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ALLIANZ APPOINTS HEAD OF PROPERTY CLAIMS

Press Releases   •   Jan 18, 2017 09:00 GMT

Allianz Insurance has appointed Nick Lock to the position of head of property claims. Nick’s promotion comes as David Watkins retires from the business after 11 years

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ALLIANZ EXPOSES PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS AS FUNDAMENTALLY DISHONEST

Press Releases   •   Jan 13, 2017 10:59 GMT

Allianz is celebrating another successful finding of fundamental dishonesty, after a court of appeal ruled that two opportunists had exaggerated their personal injury claims.

The claimants alleged they had been involved in a collision with Allianz’s insured, resulting in both attending medical examinations after the accident and allegedly complaining to be in pain 12 months following the incident.

The case was taken to trial after the vehicle’s GPS ruled out that Allianz’s insured had no involvement in the collision, indicating that this was a case of mistaken identity. After the defendant successfully opposed both applications, the claimants discontinued their respective cases and left court before giving evidence, with the hope of not paying their claims costs.

Furthermore, the evidence from the claimant’s own insurance engineer contradicted the claimant’s description of the vehicle damage as ‘severe’ after the inspection proved the damage was ‘light’. The court ruled this was a case of fundamental dishonesty after agreeing there had been ‘conscious and substantial material exaggeration of the symptoms’ resulting in Allianz’s insured being able to recover the costs.

On balance the appeal court considered that there was enough evidence to conclude that both claimants had exaggerated their injuries and the severity of any incident and went on to dismiss both appeals.

Nick Kelsall, technical claims manager at Allianz, said: “This is another significant and positive case for the industry. I hope it is used as a great example of tackling the real and live problem of dishonest and exaggerated claims.

“This is the second major finding of fundamental dishonesty Allianz has obtained in a matter of months, showing that Allianz will stand firm and fight when it’s the right thing to do. What is clear is that Allianz will not be seen as a soft touch when it comes to dishonest and exaggerated claims and it is important that we continue to protect our customers’ interests in this way”.

Mike Dobson, partner at insurance and risk law firm BLM, said: “We are extremely pleased with the judgment. From the start of this case, it became clear to us that there were many inconsistencies in the stories of the claimants, who looked to hide behind existing legislation to avoid costs. Unfortunately, personal injury will always be an area plagued with fraudulent or dishonest claims, but the extension of fundamental dishonesty provided by this case should help to reduce the number of fraudulent claims in the future.”

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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 85 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 2015, over 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenues of approximately 125.2bn euros.

Allianz is celebrating another successful finding of fundamental dishonesty, after a court of appeal ruled that two opportunists had exaggerated their personal injury claims.

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ALLIANZ AND MARMALADE BACK USE OF BLACK BOX TECHNOLOGY TO HELP COMBAT CAR CRIME

Press Releases   •   Dec 22, 2016 14:44 GMT

A black box policy holder with Marmalade the leading provider of cars and insurance for 17-24 year-olds, underwritten by Allianz, has been reunited with his stolen vehicle after police used the black box's in-built GPS to trace its location.

Police were able to use the car’s black box to recover the vehicle 25 miles away after it was stolen from the policyholder’s home address in Hertfordshire. Two men were arrested just a few hours after the theft, when the car was found.

Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade, said: “This is a great story and we will start to hear more examples like this. I’m certain that if black box technology were used more widely we would see more car owners reunited with their stolen cars more quickly and an increase in convictions. ”

The black box data was able to show that the vehicle was stolen at 09.37 on November 16th from the policyholder’s address in Hertfordshire. This journey was recorded as “red”, meaning a number of harsh braking acceleration and cornering events were detected. A number of other journeys were made on the same day whilst in the thieves’ possession, within the region of North London.

Crispin continues: “I was pleased to hear our young customer was quickly reunited with his car. The use of telematics offers so many clear benefits to drivers, including encouraging safer and better driving, affordability as well as peace of mind. I hope the government starts to take note of this and the use of black box technology is taken more seriously next year as a priority for young drivers.”

James Tucker, smart technologies manager, Allianz Insurance said: “This is a fantastic example of how technology and insurance helped a customer when they needed it most.Connecting to our customers clearly brings them many benefits but also helps the wider community by improving road safety and reducing crime.”

Using up-to-date black box technology, Marmalade monitors driving and flags to young drivers when there is a problem based on accelerating, braking, cornering and speed. If there is an issue, the customer care team call the drivers within 24 hours to discuss what happened and provide advice on avoiding the same mistakes. This has enabled Marmalade to achieve a driver safety record which is almost four times better than the national average, which has in turn meant that it can keep premiums low.

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Notes to Editors

Marmalade is the leading provider of car insurance and cars for young drivers. Founded in 2006, it helps young drivers get behind the wheel, keeps them safe, improves their driving skills and saves money.

On a national basis, 1 in 5 young drivers is involved in an accident within the first six months of passing their test. With Marmalade, this statistic reduces to 1 in 18 meaning their young drivers are nearly four times less likely to be involved in an accident as they develop their driving skills in this critical period.

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 85 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 2015, over 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenues of approximately 125.2bn euros.

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A black box policy holder with Marmalade, the leading provider of cars and insurance for 17-24 year-olds, underwritten by Allianz, has been reunited with his stolen vehicle after police used the black box's in-built GPS to trace its location.

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ALLIANZ AWARDS 36 BROKERS PLACES ON ITS 2017 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

Press Releases   •   Dec 21, 2016 10:47 GMT

Allianz Insurance will welcome 36 new brokers to its Scholarship Programme in January. Places were once again in very high demand with more than 170 applications for this year’s intake.

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ALLIANZ STRENGTHENS ENGINEERING ACCOUNT DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Press Releases   •   Dec 19, 2016 09:59 GMT

Allianz has appointed Gary Tonks to the position of technical account development manager, Engineering.

In his new role, Gary will manage several key Allianz Engineering accounts. He will offer a high level of technical support to clients, as well as working with Allianz’s businesses development teams to win new business and then overseeing the transition of those accounts.

Gary joined Allianz in 2010 as an engineer surveyor, specialising in the Lift & Crane discipline. His responsibilities included thorough examinations on a variety of lifting equipment, as well as maintaining positive working relationships with clients. Since joining the company, he has gained an NVQ level 4 in Engineering Surveying of Equipment, Systems and Services, as well as achieving Incorporated Engineer status with the Engineering Council.

With almost 30 years’ experience in the engineering sector, Gary has previously worked for Tarmac Construction and Canadian powered access manufacturers, Skyjack.

Steve Ford, special services manager, Allianz Insurance, commented: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to fill such a pivotal role internally, demonstrating the strength of Allianz’s talent pool and our commitment to investing in our people. Gary has a wealth of experience in the engineering sector, and I’m really looking forward to the knowledge he is going to bring to the Key Accounts team.”


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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 85 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 2015, over 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenues of approximately 125.2bn euros.

Allianz has appointed Gary Tonks to the position of technical account development manager, Engineering.

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ALLIANZ UK EXTENDS SUPPORT OF BRITISH PARALYMPIC ASSOCIATION UNTIL TOKYO 2020

Press Releases   •   Dec 15, 2016 10:00 GMT

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) and Allianz UK have extended their partnership through until 2020, including both the PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Allianz UK first partnered with the BPA in January 2016 as the team completed their final preparation for a record-breaking Games in Rio that summer.The extension complements the Allianz SE Group’s support of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) which now runs through until 2020.

Allianz UK will support the BPA with their crucial preparations for Pyeongchang and Tokyo, ensuring that the most competitive ParalympicsGB team is ready to compete on the biggest stage in disability sport and to inspire and engage the nation through their performances on the field of play.

The BPA will continue to support Allianz’s commitment to promoting inclusion, diversity, and excellence, both in the workplace and in the world of competitive sport.

Jon Dye, chief executive, Allianz Insurance, commented: “We are delighted to announce that we will continue to partner with the BPA through until 2020. With ParalympicsGB’s tremendous performance at Rio 2016, the success of our brand building programme and Allianz’s continued support at International level, it was an easy decision to continue our support. The 2016 partnership was incredibly popular with colleagues and we are very proud to continue the association.”

Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive of the BPA, added: “Allianz have very much established themselves as part of the Paralympic family here in the UK through their work with us, a team of athlete ambassadors and their broadcast partnership with Channel 4. We are delighted to continue to develop this relationship as we look towards Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020.”

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Head of Communications
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david.keel@allianz.co.uk

About The British Paralympic Association and ParalympicsGB

The British Paralympic Association is the National Paralympic Committee for the UK, responsible for the promotion of the Paralympic movement in Great Britain and selecting, entering and funding the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic team.

ParalympicsGB is the name for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team that competes at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. The Team is selected and managed by the British Paralympic Association, in conjunction with the national governing bodies, and is made up of the best sportsmen and women who compete in the 22 summer and four winter sports on the Paralympic Programme.

We know that the outstanding performances of our athletes have a powerful impact on the British public and can shift perceptions of disability in society, helping to inspire a better world for disabled people.

The BPA would like to thank the National Lottery, UK Sport and our official partners adidas, Allianz, BP, BT, Deloitte, EDF Energy, Hogan Lovells, Mondelēz International, Nissan and Sainsbury’s for their support.

Donate to Supercharge ParalympicsGB.


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 85 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 2015, over 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenues of approximately 125.2bn euros.

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The British Paralympic Association (BPA) and Allianz UK have extended their partnership through until 2020, including both the PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

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SPARE A THOUGHT FOR THE DESIGNATED DRIVERS WHO KEEP OUR ROADS SAFER AT CHRISTMAS

Press Releases   •   Dec 09, 2016 10:52 GMT

Christmas is a time for remembering family and friends and Allianz Insurance wants to add another group of people to those we think of at this time of year – Designated Drivers!

Allianz found that over a third of people (36%) will take on the role of Designated Driver over the festive period so that their passengers can attend an event and enjoy a drink or two.

Some Designated Drivers feel they are making a significant personal sacrifice because 36% said they are only doing it because it’s ‘their turn’. And for many drivers, their good deed turned into a rather challenging experience - 59% of Designated Drivers said their passengers had done something annoying during the journey back.

Here are the Designated Driver top five things they wished their passengers had not done during the drive home:

1.Being ill in the car

2.Making too much noise

3.Laughing at things that just aren’t funny to a sober person

4.Distracting the driver when the car is moving

5.Asking to take extra people home

Drink driving is a serious consideration all year round but over the Christmas period the temptation to have a few drinks can be strong. So it’s reassuring to know that 82% of Designated Drivers plan to remain teetotal when ‘on duty’. However, considerable caution is needed among the 17% of Designated Drivers who say they will consume some alcohol at the event but not enough to be over the drink drive limit.

The Designated Driver isn’t just important for family occasions; they are also a force for good following the work Christmas party which is a notoriously boozy affair. Allianz found that 16% of people are using some sort of car share arrangement to get home. However, 1 in 10 people (10%) are planning to drive themselves home. These self-drivers could be taking a chance as 1 in 5 people (20%) said they had previously stopped someone from driving home from a work party because they’d consumed too much alcohol.

The day after the party is also important for anyone thinking of driving having consumed alcohol the day before. More than 6 in 10 of people (61%) said they had drunk enough at the party to make them uncertain about whether they were over the drink drive limit when they drove the next day.

Simon Brimicombe, director of underwriting, said:

“People who have consumed a fair amount of alcohol at an event need to be careful the day after because they could still be unfit to drive. Our advice is not to risk it if you are in any doubt.

Simon added:

“Designated Drivers are unsung heroes when it comes to keeping people safe on the road. We are asking partygoers to spare a thought for the people who help make our roads a safer place, particularly at Christmas when there are so many parties to go to.It must be quite a sacrifice for the drivers who like to have a drink and let their hair down when they go to a party, but have agreed to sacrifice some of their fun so that others can get home safely and keep their driving licenses.”

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Notes to editors:

1)Allianz carried out the research between 24-16 October 2016.

2)The survey questioned 2000 people.

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 85 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 2015, over 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenues of approximately 125.2bn euros.

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Allianz found that over a third of people (36%) will take on the role of Designated Driver over the festive period so that their passengers can attend an event and enjoy a drink or two. And for many drivers, their good deed turned into a rather challenging experience - 59% of Designated Drivers said their passengers had done something annoying during the journey back.

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ALLIANZ ANNOUNCES NEW PETPLAN PARTNERSHIP WITH PETS AT HOME

Press Releases   •   Dec 08, 2016 09:00 GMT

Allianz owned Petplan has announced a new partnership with Pets at Home. The move adds retail to Petplan’s extensive distribution network and enables Pets at Home to strengthen its insurance proposition for customers.

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ALLIANZ LEGAL PROTECTION LAUNCHES FACILITY TO SUPPORT LAW FIRMS FOR DISBURSEMENT COSTS

Press Releases   •   Dec 06, 2016 09:40 GMT

Allianz Legal Protection (ALP) has launched an innovative solution to support specialist personal injury and clinical negligence law firms. The new initiative allows law firms to receive an immediate benefit from ALP’s after the event insurance (ATE) policy, alleviating the cash flow burden that firms face due to disbursement expenditure.

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ALLIANZ NAMES NEW STRATEGIC ACCOUNT MANAGER

Press Releases   •   Nov 28, 2016 10:19 GMT

Allianz Insurance has announced the appointment of Ross McCallum to the role of strategic account manager.

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