TERMS OF BUSINESS AGREEMENT
This document details our service and our arrangements for dealing with your insurance. Please read it carefully and retain a copy for your records. The English language will be used for all communications, the contractual terms and conditions, and any information we are required to supply to you, before and during the duration of the contract and this agreement shall be subject to English Law.
The Financial Conduct Authority is the independent watchdog that regulates financial services. Henshalls Insurance Brokers is a trading name of John Henshall Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Our FCA Register number is 307059. You can check our status at https://register.fca.org.uk or by contacting the FCA on 0800 111 6768. Our permitted business includes advising, arranging, dealing in and assisting with the placing & administration of General Insurance policies, and credit broking.
How we treat Information You give to us
We will treat all your personal information as private and confidential to us and anyone else involved in the normal course of arranging and administering your insurance, even when you are no longer a customer. We will not give anyone else any personal information except on your instructions or authority, or where we are required to do so by law, or by virtue of our regulatory requirements. We may use information we hold about you to provide information to you about other products and services, which we feel may be appropriate to you. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to see personal information about you that we hold in our records. If you have any queries please write to us at our usual office address.
Our Service to you and the Products we Offer
We are an independent insurance broker, who acts on our customers’ behalf in arranging insurance. Our services include: advising you on your insurance needs; arranging your insurance cover with insurers to meet your requirements; and helping you with any ongoing changes you have to make.
We usually offer advice from a range of insurers, representing a fair analysis of the market, however, under certain circumstances we may only deal with a limited panel, or single insurer and we will notify you when this applies.
We will advise and make a recommendation for you after we have assessed your demands and needs. Our advice will be confirmed in a demands & needs and suitability statement, giving reasons for our recommendation. In respect of policies purchased by you directly from our website, you will not receive advice or a recommendation from us and you will then need to make your own choice about how to proceed.
Reporting Claims: 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.
All incidents which could lead to a claim must be reported to as soon as practicable. Your insurer’s claims contact number is shown in your policy. For Motor Insurance we operate an outsourced claims management service via BD Elite, who will assist you with your claim and recovery of uninsured losses where this is possible.
Information on Payment Options and How we will treat Payments You make to Us
If you do not spread Your payments through one of our finance providers, our preferred methods of payment are by BACS or debit/credit card. Payment is also accepted by cheque. You may be able to spread your payments through our credit scheme with Henshalls Premium Finance or insurers’ instalment schemes, however acceptance may be subject to a credit check. We will give you full information about your payment options and the appropriate finance agreement when we discuss your insurance in detail.
Under the terms of our agreements with the Insurance companies with whom we place business, we normally receive premiums you pay to us as Agent of the Insurer. All insurance premiums you pay to us are protected in a Non-Statutory Trust Client Account until we pay insurers. We may use premiums kept in this account to provide credit to our customers, and, as a result we maintain additional capital resources and strict credit-control and monitoring procedures, as required by the FCA. We do not pay any interest on premiums held by us in the course of arranging and administering your insurance.
Our Fees and Charges for providing Our Services to You
We usually receive a commission from the insurer with whom we place your business and, in addition, we make the following charges to cover the administration of your insurance:
- Arranging new policies: £15
- Mid term adjustments: No charge
- Renewals: £15
- Replacement/duplicate certificates or cover notes: No charge
- Mid term cancellations and other refunds are refunded NET of commission
- Payment by Credit Cards or Debit Cards: No charge
Occasionally we may arrange a policy on which we earn little or no commission and in these cases we will advise you of the arrangement fee before you take the policy out. We may also make additional charges specific to the arrangement and servicing of certain policies, but these will always be advised to you in advance.
How You can Complain
Our aim is to provide a first class service, however, if you wish to register a complaint, please contact our Managing Director Mark Freeman as follows: In writing to Gower House, 14/16 High Street, Newport, Shropshire TF10 7AN, or, by phone on 01952 820358, or by email to mailto:email@example.com.
If you cannot settle your complaint with us, you may be entitled to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service, for an independent assessment. The FOS Consumer Helpline is on 0800 023 4567 and their address is: Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, London E14 9SR Their website is at: http://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/ or, if your complaint relates to a policy sold online or via email can register the complaint using the European Online Dispute Resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/ .
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Insurance advising and arranging is covered for 90% of the claim, without an upper limit. For compulsory insurances (for example, motor insurance and employers’ liability
insurance), insurance advising and arranging is covered for 100% of the claim, without an upper limit. Further information about compensation scheme arrangements is available from the FSCS.
Premium Finance Facilities and Service
We are authorised as Credit Brokers and may use insurance and finance providers who will conduct a credit check, which will be recorded on your credit record. Please contact us if you do NOT consent to a credit check being undertaken, however this may affect our ability to offer instalment facilities to you. In relation to the provision of credit, we offer only Henshalls Premium Finance, or the facilities provided by Insurers, from whom we may receive a commission. We will not offer you any advice on premium finance facilities available through us and you will need to decide yourself on the suitability of any credit agreement offered.
Important: Your policy cover will cease if you fail to keep up payments on an instalment agreement or premium finance facility related to it and your credit rating may be affected. In entering into a credit agreement to pay your insurance premium, you give the finance provider the legal Right to cancel your insurance policy on your behalf in the event that you default on the loan, and offset any refunded premium against the outstanding amount owed to them. This means that if you default on your payment terms and the finance provider requests that we cancel your policy, we will do so as your agent.
Your Responsibility to Provide Information
You must take reasonable care to answer all questions honestly and to the best of your knowledge, and if you volunteer any other information, you must ensure that the information is not misleading. If any information that you have provided to us changes before you take out your insurance, during the life of the policy or at renewal, you must inform us of the change. If you deliberately, recklessly or carelessly misrepresent any information in relation to this insurance then your policy may be cancelled without refund, or treated as if it never existed, or your claim rejected or not fully paid.
Your Right to Cancel
You have a legal right to cancel your policy or credit agreement for any reason, subject to no claims having occurred, within 14 days of receiving the full terms & conditions. You will always be advised where this Right applies. A charge will apply for the period of cover provided and, in addition, we make an administration charge as detailed above. If you cancel a credit agreement you will need to repay any sums provided in full. If you cancel after the 14 days has elapsed, short-period cancellation rates apply. If you wish to cancel a policy you must advise us in writing, prior to expiry of the 14-day cancellation period, to our usual office address.