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This section applies to an insurance intermediary, and to an insurer handling a claim on another insurance undertaking'spolicy.
A firm is expected to comply with the general law on the duties of an insurance intermediary. This section does not seek to set out the full extent of those duties.
(1) Principle 8 requires a firm to manage conflicts of interest fairly. SYSC 10 also requires an insurance intermediary to take all reasonable steps to identify conflicts of interest, and maintain and operate effective organisational and administrative arrangements to prevent conflicts of interest from constituting or giving rise to a material risk of damage to its clients. 1(2) [deleted]11(3) If a firm acts for a customer in arranging a policy, it is likely to be the customer's
(1) An insurance intermediary must, on a commercial customer's request, promptly disclose the commission that it and any associate receives in connection with a policy.(2) Disclosure must be in cash terms (estimated, if necessary) and in writing or another durable medium. To the extent this is not possible, the firm must give the basis for calculation.
An insurance intermediary should include all forms of remuneration from any arrangements it may have. This includes arrangements for sharing profits, for payments relating to the volume of sales, and for payments from premium finance companies in connection with arranging finance.
(1) The commission disclosure rule is additional to the general law on the fiduciary obligations of an agent in that it applies whether or not the insurance intermediary is an agent of the commercial customer.(2) In relation to contracts of insurance, the essence of these fiduciary obligations is generally a duty to account to the agent’s principal. But where a customer employs an insurance intermediary by way of business and does not remunerate him, and where it is usual for
(1) An exempt CAD firm which is not an IDD insurance intermediary3 must have: (a) initial capital of EUR 50,000; or (b) professional indemnity insurance covering the whole territory of the EEA or some other comparable guarantee against liability arising from professional negligence, representing at least EUR 1,000,000 applying to each claim and in aggregate EUR 1,500,000 per year for all claims; or (c) a combination of initial capital and professional
(1) An exempt CAD firm that is also an IDD insurance intermediary3 must comply with the professional indemnity insurance requirements at least equal to those set out in IPRU-INV 9.2.4R(1)(b)2 (except that the minimum limits of indemnity are at least EUR 1,250,000 for a single claim and EUR 1,850,0003 in aggregate) and in addition has to have: (a) initial capital of EUR 25,000; or (b) professional indemnity insurance covering the whole territory of the
(1) A firm which is not an IDD insurance intermediary5 must have:(a) initial capital of EUR 50,000; or (b) professional indemnity insurance at least equal to the requirements of IPRU-INV 13.1.11R4 and IPRU-INV 13.1.15R4 to IPRU-INV 13.1.27R4; or 1(c) a combination of initial capital and professional indemnity insurance in a form resulting in a level of coverage equivalent to (a) or (b). [Note: Article 67(3) of MiFID and article 31(1) of the CRD (see also rule IPRU-INV
(1) A firm that is also an IDD insurance intermediary5 must have professional indemnity insurance at least equal to the limits set out in IPRU-INV 13.1.10R4 and in addition must2 have:1(a) initial capital of EUR 25,000; or (b) professional indemnity insurance at least equal to the requirements1 of IPRU-INV 13.1.12R4 and IPRU-INV 13.1.15R4 to IPRU-INV 13.1.27R4; or 211(c) a combination of initial capital and professional indemnity insurance in a form resulting in a level
The definition of insurance distribution activity8 is any of several activities 'in relation to a contract of insurance' which includes a contract of reinsurance. This chapter, therefore, applies to a reinsurance intermediary in the same way as it applies to any other insurance intermediary.
The purposes of this chapter are to:(1) implement articles 10(4) and 10(5)8 of the IDD8 in so far as it requires insurance intermediaries to hold professional indemnity insurance, or some other comparable guarantee, against any liability that might arise from professional negligence; and(2) meet the statutory objectives10 of consumer protection and protecting and enhancing the integrity of the UK financial system10 by ensuring that firms have adequate resources to protect themselves,
(1) A firm carrying out contracts of insurance, or a managing agent managing insurance business, including in either case business accepted under reinsurance to close, which includes United Kingdom commercial lines employers' liability insurance, must:(a) produce an employers’ liability register complying with the requirements in (2) and ICOBS 8 Annex 1;(b) [deleted]5(c) [deleted]5(1A) [deleted]5(2) For the purposes of (1)(a) the employers’ liability register is required to:(a)
The conditions referred to in ICOBS 8.4.4R (2)(d) and ICOBS 8.4.7R (1)(a)(ii) are that the tracing office is one which:(1) maintains a database which:(a) accurately and reliably stores information submitted to it by firms for the purposes of complying with these rules;(b) has systems which can adequately keep it up to date in the light of new information provided by firms;(c) has an effective search function which allows a person inputting data included on the database relating
(1) 3Where a firm has established that a historical policy does exist, the response should confirm what cover was provided and set out any available information that is relevant to the request received.(2) Where there is evidence to suggest that a historical policy does exist, but the firm is unable to confirm what cover was provided, the response should set out any information relevant to the request and describe the next steps (if any) the firm will take to continue the search.
If the firm is an insurance intermediary, then the minimum limits of indemnity per year6are:(1) for a single claim, €1,250,0006; and33(2) in aggregate, the higher of:633(a) €1,850,000; and6(b) an amount equivalent to 10% of annual income (this amount being subject to a maximum of £30 million).6[Note: articles 10(4) and 10(5)6 of theIDD6]22
If the firm is a home finance intermediary that is not subject to MIPRU 3.2.9A R, then the minimum limit of indemnity is the higher of 10% of annual income up to £1 million, and:11(1) for a single claim, £100,000; or(2) in aggregate, £500,000.
The rules setting out the responsibilities of insurers and insurance intermediaries for producing and providing information apply to requirements in this section to provide information (see ICOBS 6.-1.1R2).
This section does not apply to a distance contract to act as insurance intermediary, if the distance contract is concluded merely as a stage in the provision of another service by the firm or another person.[Note: recital 19 to the Distance Marketing Directive]
If the firm is an IDD insurance intermediary4, whether or not it is also an exempt CAD firm, the appropriate minimum limits of indemnity per year are no lower than: (1) EUR 1,250,0004 for a single claim against the firm; and(2) EUR 1,850,0004 in the aggregate.[Note: articles 10(4) and 10(5)4 of the IDD4]
If the firm is both an IDD insurance intermediary4 and an exempt CAD firm that maintains professional indemnity insurance under IPRU(INV) 13.1A.4(1)(b)4 , the appropriate additional limits of indemnity to IPRU(INV) 13.1.10R4 per year are no lower than: (1) EUR 500,000 for a single claim against the firm; and (2) EUR 750,000 in the aggregate. [Note: 3article 31(2) of the CRD (see also IPRU-INV 13.1A.4R2)]
If the firm is not an IDD insurance intermediary4 or an exempt CAD firm, then the following limits of indemnity apply: (1) if the firm has relevant income of up to £3,000,000, no lower than £500,000 for a single claim against the firm and £500,000 in the aggregate; or (2) if the firm has relevant income of more than £3,000,000, no lower than £650,000 for a single claim against the firm and £1,000,000 in the aggregate.
The amount payable may include: (1) any sums that a firm has reasonably incurred in concluding the contract, but should not include any element of profit;(2) an amount for cover provided (i.e. a proportion of the policy's exposure that relates to the time on risk);(3) a proportion of the commission paid to an insurance intermediary sufficient to cover its costs; and(4) a proportion of any fees charged by an insurance intermediary which, when aggregated with any commission to be
An insurer and an insurance intermediary should take reasonable steps to ensure that double recovery of selling costs is avoided, particularly where the contract for the insurance intermediary's services is a distance contract, or where both commission and fees are recouped by the insurer and insurance intermediary respectively.
1This chapter applies to a firm carrying on insurance distribution activities2 in relation to a life policy, but only if the State of the commitment is an EEA State.2 [Note: articles 1, 20(1) and 232 of the IDD2]
If an incoming EEA firm, which is4 an IDD insurance intermediary5, an MCD mortgage credit intermediary3 or a4MiFID investment firm1, is a participant firm, the FSCS must give the firm such discount (if any) as is appropriate on the share of any levy it would otherwise be required to pay, taking account of the nature of the levy and the extent of the compensation coverage provided by the firm's Home State scheme.221
9For the avoidance of doubt, this chapter does not apply to the following firms if they do not hold client money or client assets and do not appoint an auditor under or as a result of a statutory provision other than in the Act: (1) authorised professional firms;(2) energy market participants, including oil market participants to whom IPRU(INV) 3 does not apply;(3) exempt insurance intermediaries;(4) insurance intermediaries not subject to SUP 3.1.2 R(10);(5) investment management
SUP 3.1.2RRP
Applicable sections (see SUP 3.1.1 R)This table and the provisions in SUP 3 should be read in conjunction with GEN 2.2.23 R to GEN 2.2.25 G. In particular, the PRA does not apply any of the provisions in SUP 3 in respect of FCA-authorised persons. SUP 3.10 and SUP 3.11 are applied by the FCA only.37(1) Category of firm(2) Sections applicable to the firm(3) Sections applicable to its auditor(1) Authorised professional firm which is required by IPRU(INV) 2.1.2R to comply with chapters
(1) Agency agreements between insurance intermediaries and insurance undertakings may be of a general kind and facilitate the introduction of business to the insurance undertaking. Alternatively, an agency agreement may confer on the intermediary contractual authority to commit the insurance undertaking to risk or authority to settle claims or handle premium refunds (often referred to as "binding authorities"). CASS 5.2.3 R requires that binding authorities of this kind must
COLL 6.7.13GRP
Examples of payments which are not permitted by COLL 6.7.12 R include:(1) commission payable to intermediaries (such payments should normally be borne by the authorised fund manager);(2) payments or costs in relation to the preparation or dissemination of financial promotions (other than costs allowed under COLL 6.7.12 R (2)2).42(3) [deleted]4
The requirements relating to the placing and receipt of orders do not apply to contracts concluded exclusively by exchange of e-mail or by equivalent individual communications.[Note: article 10(4) and 11(3) of the E-Commerce Directive]
Guidance on the application provisions is in ICOBS 1 Annex 1 (Part 4).
This section applies to an insurance distributor when carrying on insurance distribution activities.2