With a broad portfolio of commercial property insurance risks, our underwriting remit spans large, open-market risks through to smaller operations through our binder operation.

Complementing our open-market portfolio of larger risks, we have built a strong binder business working with established and experienced coverholders to produce a balanced book of business.

We write for smaller commercial businesses, including hotels, motels, bars, restaurants, gas stations, as well as vacant buildings and builder's risk. We also consider risks written on an HO6 wording.

We write businesses throughout the world with the majority of our contracts being in respect of North America. We are a market for lead and follow business. Barbican has an underwriting guide which can be tailored to meet individual requirements. This includes natural catastrophe and non-natural catastrophe exposed portfolios.

Why work with us

We provide brokers with a fast turnaround, aiming to model, analyse and rate open market risks within 24 hours. A regular scheduled box presence at Lloyd’s means brokers have easy access to our underwriting team in a business where we believe building long-term relationships and providing a swift and efficient service are crucial.

Our product lines

Writing on a primary, excess of loss, or full value basis, we provide coverage for a range of commercial occupancy clients. Our products include: 

  • Real estate portfolios
  • Municipality risks
  • Hotels and leisure risks
  • Transportation risks
  • Light manufacturing and storage risks

We also provide products for heavier commercial and industrial operations. 

Coverage can be provided on all risks basis or for particular peril requirements, such as for stand-alone natural catastrophe perils.

Brokers can find us at Lloyd's: Box 328

For more information about property insurance from Barbican, contact: 

David Slade

David Slade

Divisional Head of Property
work +44 (0) 20 7082 1856

David joined Barbican in July 2013 and is divisional head of property.

Prior to joining Barbican, David was deputy head of global property for Travelers Syndicate. Other positions have included property class underwriter at Catlin Group and placing broker at Sedgwick Insurance Brokers.

David has worked in the insurance industry since 1995, focusing primarily on the property sector. During his career, he has led a number of property teams, working on global programmes and in particular the US market. David is a technically driven underwriter who has maintained and developed a broad range of client and broker relationships.

David is ACII qualified.

John Sawyer

John Sawyer

Underwriting Manager, Property Binders
work +44 (0) 20 7082 1884

John joined Barbican in November 2014 and is underwriting manager for property binders.

John brings 30 years of insurance experience to the role, spanning both the property and casualty sector. Most recently, he was a property binding authority underwriter at Faraday Syndicate 435, having originally joined the firm in November 2003. Other roles have included broker/underwriter at MD Jensvold and underwriter for property/casualty binding authority business at Sphere Drake (Odyssey Re). He began his insurance career at JL Dodson Syndicate 660 in 1985. 

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Class Underwriter, Property Insurance
work +44 (0)20 7082 1857
work cell +44 (0)7584 505003

Adam joined Barbican in July 2011 as property insurance underwriter. 

Prior to Barbican, Adam was most recently an Underwriter on Zurich's Global Corporate Property team, specialising in lead global placements for complex risk engineered accounts. Prior to this he spent 4 years at Aspen Insurance. He commenced his career on the Zurich UK Graduate Programme in 2002, after graduating from the University of Exeter and University of Surrey.

Adam is ACII qualified and a chartered insurer.

James Entwistle

James Entwistle

Underwriting Assistant, Property Insurance
work +44 (0)20 7082 1821

James joined Barbican in October 2012 as underwriting assistant for property insurance.

Prior to joining the company, James spent two years at Lancashire Insurance as an underwriting assistant in their property division.

James is Cert CII qualified.

Lucinda Atkinson

Lucinda Atkinson

Underwriting Assistant, Property Insurance
work +44 (0)20 7082 1837

Lucinda joined Barbican in May 2016 as underwriting assistant for property insurance.

Lucinda holds a degree in International Development with Geography from the University of Leeds.

Henry Simmons

Henry Simmons

Underwriting Assistant, D&F Property
work +44 (0)20 7082 2550

Henry joined Barbican in March 2015 and is an underwriting assistant for property insurance.

Prior to this role, Henry spent two years at Barbican working as an insurance technician. Henry joined Barbican from Liberty Specialty Markets, where he was a syndicate credit control technician. He began his insurance career in 2013, working as a ledger assistant at Amlin.

Henry holds a degree in economics and geography from Oxford Brookes University.

Barbican at the Box

BOX 328 T: +44 (0) 20 7327 2534

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