Whose products do we offer?
The website will provide you with access to products from Hiscox Insurance Company Ltd, Zurich Insurance Company and Markel International Insurance Company Ltd where appropriate.
We are acting as your agent in the sourcing and placement of insurance. In production of the policy document for Sports insurance we are acting as the agent of the insurer.
Which services will we provide to you?
The website will give you the information you need to help you decide if the Sports insurance meets your demands and needs and will allow you to arrange your policy if you believe that it does. You will not receive advice or recommendation from us. We may ask some questions to narrow down the selection of products that we will provide details on. You should check your policy schedule to ensure you have the required cover. You will then need to make your own choice about how to proceed.
If we are unable to provide you with a quotation from the website you will be given the opportunity to contact Howden for an alternative quotation.
What will you have to pay us for our services?
No fee will be charged for policies purchased through this website where payment is made by Credit or Debit card. Where the option to make payment by cheque or BACS is offered, an administration fee will be payable in accordance with the advice provided on the Payment page.
You are entitled at any time to request information regarding any commission which we may have received as a result of placing your insurance business.
Who regulates us?
Howden is a trading name of Howden Insurance Brokers Limited, part of the Howden Group Holdings Limited. Howden Insurance Brokers Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of general insurance business. Registered in England and Wales under company registration number 725875. Registered Office: One Creechurch Place, London, EC3A 5AF.
Howden Insurance Brokers Limited strives to do everything to ensure our clients receive the best possible service. If you are not satisfied with the level of service provided by us, we will endeavour to resolve this as soon as possible.
If you consider that you have cause to complain, the following information will advise you:
- How to make a complaint
- The procedures we are committed to follow in ensuring your complaint is dealt with promptly, fairly and effectively
- What options are open to you if you are not satisfied with our response
How to make a complaint
If you wish to complain, you may advise any member of our staff or contact us by:
Howden Insurance Brokers Limited
One Creechurch Place
Telephoning: +44 (0)20 7623 3806
Fax: +44 (0)20 7623 3807
Our complaints handling procedure
We aim to resolve your concerns, whenever possible, by close of business on the next working day. If this is not possible, we will promptly acknowledge your complaint in writing no later than five working days after receipt.
If your complaint concerns the provision of (or failure to provide) a service by another firm authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, such as an insurer, we will promptly refer your complaint in writing to the firm. In these circumstances we will provide you with the full contact details for the firm and, if the other firm is solely responsible, our final response.
We will endeavour to resolve your complaint at the earliest possible stage. We will thoroughly investigate the matter and will usually send our final response to you in writing no later than eight weeks after receipt of your complaint.
We will keep you regularly informed of our progress and the measures being taken to resolve your complaint. If our response is not issued within four weeks of the date we received your complaint, we will issue a letter to you explaining why we have been unable to resolve your complaint and indicate when we will make further contact. You are welcome to contact us at any time to check the status of our investigation.
If, after eight weeks, you are still waiting for us to respond, we will write to you explaining why we have been unable to conclude your complaint and the options available to you.
If you are a Lloyd’s policy holder and are dissatisfied with our handling of your complaint you may refer your complaint to the complaints team at Lloyd’s. The address of the complaints team at Lloyd’s is:
The address of the complaints team at Lloyd’s is:
Walter Burke Way
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7327 5693
Fax: +44 (0)20 7327 5225
Details of the Lloyd’s complaints procedure are set out in the leaflet “Your Complaint – How We Can Help” available at the above web address. Submitting your complaint to the Lloyd’s complaints team will not affect your right to use Financial Ombudsman (FOS) as outlined below, if eligible, should you not be satisfied with Lloyd’s response.
If you are either a private individual or an enterprise involved in economic activity that employs fewer than 10 persons and has a turnover or annual balance sheet that does not exceed €2 million, you may refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), provided we have had an adequate opportunity to resolve your complaint first. We will advise you of the time limits for making a referral to the FOS and supply a copy of the FOS explanatory booklet with our final response. The FOS can be contacted by:
Accessing the website: http://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/consumer/complaints.htm
Telephoning: +44 (0)300 123 9 123 or 0800 023 4567.
We will provide whatever assistance we can to the FOS and abide with their final decision.
Your right as a client to take legal action remains unaffected by the existence or use of any complaints procedures referred to above. However, the FOS will not adjudicate on any cases where litigation has commenced.