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Brokerbility Holdings Ltd (part of the Clear Group) is awarded Investors in People’s Gold Standard accreditation

Brokerbility Holdings Ltd ‘BHL’ (part of the Clear Group) has been awarded the Gold Standard by Investors in People (IIP), following a rigorous assessment process conducted by an IIP assessor in August. This is an inspirational achievement for everyone at BHL and the Clear Group and a testament to BHL’s drive, focus and commitment to ‘make work better’. It is also the hallmark of a conscientious employer and the product of an outstanding workplace, and we should all feel very proud of this well-deserved accolade.  

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How to evaluate whether your staff benefits are an asset - or a risk

The chief objective of most employee benefits programmes is to increase staff happiness. The advantages of doing so are clear - overarching business goals of expansion and increased efficiency become more achievable, staff turnover and the associated costs of recruitment can be lowered, and overall productivity can be improved.

But a benefits programme that is not effective or well optimised for the business offers the reverse of these - and can instead constitute a risk.

If your business offers staff a benefits package, evaluating whether it constitutes an asset or a potential liability to your business should be a priority.

We explain why - and how it can be efficiently assessed - below.

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The Clear Group acquires Anderson White Insurance Brokers

Award-winning, independent broking group CLEAR today announces the acquisition of Anderson White Insurance Brokers. This latest deal represents the 30th acquisition made by CLEAR since it was established in 2001, and the group has more than doubled in size since ECI Partners invested in 2018.  

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Whiplash Reform: a programme of measures to tackle the high number and cost of whiplash claims

The Whiplash Reform Programme went live on 31 May 2021, following a government review of whiplash claims that result from low-value road traffic accidents.

The Whiplash Reform Programme changes how insurers handle these types of claims. The aim of the reform is to reduce the costs to insurers and curb opportunistic and fraudulent claims. The reform will also allow unrepresented claimants to claim for injury through the Road Traffic Accident (RTA) Small Claims Portal – Official Injury Claim Service (OICS).

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CNA Hardy -  Cyber Attack

Over the weekend (20-21 March 2021) CNA Hardy were the victims of a large scale global Cyber Attack. Investigations continue into the cause and as to whether any customer data has been compromised.

CNA Hardy have stressed that the security of their data and that of their insureds ’and other stakeholders is of the utmost importance to them. Should they determine that this incident has impacted their policyholders’ data, they will notify those parties directly.

 

For more information please visit www.cnahardy.com

Three topics to consider with rentcharges: freehold, estate and ground rent

Rentcharges have been in existence since the 1290 Statute of Quia Emtores, which was payable to the lord of the manor in perpetuity.  They became popular in the Victorian and Edwardian eras as a mechanism to release land from its manorial owners and get the land into use.  Once the land was developed, the subsequent owners would then be liable for a yearly charge, normally ranging between £2 and £10. 

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Meet our new Group CEO, Mike Edgeley

We recently welcomed Mike Edgeley to CLEAR as our new Group CEO.

Mike was kind enough to spare a few minutes to discuss his background, his thoughts on CLEAR, and his plan for his first few months.

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Ignoring the risk of Japanese Knotweed could prove a costly mistake, personally, legally and financially

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an invasive non-native species of weed, identifiable by its red bamboo-like stems and green spade-shaped leaves. Japanese Knotweed spreads quickly and is known to cause damage to the structures and substructures of buildings by taking advantage of weak points in the buildings' fabric, such as cracks in masonry, caused by movement in the substructure. Consequently, the presence of Japanese Knotweed is an important consideration during a property transaction or property development.

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Now that the Brexit transition period is over and a new trade deal has been agreed, what will happen to EU-related insurance?

The UK formally left the EU at 11pm on 31 December 2020, and while the main treaty is agreed, there is still a lot of detail that the UK and EU need to sort out. One of the key issues that remains unresolved is the fact that the rules relating to financial services have not been finalised. Indeed, there is relatively little in the treaty about financial services at all. 

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The Supreme Court rules on the FCA's COVID-19 test case

On Friday, the Supreme Court handed down their judgment on the High Court test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), regarding business interruption insurance claims and COVID-19. 

The case involved the policy wordings of six insurers, and in a number of respects the court found in favour of the FCA. The judgment is binding on the six insurers, and insurers with similar wordings will be required to interpret their wordings in light of the ruling. 

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