Terms of Business Agreement

Law and Language

This Terms of Business is subject to English Law and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. We will use the English language 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.

Acceptance

The purpose of this agreement is to set out our professional relationship and detail the services we will provide to you. For your own benefit and protection, you should read all of the information carefully and in particular, we would like to draw your attention to the “IMPORTANT INFORMATION” section. If you do not agree to any part of the information, please tell us. We assume that you accept the terms of this agreement unless we hear from you.

Limit of Liability

This clause restricts the amount that may be recoverable as a result of our negligence. Other than injury or death of any person (where no cap on liability will apply), our liability to you for the services we provide shall not exceed £2,500,000 in connection with any one event or connected events.

The Regulator

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is an independent watchdog that regulates financial services. The FCA has authorised us to advise, arrange, deal in and assist with the placing and administration of all types of General Insurance policies. We are also authorised to undertake certain Consumer Credit activities. Our Financial Services Register number is 118497 and you can check our status and permissions at www.fca.org.uk or by contacting the FCA on 0800 111 6768.

Confidentiality and Data Protection

We will exchange the information that you provide to us with insurance companies and other brokers or agents for the purposes of obtaining quotations and arranging cover, this may result in a credit check to confirm your identity and minimise the risk of fraud. We will treat all information as private and confidential, and in strict accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), even when you are no longer a customer and only share information if we are required to do so by law, or regulation.

Under the DPA, you have a right to a copy of any personally identifiable information about you that we hold in our records. You can obtain details by writing to us at the usual address. A nominal charge might apply in providing the information to you.

We will, in addition, use information for marketing similar products or services by us and carefully selected companies. Contact may include SMS text, post, telephone or e-mail. If you do not want us to use your information in this way, please let us know.

Our Fees, Commission and Charges

We usually receive a commission from the insurance provider with whom we place your business, and in such a case, the commission will be paid to us either when we are in receipt of cleared funds from you (or the premium finance company, if one has been used) or, when the insurer has received cleared funds from us in respect of the premium due under your policy. The individual agreements we have with each insurer will determine which of the two methods above is used to make this transfer of commission. We also receive commission for arranging finance agreements for the payment of insurance premiums and this is usually expressed as a percentage of the individual loan and is paid to us directly by the premium finance provider. We may also receive a commission or fee for passing introductions to other professional firms.

In addition, we may make these charges to cover the administration of your insurance

Arranging new policies£30.00
Mid term adjustments£30.00
Refunds (we refund NET of our commission):£30.00
Renewals£30.00
Cancellation (we refund NET of our commission)£30.00
Copy documents£10.00

In some circumstances we may charge a fee that is higher than those stated above. Specific charges, which apply to individual policies, will be advised to you prior to the commencement of each contract applicable to that policy. The specific charge and purpose of any additional charges will always be advised to you in advance.

Policies voided or cancelled from inception by insurers will be treated as a cancellation and we will retain any commission and fees before returning the net premium to you. By accepting these terms of business, you agree that we may retain the portion of the premium that relates to commission that would have been due to us.

In view of the cost involved in making changes to your policy we will not issue refunds of less than £30.00.

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.

You are entitled to request at any time, information about the commissions that we may have received in connection with your insurance, if you want this information please contact us.

Our Service

We can act both as agent of insurer, and on behalf of you, the customer. We have in place management controls to deal with any conflicts of interest that might arise. Unless we advise you otherwise, we are acting on your behalf.

We also act on behalf of insurers when collecting premiums under risk transfer.

We will ask questions to enable us to assess reasonably your insurance requirements, this may include checking information that we already hold about you and your existing insurance arrangements with us and other parties.

We will provide you with advice and guidance, after assessing what you want and need and recommend a suitable policy based on our experience of dealing with similar risks.

We will confirm to you the level of service we are providing as part of our sales process.

In all cases our service will include arranging and administering your insurance, including helping you with on-going changes and assisting you if you need to make a claim, or where we outsource claims handling facilities to give you an enhanced service.

If we use the services of another intermediary to place your insurance we will advise you of the name of the intermediary we use and the name of the insurer.

If you mislay your policy at any time, we will arrange a replacement policy document, if you request it.

Our Selection

We offer products from a wide range of insurance companies.

Our selection usually involves presenting to a reasonable number of insurance companies that will insure for the risk at hand, and this is called a fair analysis of the market. Sometimes we may only approach two or three insurers and this is a limited Panel, or in some cases, we may only approach one insurer, in either case, we will tell you the basis as part of our selling process. You can also request a list of the companies that form the Panel we have approached.

Additional Services

We also provide additional services such as risk management assistance and Health and Safety services. Please note these services are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. In addition, these services do not benefit from the protection offered by The Financial Ombudsman Service or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Financial Strength

We regularly assess the financial strength of the Insurance Companies and other intermediaries that we deal with. The process usually involves general observation of the financial ratings applied by independent rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s and A M Best published with other readily available information within industry guides, newsletters and press releases. Whilst we take care to deal with companies that maintain reasonable solvency margins, we cannot guarantee their financial ability to pay claims.

Money

We will hold money that you pay to us in accordance with the regulators rules or under a risk transfer agreement with insurers. This will include holding your money in the following way.

A statutory trust client bank account that only allows us to use the money held in trust on behalf of a customer for paying that customers’ premium to an insurance company and to pay premium refunds or claims we receive from that insurance company to the customer, once the premium has been received from that insurance company. We cannot use that customer’s money to pay another customers premium or refund. We do not pay any interest on premiums held by us in the course of arranging and administering your insurance, unless, in the case of consumer transactions we receive more than £20 per transaction, and then we will ask for your permission to retain the interest. Unless you tell us otherwise, you are consenting to us holding your money in this way.

By holding your money in this way it means that in the event that this firm becomes insolvent your money remains protected.

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. These firms are also required to hold clients’ money in a separate trust account. We will also inform you if at any time we are required to pass your premium to firms that operate outside the UK where the protection may be different. Should you not wish us to pass premiums to a firm outside of the UK, please inform us.

Payment Options

We will provide you with full details of all the payment options available to you when we provide you with your insurance premium.

Our payment terms are as follows, unless specifically agreed by us in writing to the contrary:

New policies, mid-term adjustments and renewals – Immediate payment on or before the inception/adjustment/renewal date of the policy.

If payment is not received from you in accordance with the above terms we, or your insurer, may be forced to cancel or lapse the relevant policy which could mean that part or all of a claim may not be paid. You may also be in breach of legally required insurance cover.

When renewal is invited and the policy is paid by monthly direct debit to the insurer or on a credit agreement with a third party credit provider, we will issue a notice of renewal to you. You should ensure that you refer to this notice for details of whether or not your cover will automatically continue.

If you choose to enter in a finance arrangement, this will be subject to interest charges that we will confirm to you when providing the full details. Importantly, the arrangement you will enter into will be with the finance company not us. It is an entirely separate contract irrespective of the insurance contract. In the event of your failure to meet with the contractual obligations regarding payment the finance provider could approach the insurer to seek a termination of the insurance contract to recoup their outstanding finance arrears. You will be liable to pay their costs and charges if you do not keep up your repayments and cover is cancelled under your policy. This is because the agreement is between you, the policyholder and the finance company direct, not us or the insurer.

Please note: Your policy cover will cease if you fail to keep up payments on instalment agreement or premium finance facility related to it.

Your Right to Cancel (Applicable to Consumers only)

Please contact us if you wish to cancel any policy that we have arranged for you. Customers acting outside their trade or profession (Consumers) will usually have a legal right to cancel policies 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 may apply for the period of cover provided and, in addition, an administration charge will apply as shown in the charges section above, cancellation under this right must be in writing, prior to expiry of the cancellation period, to our usual office address.

Complaints

Our aim is always to provide our customers with a first-class service; however we are aware that, occasionally, it is possible that we may fail to meet your expectations. If for any reason we have not met your expectations, let us know as soon as possible, by calling our main office telephone 01484 713296, or write to Mr. Jeremy Webster, TG Webster (Insurance Services) Ltd, 4 Commercial Street, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 1AQ or email jwebster@webstersinsurance.co.uk

If we are unable to resolve the issue to your satisfaction by the end of the next business day, we will formally investigate the matter. You will receive an acknowledgement of the matter together with a copy of our complaints process promptly and certainly within 5 working days. We will then aim to investigate and provide a resolution as quickly as possible, informing you of the position at no later than 4 weeks and a final response no later than 8 weeks.

If you are not happy with our response, or the position after a period of 8 weeks, you may be eligible to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) for an independent assessment and opinion. The FOS Consumer Helpline is on 0800 023 4567 (free for people phoning from a "fixed line" (for example, a landline at home) or 0300 123 9123 (free for mobile-phone users paying monthly charge for calls to No’s starting 01 or 02). Alternatively you can contact them at Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, Harbour Exchange Square, London, E14 9SR. www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk

A full copy of our complaints procedure is available on request.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

If we are unable to meet our obligations, you may be entitled to compensation from the FSCS. If we have advised or arranged insurance for you this will be covered for 90% of a claim, without any upper limit, however compulsory classes of insurance (such as motor insurance) is covered for 100% of a claim. Further information is available from the FSCS helpline on 0800 678 1100 or 0207 741 4100 and www.fscs.org.uk. The FSCS is the UK’s statutory fund of last resort for customers of authorised financial services firms. Compensation is usually payable if an authorised firm is unable or unlikely to pay claims usually because it has ceased trading or become insolvent

Insurance Premium Tax (IPT)

Your premium detailed in the policy will include IPT at the prevailing rate.

Should the rate of IPT be amended by the Government, your premium will be amended by the insurer to reflect the change.

Some polices are subject to Value Added Tax (VAT) not IPT and should the rate of VAT be amended by the Government, your premium will be amended by the insurer to reflect the change.

Financial Crime

Current UK money laundering regulations require us to obtain adequate ‘Know Your Client’ information about you. We are also required to cross check you against the HM Financial Sanctions List as part of the information gathering process. We are obliged to report to the national Crime Agency any evidence or suspicion of financial crime at the first opportunity and we are prohibited from disclosing any such report.

We will not permit our employees or other persons engaged by them to be either influenced or influence others in respect of undue payments or privileges from or to insurers or clients.

Termination

You may cancel this agreement with us at any time. You must provide at least 30 days written notice of instructions. We also reserve the right to cancel this agreement at any time. In any event, we will provide you with reasonably sufficient time to re-arrange your insurance and we will notify you of termination in writing together with an explanation if appropriate.

Important Information

WARNING FOR CONSUMERS (WHERE THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE CONTRACT IS FOR PRIVATE USE)

Your duty to give information

When applying for or amending your insurance policy, we and/or your insurer will ask a number of questions to assess the risk prior to agreeing cover. It is your duty to ensure that you answer all questions raised by insurers or us honestly and reasonably. These questions are designed to enable us or the insurer to obtain a comprehensive picture of the nature of the risk to be insured, and only by asking such questions and receiving answers which are given honestly and with reasonable care, can we or the insurer be in a position to offer terms which are designed to meet your demands and needs.

The reason why this is vital and extremely important is that 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; insurers may not pay a part or all of your claim and may cancel your policy. You may find it difficult to re-arrange cover because you did not tell an insurer everything when asked, and you will have to disclose this fact when you reapply for insurance.

FAILURE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS HONESTLY AND REASONABLY, WHEN ASKED, MAY LEAVE YOU WITH NO COVER AND A CLAIM NOT PAID.

WARNING FOR COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS (OR WHERE THE MAIN PURPOSE OF A CONSUMER CONTRACT IS NOT FOR PRIVATE USE)

Your duty to give information

It is important that you understand your duty to provide all materially important information, fully, completely and accurately to us and your insurers not only when you take out your insurance but also throughout the life of your arrangement, at the annual renewal or at any other time when changes occur.

Materially important information is any information that could influence an insurer’s decision to accept your risk including the cost of your insurance. For example, details of previous insurance claims that you have made, or reported. Personal information about you, such as Criminal Convictions (you have a duty to give this information even when the insurance relates to a business and not you), general information about the risk, such as the construction of a building, (for example, concrete floor, timber frame with brick, stone, and a slate roof). If you are not sure how much information to provide or do not understand the question please ask.

The reason why this is vital and extremely important is that if you fail to tell us something, your policy will leave you with no insurance protection; insurers will not pay any claims and will cancel your policy. You will find it difficult to re-arrange cover because you did not tell an insurer everything, and you will have to disclose this fact when you reapply for insurance.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Many factors can affect the adequacy or validity of your insurance cover and you have a legal duty to notify INSURERS OF ANY MATERIAL CHANGE IN RISK. We undertake to discuss and review such matters at our periodic meetings but immediate notice will enable us to ensure that the correct basis of cover is maintained. Examples of such changes are:

  • Business activities – The insurers will only cover the activities described in the Business Description in the policy
  • Increase in values in excess of current sums insured, for example stock levels
  • Removal of stock or equipment to new locations (including exhibitions) whether temporary or permanent
  • Hiring, leasing or borrowing of equipment
  • Changes in manufacturing processes, products or extensions of operations
  • Collateral warranties, duty of care letters, indemnities or other contractual agreements which may increase your liability or any changes in your trading conditions
  • Alteration to or disconnection of any automatic fore or theft protections
  • Withdrawal of police response to burglar alarms
  • Motoring convictions, disqualification or disability suffered by any user of company vehicles
  • Modifications to motor vehicles from the manufacturer’s standard including the security specification
  • Work outside the UK or export of goods. Many policies have Territorial Limits and the USA & Canada are normally excluded unless cover is agreed

FAILURE TO DISCLOSE THESE FACTS MAY LEAVE YOU WITH NO COVER AND A CLAIM NOT PAID.

WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

The law presently states that an insurer does not have to pay a claim where there has been a breach of warranty, regardless of whether the breach is material to the loss. If a breach of warranty occurs, the insurer can also void (cancel) the policy from the inception date and return any premiums that an Insured has paid. This therefore means that an Insured:

  • Must repay any claims that had already been notified and paid in the current insurance year
  • Will not have any cover for claims still outstanding during the policy year
  • Will not be covered for any claims or losses not yet advised to the insurers
  • Breach of warranty therefore has serious implications and you must advise us immediately if you cannot comply with the terms of all the warranties that apply to your policies. Where you are required to ensure that sub-contractors carry adequate insurance cover, we would be happy to check this for you on request.

Warranties are not always referred to as such within a policy and schedule. They may be referred to as conditions, endorsements, special terms as well as warranties. It is important that you look out for these and if you have any doubt about a particular statement, please ask us for advice.

Breach of a condition precedent allows the insurer to repudiate liability for a claim under the policy concerned. The situation is similar to a breach of warranty except for:

  • The breach must always be material to the loss
  • The insurer is not allowed to void the policy from inception
  • The insured does not have to repay any previous claims
  • It is therefore vital that you comply with conditions precedent as the insurer is not liable to pay the claim where the conditions have not been strictly adhered to.

FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY LEAVE YOU WITH NO COVER AND A CLAIM NOT PAID.

OTHER POLICY CONDITIONS

A breach of any policy condition will be reviewed as a serious matter by your insurer and could jeopardise the continuance of cover or the acceptance of a claim. Please take time to familiarise yourself with all the terms and conditions of your policy. If you are unsure of the meaning of any part, please ask us.

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