Why work with us

In this highly specialised area, our depth of knowledge enables us to offer a wide range of solutions to financial institutions and professional firms. We have a broad risk appetite, writing on a worldwide basis. We are focused on establishing long-term relationships and providing a high-quality underwriting and claims service.

As well as financial and professional lines, we also provide commercial management liability cover predominately for mid-market clients in a range of territories across the world. Our extensive, specialist expertise also means we are able to develop bespoke coverage to meet unique risk requirements.

Our product lines

  • For financial institutions (FI)
    • Directors' and officers' liability (including EPL entity cover)
    • Bankers' blanket bond (with extensions available for cyber liability)
    • Bankers’ professional liability
    • Pension trustee liability
  • For professions
    • Errors and omissions (professional indemnity), packaged with general liability for SME business
  • Commercial institutions (management liability)
    • Directors' and officers' liability (including EPL entity cover)
    • Pension trustee liability
    • Commercial crime (with extensions available for cyber liability)
  • Transactional liability - representations (reps and warranties/tax opinion liability)

Brokers can find us at Lloyd's: Box 250

For more information about financial and professional lines insurance, contact:

Ondine Bourrut Lacouture

Ondine Bourrut Lacouture

Head of Insurance
work +44 (0)20 7082 1834
work cell +44 (0)75 8450 5013

Ondine joined in March 2011 and is head of insurance, overseeing Syndicate 1955's insurance lines.

When she first joined the company, she was originally responsible for US Casualty treaty. Over time, her responsibilities expanded to include International Casualty treaty, Healthcare and A&H insurance and more recently she moved solely to insurance lines.

Prior to joining the company, she was at Faraday Syndicate 435 where she wrote a lead book of US casualty reinsurance and hospital business.

Ondine brings over twenty years extensive underwriting experience after graduating with an MSc in insurance and risk management at CASS Business School.

Gavin Stanley

Gavin Stanley

Head of Financial Lines
work +44 (0)20 7082 1862
work cell +44 (0)7540 913724

Gavin joined in February 2010 and is now head of financial lines.

Gavin started his underwriting career in 1997 at AIG in the management liability unit before moving to Liberty Mutual in 2003 as senior underwriter for  D&O liability, pension trustee liability and employment practice liability.

Gavin was then recruited by Novae as class underwriter for the non-US directors and officers liability. In 2008, Gavin joined Aspen Insurance, where, along with the unit head, he set up a new worldwide D&O liability account.

Gavin is also a committee member of Lloyd’s Yacht Club.

Sarah McGurk

Sarah McGurk

Class Underwriter, D&O
work +44 (0)20 7082 2557
work cell +44 (0)7872 506 689

Sarah joined the company in February 2018 and is class underwriter for directors’ & officers’ (D&O) liability insurance.

After graduating with both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law, Sarah worked as a broker in England and Canada, developing expertise in energy, oil & gas, mining and general commercial D&O. She began underwriting D&O in 2009 in Vancouver, Canada.

Since returning to England in 2013, Sarah worked initially to build a public company portfolio with the syndicate side of Travelers and subsequently at The Standard Syndicate, a start-up sponsored by The Standard P&I Club concentrating on ship owners and the marine industry.

Sarah is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) and Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP).

Mark Sutton

Mark Sutton

Underwriter, Financial and Professional Lines
work +44 (0) 20 7082 1822

Mark joined in January 2015 and is underwriter for Financial and Professional Lines.

Prior to joining the company, Mark was an assistant hull and war underwriter within the marine division at Markel International; a position which he had held since September 2008 having previously worked as an underwriting assistant within its underwriting support team.

Mark began his insurance career at NDP/Claims Assistance UK in March 2003 as a claims assistant.

James Knight

James Knight

Underwriting Assistant, Specialty
work +44 (0)20 7082 1848

James joined in January 2015 and is underwriting assistant for specialty.

Prior to joining the company, James was an underwriting assistant at CFC underwriting. James also has experience within broking following a spell at Miles Smith Insurance Brokers.

James is currently studying towards Cert CII accreditation and holds a degree in History.

Jack Judd

Jack Judd

Underwriting Assistant, D&O
work +44 (0)20 7082 1857

At the Box

BOX 250 T: +44 (0) 20 7327 8281/2

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