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Ownership & Shareholding:
Products & Services:
As part of our service, we will assist you with any claim you need to make and tell you what your responsibilities are in relation to making claims. If you mislay your policy at any time, we will issue a replacement policy document, if you request it.
Whose products we offer:
The service we will provide you with:
When a policy falls due for renewal, we will review the terms offered by your current insurer and if in our opinion and experience, these terms remain competitive, we will not automatically carry out a full market review of your policy. If a full market review is carried out, this will be confirmed to you in writing.
Awareness of Policy Terms & Conditions:
Important Conditions and Warranties:
Conditions precedent generally impose a responsibility on you to have done something, or completed something, before a certain section of the policy will operate. If you do not comply with this condition, cover will not be in place.
An insurance warranty does not mean that it is a guarantee of something, but typically means that you must comply with the terms in order that your insurance protection remains operative. Warranties may also be referred to as conditions, endorsements or special terms, so it is important that you look out for these. If you have any doubt about a particular statement, please ask us for advice.
Your Duty to Give Information:
If you fail to tell us, or the insurer, something when asked, or if you answer carelessly, or act deliberately, or recklessly in making misrepresentations when answering questions, your policy may leave you with no insurance protection. Additionally, your insurer may not pay part, or all, of your claim and may cancel your policy. You may then find it difficult to re-arrange cover because you failed to tell an insurer everything when asked, and you will be required to disclose this fact when you re-apply for insurance.
Commercial Customers: It is important that you understand your duty to provide a fair presentation of the risk (i.e. the subject matter of the proposed insurance). This means that you must disclose to insurers, before the setting up or renewal of your insurance policy is concluded, anything that might influence the judgement of an insurer in fixing the premium, setting the terms or determining whether they would take the risk. If you are uncertain whether anything is material, you should disclose it.
In order to identify what must be disclosed, you are obliged to carry out a reasonable search before presenting the risk to insurers. This includes (but is not limited to) consulting with all senior managers. A senior manager is anyone who plays a significant role in the making of decisions about how your activities are to be managed or organised, regardless of whether or not that individual is a member of your board or is formally in a management role. You must also consult with anyone who has particular knowledge about the risk to be insured.
If you deliberately or recklessly (i.e. without care) fail to comply with your obligations to present the risk fairly, insurers may avoid the policy. This means they can retain all premiums and treat the policy as if it never existed and refuse to make any claims payments. You could also be obliged to repay any claims payments that had already been made.
If you fail to present the risk fairly, but your failure was neither deliberate nor reckless, insurers’ response will depend upon what would have happened if you had complied with your obligations. They may return your premium, treat the policy as if it never existed and refuse to pay any claims if they would not have accepted the risk, apply terms based on the corrected information and pay claims using the amended terms, or calculate a revised premium and reduce the claim payment in the same proportion as any under payment in the original premium.
Any return premiums are normally refunded NET of commission/fees.
Arranging new and renewal of personal lines policies: We normally charge 10% of the premium, subject to a minimum of £25.00.
Personal lines/Consumer policies cancelled during the ‘Right to Cancel’ period will be subject to the above arrangement fee in addition to the premium charged by the insurer for the period of cover provided.
Occasionally we may arrange a policy on which we earn no commission (a ‘net-premium policy’) and in these cases we will advise you of the arrangement fee before you take the policy out.
The specific charge and purpose of any additional charges will always be advised to you in advance.
Commercial customers are entitled, at any time, to request information regarding any commission, which we may have received as a result of placing your insurance business.
Payment of Premiums:
We may also be able to offer you various instalment payment options either from the insurers’ facilities or from our selected premium finance providers. We will give you full information about your payment options when we discuss your insurance in detail. BJP will not be lending you the money, but will be acting as a credit broker in referring you to a specialist credit company. Your agreement will be direct with the credit company, so the payment details we request from you will be passed on to the credit company concerned. BJP do not charge a fee for this service, but the credit company will take a facility charge with the first payment. Please note that your policy cover will cease if you fail to keep up payments on an instalment agreement or premium finance facility related to it.
Information on how we treat Payments:
There may be occasions where we do not collect premiums as the agent of the insurance company. In these circumstances we may request that your premium be paid direct to the insurance company or intermediary concerned. We will advise you at the time if this is the case.
In arranging your insurance, we may employ the services of other intermediaries who are regulated by the FCA and your premium may be passed to these intermediaries for payment to insurers.
Your Right to Cancel (Consumers only, as defined by the FCA):
Our compliance officer is Steve Pope who can be contacted on 01865 884444, or in writing to our office at 3 Elm Place, Old Witney Road, Eynsham, Oxfordshire, OX29 4BD.
Thereafter, in accordance with our procedure we will provide you with:-
A copy of our full complaints procedure and respond to you promptly. We will keep you informed of the progress of your complaint and aim to make a final response to you within eight weeks, or keep you informed as to why this is not possible. In the event that your complaint relates to activities or services provided by another party, we will ensure that your complaint is appropriately forwarded in writing and will track the progress of the complaint and responses of that party.
Where you have purchased cover on-line, The European Commission has provided an on-line dispute resolution (ODR) platform that will allow you to submit your complaint through a central site. This will forward your complaint to the right Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme, which in the UK will be the Financial Ombudsman Service, for which contact details are provided above. More information can be obtained from http://ec.europa.eu/odr
Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS):
Further information about compensation scheme arrangements is available from the FSCS on www.fscs.org.uk or 0207 892 7300.
Confidentiality and Data Protection:
Please refer to our separate “Privacy Notice”. A copy will be provided to you with our quotations, is available on request, or can be found on our web-site www.bjpoxford.com.
Law & Jurisdiction: