Terms of business agreement

The terms of business for Christie Insurance

Scope and application

Christie Insurance is a trading name of Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited (‘‘AJGIBL’‘). This agreement, together with any separate written agreement between you and AJGIBL sets out the terms on which we agree to act for you. If you are a company, unless otherwise expressly stated in any separate written agreement between you and AJGIBL, you agree to and accept the terms of this agreement on your own behalf and on behalf of each of your group companies (but only where such group companies are receiving the benefit of our services). You shall ensure that each of your group companies will act on the basis that it is a party to and bound by the agreement. All references in this agreement to ‘‘you’‘ and ‘‘your’‘ shall mean you and each of your group companies.

In this agreement ‘‘we’‘, ‘‘us’‘ and ‘‘our’‘ means AJGIBL. References to ‘‘insurers’‘ shall include insurers, underwriters, managing agents or, where applicable, reinsurers with whom we place business. As appropriate, references to ‘‘insurance’‘ or ‘‘insured’‘ shall include reinsurance and reinsured respectively.

It is important that you read this agreement carefully as it contains details of our statutory and regulatory responsibilities and your contractual obligations.

If there is anything you do not understand in this agreement you should inform us within 20 business days of receipt of this agreement or before you ask us to quote for, advise on, arrange or handle your insurances, whichever is the sooner otherwise we will assume you are providing your informed consent to this agreement.

We specifically draw your attention to the following sections:

(a) What do we do?
(b) How are we paid for our services?
(c) How do we handle your money?
(d) Your responsibilities
(e) Termination of this agreement

Where your business is operated within an incorporated company, trust, limited liability partnership or partnership, we shall be entitled to assume that the recipient of this agreement has obtained authorisation or is entitled to consent to these terms on behalf of the corporate body, trust, limited liability partnership or partnership.

This agreement shall supersede any terms of business agreement that we may have previously sent to you. If you have a separate service level agreement in place with us then the terms of such agreement must be read in conjunction with this agreement. In the event of a conflict, the terms of your service level agreement will take precedence over this agreement.

We reserve the right to amend this agreement in the future where we are required to do so to comply with any legal or regulatory obligation. Details of any such changes will be notified to you. If we wish to amend this agreement for any other reason, we will notify you in advance and you shall have the right to terminate this agreement within 20 business days of such notification. Updated versions of this agreement will be made available at www.christieinsurance.com.

Who are we?

AJGIBL is a company incorporated in Scotland (registered number SC108909) whose registered office is at Spectrum Building, 7th Floor, 55 Blythswood Street, Glasgow, G2 7AT.

We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (‘‘FCA’‘). Our FCA firm reference number is 311786. We are permitted by the FCA to conduct business as a general insurance intermediary. You can verify these details by visiting the FCA’s website (www.fca.org.uk/register) or by contacting the FCA on 0800 111 6768 (+44 20 7066 1000 from overseas).

What do we do?

As an independent insurance intermediary, we usually act for you. We offer access to general insurance products and services provided by a wide range of UK and international insurers, including Lloyd’s of London.

Our services to you may include (but are not restricted to): advising you on your insurance needs, arranging insurance policies with insurers in order to meet those needs and any other related services. We will also help you to make changes to your insurance policy if required and will remind you when your policy is due for renewal as appropriate. Unless your policy states otherwise, we will provide you with assistance in submitting a claim and with obtaining reimbursement from insurers.

In certain circumstances, we may act for your insurer, for example, where we have delegated underwriting authority and/or claims settlement authority. In cases where we are acting on behalf of the insurer, we will be acting as their agent. We always aim to treat you fairly and avoid conflicts of interest. We never deliberately put ourselves in a position where our interests, or our duty to another party, prevent us from discharging our duty to you.

In the event that a conflict of interest arises that is complex or difficult to manage, we will discuss this with you. If you have any concerns in relation to conflicts of interests, please contact us.

Only upon receipt of your instructions can we place cover for you. Cover is not in place until we have confirmed it to you in writing or we have issued a cover note.

For the avoidance of doubt, we do not offer advice in relation to tax, accounting, regulatory or legal matters (including sanctions) and you should take separate advice as you consider necessary regarding such matters.

How are we paid for our services?

Payment for our services may be by way of:

a) a fee that we agree in advance with you;
b) brokerage/commission, which is a percentage of the insurance premium paid by you and given to us by the insurers with whom we place your business; or
c) reasonable charges in addition to any insurance premiums for the administration, arranging, amending, renewing and cancelling of any policy of insurance.

Payment for our services may be a combination of a) b) and c). The taxation element of any insurance premium is not subject to commission.

Details of any fees/charges will be declared to you in advance of them being incurred so that you are able to make an informed decision. Where we are not able to provide an actual fee/charge, we will provide you with the basis of calculation of any fee/charge.

We may receive additional payments such as a profit share or profit commission from insurers payable under a delegated underwriting authority or other facility or individual contract in recognition of overall profitability. We may also earn income from arranging premium finance.

We may earn income from insurers or other sources in other ways. For example, we may receive income from insurers for certain services provided solely on their behalf (Insurer Services Agreement) (‘‘ISA’‘).

We are committed to transparency in our relationship with you and, upon request, we will be pleased to provide information regarding any earnings we may receive or may have received as a result of placing your business.

Any disclosures relating to ISA income will include income received by other members of the AJGIBL group so far as such income specifically relates to providing services on your behalf.

Unless we have specifically agreed otherwise, and subject to regulatory requirements, we earn our entire brokerage/commission or fees when we place the insurance policy for you. This means that if the insurance policy is subsequently terminated, amended or cancelled you may not get back the full amount you paid. For consumers, this does not affect any statutory cooling off rights you may have.

Which insurers do we use?

In finding a suitable insurance solution that meets your requirements, which may include placing your business under a delegated underwriting authority, we may conduct a market analysis of potential insurers.

We are not tied to any particular insurer or group of insurers but, depending on your needs, we may only consider a specific product from a single insurer, or products from a small selection of relevant insurers. A list of insurers we use is available on request.

We use publicly available information, including information produced by credit rating agencies, to identify insurers with whom we will consider placing your business. We do not guarantee the financial status of any insurer. In the event of an insurer experiencing financial difficulties, you may still have a liability to pay premium and we are not responsible for any shortfall in amounts due to you in respect of any claims.

How do we maintain your privacy?

We are registered as a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1998 and we will comply with the Act in all our dealings with personal data. We undertake to treat all your personal data as confidential and appropriate organisational

and technical measures will be taken to protect it. We will use your personal data for insurance broking services which shall include placing of insurance on your behalf, insurance administration and handling claims. To the extent that it is necessary to fulfil our obligations under this agreement, we may share your personal data with other companies within our group. We will always ensure that our group companies have the appropriate security and organisational measures in place to protect your personal data.

We may also share your personal data with the FCA or any successor regulatory body, third parties such as your insurers, other service providers, crime agencies and other governmental agencies in order to prevent and detect crime.

In some circumstances, it may be necessary to transfer your information (which may include personal data and sensitive personal data) outside the European Economic Area. In doing so, we will undertake appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure it is protected.

Records are kept as required under various statutory and regulatory requirements.

How do we handle your money?

In our role as an intermediary between you and your insurers we may hold money either paid by you to be passed on to insurers or paid to us by your insurers, to be passed on to you.

For your protection, we handle your money according to detailed FCA rules designed to minimise the risk that, in the event of our financial failure, you may lose some or all of the money that we are holding on your behalf.

Insurer Money (money we hold as agent of an insurer):

Where we have an agreement with your insurer to hold money as their agent, any premiums you pay to us are treated as having been received by the insurer. Claims payments and/or premium refunds will be treated as received by you when they are actually paid to you.

Client Money (money we hold as your agent):

Where we do not have an agreement with your insurer to hold money as their agent, we will hold premiums you pay to us as your agent. Money we receive from your insurer which is payable to you will be your property whilst we hold it. This money is referred to as ‘‘Client Money.

rules require that Client Money is kept separate from our own money. As permitted by the rules, we hold Client Money with an approved bank, segregated in a client account subject to a Non-Statutory Trust (‘‘NST’‘). The aim of the NST is to protect you in the event of our financial failure. In that circumstance our general creditors will not be able to make claims on Client Money held in the client account.

Under the FCA rules we are permitted to use Client Money held in the NST on behalf of one client (‘‘Client A’‘) to pay another client’s premium (‘‘Client B’‘) before such premium is received from Client B. We are also permitted to make claims payments/premium refunds to other clients before monies are received from the insurer. Although there may be occasions when we do this, it is not our policy to routinely cross-fund in this way. For the avoidance of doubt, we are not permitted to use Client Money to pay ourselves commissions before we receive the relevant premium from the client.

We may also arrange to place Client Money into investment funds so far as permitted under the FCA’s rules. If we do this, we will be responsible for meeting any shortfall in Client Money which is attributable to any fall in market value of such funds. Any earnings on such investments and any interest earned on Client Money held by us will be retained by us for our own use, rather than paid to you.

Co-mingling of insurer and client monies:

We may hold both insurer and Client Money together in the NST when permitted to do so by the FCA. As money held on either basis is protected in the NST, we will not normally inform you on which basis we hold the money we have received from you or on your behalf.

Payment to third parties:

We may transfer Client Money to another person, such as another broker or settlement agent, for the purpose of effecting a transaction on your behalf through that person. This may include brokers and settlement agents outside the UK. The legal and regulatory regime applying to a broker or settlement agent outside the UK may be different from that of the UK and, in the event of a failure of the broker or settlement agent, this money may be treated in a different manner from that which would apply if the money were held by a broker or settlement agent in the UK. You may notify us in advance if you do not wish your money to be passed to a person in a particular jurisdiction.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (‘‘FSCS’‘). You may be entitled to compensation from the FSCS if we cannot meet our obligations. This depends on the type of business, certain eligibility criteria and the circumstances of the claim. Further details regarding the FSCS are available online at www.fscs.org.uk or by calling 0800 678 1100 (+44 20 7741 4100 from overseas).

Your responsibilities

Businesses:

Every insured or proposer for the insured, when seeking a new policy of insurance or cover for additional risks or renewal under an existing policy, must disclose any material information that might influence the insurers’ decision in fixing the premium or determining whether to accept the risk or the terms upon which the insurer wishes to accept the risk. If you are in any doubt as to your obligations, you should contact us.

For certain types of insurance covers you may be required to complete and sign a proposal form or questionnaire. Take care to ensure that the information you provide is complete and accurate. Note that if you are aware of anything that you feel may be material to the proposed policy you should disclose it, even if there does not appear to be a question on the proposal form or questionnaire that covers the particular point. If you are in any doubt as to whether information is material, you should disclose it. Failure to disclose all material information may result in your policy being treated as if it had not existed.

Consumers:

Consumers must take reasonable care to answer all questions honestly and to the best of their knowledge and belief and not to make a misrepresentation to the insurer.

Providing details that are untrue, inaccurate or incomplete may result in the refusal of a claim, alteration of policy terms, insurers reducing the amount of your claim they pay to take account of any increased premium they would have charged and/or your policy being cancelled or treated as if it never existed. If any of the information you provided when you took out your insurance is or becomes inaccurate, you should contact us to correct this.

Anti-bribery, corruption and financial crime

If you are a business, you will ensure that at all times you comply with all applicable laws, statutes and regulations relating to anti-bribery and corruption. In particular, you shall comply with each of the Bribery Act 2010 of the United Kingdom and the Foreign and Corrupt Practices Act 1977 of the United States as well as any other applicable legislation.

Please be aware that current anti-money laundering regulations require us to obtain adequate ‘‘Know Your Client’‘ information about you. In order to prevent bribery, corruption or other financial crime, additional due diligence may be carried out. Further steps may be taken which include notification to the relevant authorities, status and credit checks using credit reference agencies, and other background checking, as deemed appropriate.

You should also be aware that some policies may include clauses specifically dealing with international sanctions imposed on states/individuals/entities. We recommend you pay special attention to such clauses as they may affect insurance cover under your policy.

Your premium payment obligations

Insurers require you to pay premium at, or prior to, commencement of each policy, or as otherwise specified under the policy terms. You must pay all monies due in cleared funds in accordance with the amounts and on or prior to the dates specified in our invoice(s). If payment is not made within that period, insurers may cancel your policy. Insurers may also require that you pay a premium in relation to the time that you have been on risk. It is therefore very important that you meet all payment dates.

You may be able to spread your payments through a credit scheme operated by a premium finance company or insurer. Please note that we can only pay premium to insurers on your behalf once we have cleared funds from you or the premium finance company. You should also note that we, (where permitted) acting on behalf of the insurer, or the insurer may cancel your policy should you be in default of the credit scheme. Where you decide to enter into a credit scheme for the payment of premium, you will receive separate terms and conditions from the relevant premium finance company or insurer which will govern that arrangement.

Your policy documentation

You will receive written terms and conditions of any insurance policy we arrange for you. Please check these documents and advise us as soon as reasonably practicable if the terms of the cover arranged are not in accordance with your requirements. Please pay special attention to the claims notification provisions and to any warranties and conditions as any failure to comply with these terms may invalidate your cover.

Documentation relating to your insurance will confirm the basis of the cover and provide details of the relevant insurers. It is therefore important that you keep all of your policy documentation in a safe place. It is our current practice to retain customer information for at least six years. After this period, your information may be destroyed at our discretion without notice to you.

Making a claim

It is your duty to notify all claims and/or circumstances that may give rise to a claim as soon as possible in accordance with the terms and conditions of any claims notification provisions in your policy documentation. If you are unsure whether a matter needs to be notified please contact us and we will advise you. You should not admit liability without liaising with us, your insurer or someone acting on their or our behalf.

Where we handle claims on your behalf, we will do so fairly and promptly. If we receive claims payments for you, we will remit them to you as soon as reasonably practicable after receipt. Where premiums (including an instalment under any credit scheme) remain due from you, we may deduct the value of those premiums before remitting claims payments to you. We reserve the right to charge an additional or separate fee (based on the nature of the work and duration) to negotiate a large or complex claim on your behalf.

If our appointment as your broker is terminated or not renewed then we reserve the right to charge an additional or separate fee for any ongoing claims services performed from such date as the existing appointment terminates.

Details of any such charges will be declared to you in advance so that you are able to make an informed decision before any charge becomes due and payable. See also "How are we paid for our services?".

What if you wish to make a complaint?

We value our relationship with you and we welcome feedback on the service you receive from us. Please let us know if there is any part of our service that does not meet with your satisfaction so that we are able to improve the services we provide. Our aim is that you should benefit from our commitment to a high quality service using our experience and breadth of insurance broking expertise. We will always try to provide a high standard of service but please be aware that should you ever have cause to make a complaint, please do so by contacting your usual representative at Christie Insurance who will then pass the details of your complaint onto our dedicated complaints team which will ensure that your complaint is fully investigated.

It is our aim to try to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction by the end of the working day after you first notify us. However, if we are unable to do this, we will respond to your complaint promptly. In all cases we will write to you promptly after receiving your complaint to acknowledge it, and respond within four weeks or write to you again if our investigations are on-going to explain what is being done, by whom and to tell you when you can expect our full response.

If you wish to deal with someone wholly independent of the branch or division that has been servicing your business, please contact:

Address: Whitefriars House
6 Carmelite Street
London
EC4Y 0BS

Email: complaints@christieinsurance.com

Our complaints procedure is available on request. If you have not received a satisfactory conclusion to your complaint within eight weeks and you are either a consumer or smaller business or a charity or trust that meets the current Financial Ombudsman Service (‘‘FOS’‘) criteria, you may be entitled to refer the matter to the FOS. The FOS may wish to have access to the files that we hold in relation to your insurances. Unless you request otherwise in writing, if the FOS ask us to provide these files to them, we will do so without further reference to you. You may obtain further information including how to contact the FOS from www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk

Right of set-off

If you are a business, we may at any time, without notice to you, set off any liability of yours to us against any liability of us to you, whether either liability is present or future, liquidated or unliquidated, and whether or not either liability arises under this agreement.

If the liabilities to be set off are expressed in different currencies, we may convert either liability at a market rate of exchange for the purpose of set-off. Any exercise by us of our rights under this clause shall not limit or affect any other rights or remedies available to us under this agreement or otherwise.

Intellectual property rights

We (or our licensors) shall retain all ownership, title, copyright and other intellectual property rights in all materials developed, designed or created by us before or during the provision of services to you including systems, methodologies, software, know-how and working papers. We will also retain all ownership, title, copyright and other intellectual property rights in all reports, written advice or other materials provided by us to you, however we grant you a royalty free licence to use those materials, but only for the purposes for which they were created under this agreement for as long as we have an agreement with you./p> ermination of this agreement

Without prejudice to any rights that have accrued under this agreement or any other rights or remedies, either party may terminate this agreement:

(a) by giving not less than 30 days’ notice in writing to the other; or
(b) immediately if the other party enters into any form of liquidation, receivership, administration or bankruptcy.

Notwithstanding anything else contained in this agreement, we are not under an obligation to act for you, or to continue to act for you, if to do so could breach any laws, regulations or professional rules.

If we consider that we cannot act for you (or continue to act for you) because we reasonably believe that to do so could breach any laws, regulations or professional rules, we will be entitled to terminate our existing relationship with you with immediate effect and will not be responsible or liable to you for any direct or indirect loss which you or any other party may suffer as a result.

Consequences of termination

In the event that our services are terminated, we reserve the right to retain our earnings in respect of the policies we have placed on your behalf. See also How are we paid for our services? and Making a claim.

Cancellation

Your insurance contract may include a cancellation clause. For more details, please refer to your insurer’s policy documentation. In the event of cancellation of your cover, the insurer determines any return premium in relation to policies placed by us. Should you wish to cancel a policy please advise us accordingly.

Currency conversion

We may have to convert funds to another currency in order to settle amounts due to insurers. If a repayment of funds is due to you or is requested by you after the currency is converted, then any such payment will be made in the currency to which the funds have been converted. Any shortfall arising from exchange differences remains your liability.

If you pay a premium in a different currency or to a bank account in a different currency from that requested, we may, at our discretion, either return the funds to you or convert the money to the required currency. In the latter case, the converted funds will be applied against the amount due with any shortfall arising from exchange differences remaining your liability.

Severability

The invalidity, illegality or unenforceability of any of the provisions of this agreement shall not affect the validity, legality or enforceability of the remaining provisions in this agreement.

Notices

If notice is given to us under or in connection with this agreement, except as expressly provided in this agreement, it shall be in writing and sent to our registered address. We shall be entitled to give you a notice under or in connection with this agreement at your registered address (if a company or limited liability partnership) or at your last known address (in any other case).

Third party rights

A person who is not party to this agreement has no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce or to enjoy the benefit of any term contained in this agreement.

Force majeure

Neither party shall be in breach of this agreement nor liable for delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations under this agreement if such delay or failure results from events, circumstances or causes beyond its reasonable control. In the event of a force majeure the affected party shall notify the other as soon as reasonably practicable.

Assignment

This agreement cannot be assigned or otherwise transferred by either party without the prior written consent of the other party, and such consent shall not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

Governing law and jurisdiction

The law of England and Wales will apply unless you and we agree otherwise or, at the date of commencement of this agreement, you are a resident of (or in the case of a business, the registered office or principal place of business is situated in) Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, in which case (in the absence of agreement to the contrary) the law of that country will apply.