smoke admit that they have been distracted by smoking behind the wheel.

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ALLIANZ COMMERCIAL TO ADOPT INSURANCE ACT REFORMS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

Press Releases   •   Feb 19, 2015 12:11 GMT

The Insurance Act 2015 reform is one of the largest overhauls in the insurance market for over a century. Allianz Commercial is pleased to announce that it will be going above and beyond the actions required and intends to adopt the reforms with immediate effect.

Although insurers have been given the option to opt out or embrace these changes by August 2016, Allianz has made a decision to better serve its customers by implementing them now. All customers* will benefit from the following changes immediately:

  • warranty free policies
  • conditions precedent will only be invoked if a breach has contributed to the loss
  • basis clause removed from policies.

In addition, Allianz has issued a market statement which sets out clear guidelines explaining the difference between innocent, deliberate or reckless non-disclosure and the remedies available to them. Although the Act does not come into force until August 2016, Allianz Commercial will handle claims as if the Act already applies, giving customers a truly transparent and fair service. The insurer has started changing policy documentation to reflect the reforms.

Neil Clutterbuck, director underwriting and technical, Allianz Commercial, commented: “We are pleased to announce that we will be embracing the Insurance Act reforms immediately. These changes will bring the market into the 21st century by rebalancing rights and remedies when things go wrong.

“It will also provide the opportunity for insurers who already demonstrate best practice in these areas to stand out from the competition. For example at Allianz, we already dedicate significant time and investment to the underwriting process and adequate risk assessment prior to inception.”

He added: “These changes are an important step towards improving industry practice and delivering greater transparency and a fairer outcome for policyholders."

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1. Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide. Around 83 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz's knowledge, global reach, capital strength and solidity to help them make the most of financial opportunities and to avoid and safeguard themselves against risks.

In 2013, around 148,000 employees in over 70 countries achieved total revenue of 110.8 billion euros.

2.   * Where Allianz participates in a co-insurance arrangement, Financial Lines (Professional Indemnity or Directors & Officers cover) or underwrite using a non-Allianz branded policy it will seek to apply the spirit of the Act, until policy documentation can be amended.

Allianz Commercial is pleased to announce that it will be going above and beyond the actions required and intends to adopt the reforms with immediate effect.

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Contacts 4 contacts

  • Press Contact
  • Communications Officer
  • ahccamy.imyododxrsuxdlagwvuniwsndvtocecoqcyin@alhuijlianz.co.uk
  • 01483 552632
  • 07794266474

  • Press Contact
  • Communications Officer
  • david.moore-crouch@allianz.co.uk
  • 01483 405742
  • 07711021748

  • Press Contact
  • Group Communications Manager
  • markhn.bisckhoemnmvap@allianz.co.upaiolwk
  • 01483 552731
  • 07802 925053

  • Press Contact
  • Senior Communications Officer
  • sian.glennane@altvjelidakvczlxzfanyalcz.co.uk
  • 01483 465 227
  • 07715 160 700

About Allianz Insurance

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

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  • Allianz Insurance
  • 57 Ladymead
  • GU1 1DB Guildford