Accepting our Terms of Business
By asking us to quote for, arrange or handle your insurances, you are providing your informed agreement to these Terms of Business. For your own benefit and protection, you should read these terms carefully. We draw particular attention to:
* The section headed ‘Use of personal data,’ and specifically the paragraph explaining how ‘sensitive personal data’ will be used.
* The section headed ‘Handling Money’, which explains our terms for handling money.
The Financial Conduct Authority
Brady Insurance is a trading name of Brady Insurance Services Ltd which is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Our FCA Register number is 303976. Our Permitted business is advising, arranging, introducing, dealing as agent and assisting in the administration and performance of general insurance contracts. You may check this on the FCA’s register by visiting the FCA website, or by contacting the FCA on 084 5606 1234
Our role is to advise you and make a suitable recommendation after we have assessed your needs. In situations where we are able to arrange insurance for you but do not offer advice, we shall confirm the position to you in writing. We will not in any circumstance act as an insurer nor guarantee or warrant the solvency of any insurer. In all cases we act as your agent between you and the insurance company.
* Personal Insurance:
We select motor insurance, household insurance, pleasure craft, travel insurance and legal expenses cover from a range of Insurers
* Commercial Insurances:
We select commercial insurance products from a range of insurers but, for certain products, we may only deal with a single insurer or select from a limited number of insurers. We will give you further information about this before we finalise your insurance arrangements, you may ask us for a list of the insurers we deal with for these products and how much we earn for providing your commercial insurance needs.
Complaints and Compensation
We aim to provide you with a high level of customer service at all times, but if you are not satisfied contact us: In writing to Complaints Officer, Brady Insurance Services Ltd, 13 Dublin Road, Enniskillen, BT74 6HQ or by telephone on 028 6632 4371
When dealing with your complaint, we will follow our complaint handling procedures; a summary of these procedures is available on request. If you are still not satisfied, you may be entitled to refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service contact number: 080 0023 4567
We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). You may be entitled to compensation from the scheme if we cannot meet our obligations. This depends on the type of business and the circumstances of the claim. If you are eligible to claim from the FSCS, compensation is available as follows:
* Insurance advising and arranging is covered for 90% of the claim, without any upper limit
* For compulsory classes of insurance (such as Third-Party Motor or Employers Liability), insurance advising and arranging is covered for 100% of the claim without any upper limit Further information about compensation scheme arrangements is available from the FSCS on 020 7892 7300 or www.fscs.org.uk
Payment for our Services
We normally receive commission from insurers or product providers and make charges for handling your insurance as follows:
* Midterm Adjustments £8.00
* Midterm Cancellations 20% of Return Premium due
* Credit Card Payments No charge
* Replacement/Duplicate Certificates £10.00
* Admin Service (For annual administration services on your behalf, this includes advice, claims assistance, free legal expenses cover & free breakdown recovery service £15.00
* Commercial Insurance New Business Fee £50 or up to 20% of Premium
* Direct Debit default Fee £8.00
* Named driver letters are provided at £10 per letter.
You will receive a quotation where we will tell you the total price to be paid, showing any fees, taxes and charges separately from the premium, before your insurance arrangements are concluded. We accept payment by cash, guaranteed cheque and credit/debit card. You may be able to spread your payments through insurers’ instalments or a credit scheme arranged through ourselves. In the event of early cancellations none of the interest charged will be returned in any instance. We will give you full information about payment options when we discuss your insurance in detail. We also draw attention to the sections headed ‘Cancellation of Insurances,’ and ‘Ending your relationship with us. ‘In relation to Commercial customers in good time before the conclusion of each insurance contract, or upon renewal, we will remind you of your right to be informed of the level of commission which we receive from underwriters. 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.
Our financial arrangements with most insurance companies are on a ‘Risk Transfer’ basis. This means that we act as agents of the insurer in collecting premiums and handling refunds due to clients. In these circumstances such monies are deemed to be held by the insurer(s) with which your insurance is arranged. If Risk Transfer does not apply, such monies will then be held by us in a Non-Statutory Trust account pending payment. The establishment of the Non-Statutory Trust account follows the rules which the FCA introduced to protect money held by authorised intermediaries. However, you should be aware that, under the Non-Statutory Trust account rules, we are permitted to use such monies temporarily held to advance credit to clients generally. A copy of the Deed of Trust is available on request or may be inspected at our premises during normal office hours. If you object to your money being held in a Non-Statutory Trust account you should advise us immediately. Otherwise, your agreement to pay the premium together with your acceptance of these Terms of Business will constitute your informed consent to our holding your money in a Non-Statutory Trust account. Interest earned on monies held in such a Non-Statutory Trust account will be retained by us. For the purposes of some transactions, client money may pass through other authorised intermediaries before being paid to the insurer.
Cancellation of Insurances
You should make any request for the cancellation of a policy in writing and any relevant certificate of insurance must be returned to us or to the insurer concerned. In the event of cancellation, charges for our service will apply in accordance with the tariff of fees (as overleaf). The terms of your policy may allow insurers to retain the premium in full or to charge short-period premiums in the event of cancellation.
Conflict of Interest
Occasions can arise where we or one of our associated companies, clients or product providers may have a potential conflict of interest with the business being transacted for you. If this happens and we become aware that a potential conflict exists, we will write to you and obtain your consent before we carry out your instructions and detail the steps we will take to ensure fair treatment.
Ending your relationship with us.
Subject to your immediate settlement of any outstanding premiums and fees, you may instruct us to stop acting for you and we will not impose a penalty. Your instructions must be given in writing and will take effect from the date of receipt. In circumstances where we feel we cannot continue providing services to you, we will give you a minimum of 7 days notice. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, if our relationship ends, any transactions previously initiated will be completed according to these Terms of Business. You will be liable to pay for any transactions concluded prior to the end of our relationship and we will be entitled to retain commission received for conducting these transactions, together with all fees charged by us for services provided.
You are responsible for providing the complete and accurate information which insurers require in connection with any proposal for insurance cover. This is particularly important before taking out a policy and at renewal, but it also applies throughout the life of a policy. If you fail to disclose information or misrepresent any fact which may influence the insurer’s decision to accept the risk or the terms offered, this could invalidate the policy and mean that claims may not be paid. You must check all details on any proposal form or Statement of Facts and pay particular attention to any declaration you may be asked to sign.
It is important that you read all insurance documents issued to you and ensure that you are aware of the cover, limits and other terms that apply. Particular attention must be paid to any warranties and conditions as failure to comply with them could invalidate your policy. You must inform us immediately of any changes in circumstances which may affect the services provided by us or the cover provided by your policy. If you are unsure about any matter, please contact us for guidance.
Use of Personal Data
In your dealings with us you may provide us with information that may include data that is known as personal data. Where we process personal data, we comply with statutory data processing requirements as set out by the Data Protection Act 2018. The personal data we will collect will include information relating to your name, address, date of birth, health or criminal offences and contact details.
We will process your personal data to allow us to provide you with our services as your insurance broker in quoting for, arranging and administering your insurances and in arranging insurance premium finance where applicable. Your personal data will also be used to manage future communications between ourselves. Where you have agreed, or in circumstances where to do so will be in our mutual interests, your personal data will be used to provide you with further information about our wider products and services. You can opt out from receiving such communications by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In processing personal data for insurance purposes about health or criminal offences, we will only do so to enable us to provide our service to you and on the basis of it being in the public interest.
We will only use your data for the purpose for which it was collected. We will only grant access to or share your data within our firm or other firms associated with us with other authorised third parties and product and service providers such as insurers and premium finance providers where we are entitled to do so by law under lawful data processing.
The Data Protection Act 2018 provides you with Access Rights that allow you to gain an understanding on the data being processed, who we share it with, for what purpose, why we need to retain it and retention periods, to object to the processing and to place restrictions on the processing, to request copies of your data and to request the deletion of your data.
If you require further information on how we process your data or you wish to exercise your rights, please contact our data privacy representative or another suitable individual by emailing email@example.com
Claims Handling Arrangements
You should take note of the required procedures in the event of a claim, which will be stated in the policy documentation. Generally, insurers require immediate notification of a claim or circumstances that might lead to a claim. We will employ due care and skill if we act on your behalf in respect of a claim.
Consent for Searches
To make sure you get the best offer from insurers, now or at any renewal or at any time and to protect their customers from fraud and to verify your identity, they may use publicly available data which they obtain from a variety of sources, including a credit reference agency and other external organisations. Their search will appear on your credit report whether or not your applications proceed. As well as these searches, insurance companies may use a credit check to ascertain the most appropriate payment options for you. This credit check will also appear on your credit report whether or not your applications proceed.