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[April 07, 2017]

UK Professional Indemnity Market Review 2016: PI Market Premiums Remain at the 1.7 Billion Mark - Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "UK Professional Indemnity Market Review 2016" report to their offering.

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the UK professional indemnity insurance market. It looks at market size and profitability as well as changes in premiums, claims, distribution, regulations, and future opportunities. It provides a thorough overview of the market along with a GWP forecast for the coming years.

For many years now, the UK's professional indemnity (PI) insurance market has been over-capacitated and increasingly marginal. Current market conditions are difficult to endure at both ends of the scale, with the incumbents finding it difficult to maximize any opportunity for expansion, while new entrants are offering rates so low that survival would be difficult should there be an onslaught of claims. The PI market is one of the more stagnant of the commercial lines and little can be expected in the way of growth over the coming years.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Executive summary

1.1. Key findings

1.2. Critical success factors


2.1. Introduction

2.2. Market GWP has remained flat over recent years

2.2.1. 2016 total I market premiums remain at the £1.7bn mark

2.2.2. Accountancy and financial advice are the only segments in which rates are hardening

2.2.3. Promising signs for the UK economy but a rise in interest rates remains some way off

2.3. Minimal growth is expected over the coming years

2.3.1. Market rates have fallen to an unsustainable low

2.3.2. The solicitors market ranks third in size for PI, but claims are costly and contentious

2.3.3. Small, incremental market growth is expected in the coming years

2.3.4. Margins remain tight as the market's COR is positioned just shy of the breakeven point

2.4. The PI insurance market will be influenced by several external factors

2.4.1. Claims against disingenuous tax relief schemes will blight the market

2.4.2. The market cannot escape the overlap with cyber risks


3.1. PI remains an obscure product which insurers must aim to clarify

3.1.1. Over one third of SMEs still do not hold PI cover

3.1.2. PI and cyber cover are among the least understood policies

3.2. Brokers dominate PI distribution but should be wary of other channels

3.2.1. Brokers remain the first point of call for PI purchase

3.2.2. The rise of online trading is seeing more providers cater to low-level business

3.2.3. Purchasing PI cover online is the preferred option among SMEs


4.1. A select few insurers stand out in the PI market

4.1.1. AXA leads the way as the most selected insurer by SMEs for PI cover

4.1.2. AIG is estimated to have led the market by GWP in 2015

4.1.3. Brokers favor Hiscox for placement of PI business


Companies Mentioned

- Allianz

- RSA (News - Alert)

- Hiscox


- QBE Insurance (Europe)

- Loews Corp

- Markel International

- Berkshire Hathaway

- Chubb

- Travelers Insurance

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