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“Affiliate” means any member of the Jensten Group of companies, which could be a subsidiary, a holding company or a subsidiary of that holding company as defined in section 1159 of the Companies Act 2006.

“Consumer customer” means anyone acting outside their trade or profession in respect of the insurance cover requested or arranged.

“You” or “your” means you and/or your appointed agent.

“We” or “us” or “our” means Darwin Clayton (UK) Limited.

Darwin Clayton (UK) Limited is an insurance intermediary. Our head office is at Darwin House, 20 Mount Ephraim Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1ED. We are registered in England & Wales and our company registration number is 02783474. We are part of the Jensten Group of companies, which is a family of complementary insurance broking businesses.

We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) and our permitted business is to advise on, arrange, deal in and assist in the administration and performance of general insurance contracts. We are also permitted to provide credit broking services in arranging premium finance. Our firm’s FCA reference number is 303990. You can check these details on the FCA’s Register https://register.fca.org.uk/s/ or by phoning the FCA on 0800 111 6768.

As an insurance intermediary we generally act as your agent. We are subject to the law of agency, which places various duties on us. However, in certain circumstances we may act for and owe duties of care to other parties, including to insurers. We will tell you when these circumstances occur, so you will be aware of any possible conflict of interest.

We offer a wide range of products and services which may include:

  • Offering you a single or range of products from which to choose a product that suits your insurance needs;
  • Advising you on your insurance needs;
  • Arranging suitable insurance cover with insurers to meet your requirements;
  • Helping you with any changes to your insurance you have to make;
  • Providing all reasonable assistance with any claim you

In some cases, we act for insurers under a delegated authority agreement. This can allow us to enter into insurance policies, and issue policy documentation on their behalf. Where we act on behalf of the insurer and not you, we will tell you. We aim to always act in your best interest.

As an intermediary and part of the Jensten Group of companies, we can offer a wide range of insurance products and have access to many leading insurance companies and the Lloyd’s market. Depending on the type of cover you need, and where we have provided advice based on a personal recommendation, we will offer you a policy from either:

  • a single insurer; or
  • a limited range of insurers; or
  • a fair analysis that is representative of the insurance

We will tell you which of these applies before we arrange your policy and, if we have not undertaken a fair analysis of the market, we will provide you with a list of insurers considered on request.

We may offer you a policy which is provided by an Affiliate to access specialist products and we will tell you if this is the case. We have a conflict-of-interests policy in place to identify and manage any conflicts that may arise in the placement of your business. If we become aware of a conflict we will tell you, explain the options available to you, and get your consent before we proceed.

Before the insurance contract is concluded and after we have assessed your demands and needs, we will provide you with advice and make a personal recommendation of which policy is most suitable for you. This will include sufficient information to enable you to make an informed decision about the policy that we have recommended. We will give you a quotation which will itemise the cost of your insurance, including any fees that are payable in addition to the premium. This quotation will also include a statement of your demands and needs. You should read this carefully as it will explain our reasons for making the recommendation we have made.

 

Any quotation we offer will normally be valid for a period of 30 days from the date it is given to you. We will tell you if this is not the case when we issue your quotation. We reserve the right to withdraw a quotation in certain circumstances, for example, where the insurer has altered their premium or terms for the insurance since the quotation was given or if a claim / incident has occurred since the terms were offered.

You should carefully review the policy documents we send you to make sure they accurately reflect the cover, conditions, limits, and other terms that you require. You should pay particular attention to policy conditions and warranties as failure to comply with these could invalidate your policy. Claims can arise under certain types of insurance contract long after the policy has ended, so it is important that you keep safely all documents associated with your policy.

You must notify us or your insurer of any claim or circumstance that may or is likely to give rise to a claim under your policy, in accordance with the conditions of your policy. If you do not notify your insurer promptly it may entitle them to refuse to pay your claim. You should not admit liability or agree to any course of action, other than emergency measures carried out to minimise the loss, or in the interest of health and safety, until you have obtained agreement from your insurer. When you notify a claim or potential claim, you should provide details of all material facts concerning the incident. Your policy documentation will describe in detail the procedures and conditions in connection with making a claim.

Where appropriate, and as set out in your policy document, we will help you in submitting a claim and obtaining reimbursement for you. We do not have any authority to handle or settle claims on insurers’ behalf. If claims payments are transferred to us, we will transmit these to you as soon as possible after they have been received on your behalf. However, if an insurer becomes insolvent or delays making settlement of a claim, we do not accept liability for any unpaid amounts.

It is your responsibility to take reasonable care and, when asked, to answer all questions fully and accurately before you buy an insurance policy, throughout the life of the policy and when you renew that policy. If you have made a deliberate, reckless or careless misrepresentation, insurers may have the right to change the terms of the insurance, reduce or refuse to pay a claim, or in some circumstances may be able to treat the policy as if it is never existed and at the same time keep the premium you paid, meaning any claims would not be paid and you would not get your money back.

All statements and material facts disclosed on proposal forms, statements of fact, claims forms and other documents should be full, true, and accurate. Material facts are those that would influence an insurer in deciding whether to accept a risk and the terms and conditions they would apply. Where forms are completed or partially completed on your behalf, you are responsible for checking them for accuracy before signing. If you are in any doubt as to whether a fact is relevant, you should disclose it and then ask for guidance.

Once your contract of insurance has been arranged, we will send you an invoice (also referred to as a debit note). You must pay the premium amounts shown in the invoice within the timescales it sets out. If you don’t meet the payment date it may lead to the insurer cancelling your policy. We do not consider payment to have been received until we have received cleared funds in our bank account. If the insurer has specified that the premium must be received by a certain date and you do not pay us in time, it can result in automatic cancellation of your insurance policy.

In most cases we are paid a commission by the insurer but, in some circumstances, we may charge you a broking fee for our services instead of earning commission, or a combination of both if the commission is insufficient to cover our costs. We will tell you how we will be remunerated for each policy we place for you before we arrange cover.

There may be occasions when we need to charge an additional broking fee, for example changes to the risk that require significant further advice and placement of additional coverage, the provision of additional risk management services or substantial involvement in any large, difficult, or complex claims. We will agree the amount of any additional fee with you before you become liable to paying it.

We will also make the following administration charges per policy:

Reason for Charge

Administration Fee

New Business or Renewal Placement

£60.00

Mid-term Adjustment

£nil

Cancellation

£nil*

 

*If you cancel your policy after the 14-day cooling-off period, we will retain all fees and any commission to cover our administration and advisory services, but we will not charge an additional fee for administering the cancellation.

Where we charge a fee, this will not be liable for insurance premium tax or value added tax (insurance is a VAT exempt supply).

Our commission and fee(s) are earned on placement of your insurance. All fees will be clearly shown in any invoice we issue to you, and we will advise you of the amount of any charge before you become liable to paying it.

We have arrangements with some insurers to receive additional payments reflecting the size and/or profitability of our account with them and/or in respect of work we undertake on their behalf. Where we arrange premium finance on your behalf, we do not charge you a fee for introducing you to the finance provider, but we will receive a commission from them for our assistance in putting this financing in place.

You may at any time request information regarding any commission which we may have received as a result of placing your insurance business and any related premium finance.

We normally accept payment by BACS or the following credit/debit cards – Visa, Mastercard. You may be able to spread your payments through insurers’ instalment schemes or a credit scheme, which we have arranged with an established insurance premium finance provider, Close Brothers Premium Finance (“CBPF”).

In arranging premium finance, we act as a credit broker to provide you with a premium finance facility which is designed solely for the purposes of facilitating a loan for repayment of insurance premiums. Where both an insurer instalment scheme and CBPF’s premium finance facility are available, we will provide you with advice and make a recommendation for the best option for spreading your payments. This will include sufficient information to enable you to make an informed decision about the finance option that we have recommended, together with a breakdown of the finance charges that are payable in addition to the premium. This documentation will also include a statement of your demands and needs. You should read this carefully as it will explain reasons for making the recommendation we have made.

When arranging premium finance CBPF may undertake an enquiry with credit reference agencies who will add details of the search and the application to their record about you, whether the application proceeds or not. Further details will be provided when an application for finance is made. Insurers’ own credit facilities may also be available if appropriate.

Where you pay your premium by instalments and use CBPF, if any direct debit or other payment due is not met when presented for payment or if you end the credit agreement, we will be informed of such events by your premium finance provider. If you do not make other arrangements with us or your premium finance provider to pay the insurance premiums you acknowledge and agree that we may, at any time after being so informed, instruct on your behalf the relevant insurer to cancel the insurance (or, if this occurs shortly after the start or renewal of the insurance, to notify the insurer that the policy has not been taken up) and to collect any refund of premiums which may be made by the insurer. If any money is owed to the premium finance provider under your credit agreement or if they have debited us with the amount outstanding, we will use any refund received to offset these costs. You will be responsible for paying any remaining time on risk charge and putting in place any alternative insurance and / or payment agreements you need. You also agree that we may hold to the order of the premium finance provider any claims monies due to you if you are in default of your credit agreement.

Client money is money that we receive and hold on behalf of our clients during the course of our dealings such as premium payments, premium refunds and claim payments. This money will be held either as agent of the insurer or as your agent, determined by the agreement we have in place with each insurer. Where money is held as agent of the insurer, this means that when we have received your cleared premium, it is considered to have been paid to the insurer.

The FCA requires us to hold all client monies, including yours, in a trust account, the purpose of which is to protect you in the event of our financial failure since, in such circumstances, our general creditors would not be able to make claims on client money as it will not form part of our assets. We hold all client monies with one or more approved banks, as defined by the FCA, in a Non-Statutory Trust bank account in accordance with the FCA client money rules. Under these arrangements, we assume responsibility for such monies and are permitted to, and may:

  • Use such monies received on behalf of one customer to pay another customer’s premium, before the premium is received from that other However, we are not entitled to pay ourselves commissions before we receive the relevant premium from the customer;
  • Withdraw commissions only as defined by the agreement we have in place with each insurer which will be either once we receive the relevant cleared funds from you or when we settle your premium to the insurer; and
  • Retain for our own use any interest earned on client

When effecting a transaction on your behalf, we may pass your money to another FCA authorised intermediary in the UK. These firms are also required by law to hold clients’ money in a separate trust account. We may pass your money to intermediaries which are resident outside the UK who are subject to different legal and regulatory regimes. If an overseas intermediary fails, this money may be treated in a different way from that which would apply if the money were held by an intermediary in the UK. Please tell us if you do not agree to this.

Unless we receive your written instruction to the contrary, we shall treat receipt of payment from you and of any claim payment and/or refund of premium which falls due to you, as being with your informed consent to the payment of those moneys into our Statutory Trust bank account.

Although we will always try to place your policy with insurers that are financially sound, we do not guarantee or otherwise warrant the solvency of any insurer we place your policy with. If you have any concerns about any insurer chosen to meet your insurance requirements, you should tell us as soon as possible and we will discuss them with you. If your policy is arranged with an insurer which becomes insolvent, you may still be liable to pay some or all of the premium.

You will be provided with renewal terms in good time before expiry of your policy, or notified that renewal is not being invited. Unless you tell us otherwise, renewals are invited on the basis that there have been no changes in the risk or cover required, other than those specifically notified to us or your insurer(s) during the course of the policy period (see the relevant section headed “Commercial customers – Your duty to make a fair presentation” or “Consumer customers – Your duty to disclose accurate and full information”).

It is very important that you check the information provided at renewal to confirm it remains accurate and complete. If any of the information is incorrect or if your circumstances have changed you should contact us immediately so we can update your details. If you do not notify us or your insurer of any incorrect information or change in circumstances, it may lead to your policy being cancelled or a claim rejected or not fully paid.

If your policy was arranged by another party and you decide to transfer administration of the policy to us after cover has started (mid-term), we will not be liable during the current insurance period for any loss arising from any errors or omissions or gaps in your insurance cover which were the fault of the arranging party, or for advice we did not supply to you. If you have any concerns about a policy which has been transferred to us, or if you want an immediate review of your insurance arrangements, you must tell us straight away. Otherwise, we will review your insurance arrangements and advise accordingly as each policy falls due for renewal.

You have the statutory right to cancel a policy within 14 days of the cover start date or renewal, or from the date you receive your policy documentation if this is later. This right means that you can cancel the policy in accordance with its terms and conditions without providing a reason. If you want to exercise this right and cancel a policy, you must tell us before the 14-day cancellation period ends.

If no premium has been paid, you may still be charged the premium for the time you have had cover, inclusive of Insurance Premium Tax (“IPT”). In addition, we will charge any relevant fee as set out in these Terms of Business, solely to cover our administration costs.

These cancellation rights do not apply to a short-term policy of less than one month’s duration or to a policy for which the performance has been fully completed, for example because you have made a claim.

If the terms and conditions of your policy allow for cancellation after the 14 days have finished, short- period cancellation rates may apply, which means you will not be entitled to a refund proportionate to the time you had left in the policy term. If you have made a claim against the policy prior to cancellation, the full annual premium will remain due, and you will not receive a refund of any premium you have paid.

If your policy is paid via a premium finance facility and they ask us to cancel the policy, for example, because you have defaulted on your monthly payments, we will undertake this action, but we will be acting as your agent in the process, and not as the agent of the lender.

You or we can terminate our authority to act on your behalf by giving the other party at least 14 days’ notice in writing (or such other period we mutually agree). Termination is without prejudice to any transactions already started by you, which will be completed according to these Terms of Business unless we agree otherwise in writing. You will remain liable to pay for any transactions or adjustments effective before the termination and we will be entitled to retain any and all commission and/or fees payable in relation to insurance cover placed by us prior to the date of written termination of our authority to act on your behalf.

Once our authority to act on your behalf has ended, we will no longer provide claims assistance for any unsettled claims against the policy. We will however cooperate in transferring copies of any claims records we hold to which you are entitled, if you instruct us to in writing.

Our aim is always to provide you with the best possible service, but we recognise that sometimes things go wrong, or we may fall short of your expectations. If you are unhappy with our services and want to make a complaint, you can do this in writing (post or email) or call us. Please contact the Complaints Manager at Darwin Clayton (UK) Limited, Darwin House, 20 Mount Ephraim Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1ED

Email: complaints@dcuk.co.uk | Phone: 01892 511144

If you have a Lloyd’s policy, you may refer the matter to the Lloyd’s Complaints Team, if you have not received a full response from us after 2 weeks. You should contact: Complaints, Fidentia House, Walter Burke Way, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent ME4 4RN.

Email: complaints@lloyds.com | Phone: 020 7327 5693 | F: 020 7327 5225 | Web: http://www.lloyds.com

If you cannot settle your complaint with us, you may be entitled to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service for an independent assessment. The FOS Consumer Helpline is on 0800 023 4567 or email complaint.info@financial-ombudsman.org.uk. Their address is: Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, London E14 9SR Their website is at: https://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/

We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”), which deals with claims against FCA regulated firms that are insolvent or are no longer trading. You may be entitled, therefore, to compensation from the FSCS if we are unable to pay a valid claim made against us. This depends on the type of service we have provided you with, the type of insurance we have placed on your behalf and the circumstances of the claim. Full details and further information on the scheme are available from the FSCS (website: www.fscs.org.uk).

Information provided by you may be held, processed, disclosed, and used by us, our professional advisers and any affiliate companies in servicing our relationship with you. Unless you notify us otherwise, you agree to the storage, use and disclosure of such information. All the activities that we undertake on your behalf, as described in this agreement, are provided for your exclusive use. All recommendations, proposals, reports, and other information supplied to you in connection with these services are for your sole use and you agree not to make this information available to any third party without our express written permission. We reserve the right to take action to protect proprietary information.

Insurers pass information to the Claims and Underwriting Exchange Register operated by Database Services Ltd and the Motor Insurance Anti-Fraud Register compiled by the Association of British Insurers. The objective is to check information provided and to prevent fraudulent claims. Motor insurance details are also added to the Motor insurance database operated by the Motor Insurers’ Information Centre (MIIC) which has been formed to help identify uninsured drivers and may be accessed by the Police to help confirm who is insured to drive. In the event of an accident, this database may be used by Insurers, MIIC and the Motor Insurance Bureau to identify relevant policy information. Other insurance-related databases may be added in the future. By using our services, you are giving your consent to your data being shared with these databases.

We will process your data responsibly, fairly and in strict accordance with the prevailing General Data Protection Regulations. These regulations require a broad disclosure of compliance, including (but not limited to):

  • Our lawful bases of processing;
  • The information we collect, and how we use and share that information;
  • How long we keep information, including the purposes (e.g., to administer your policy);
  • The technical and organisational measures we have in place to safeguard your information;
  • Your rights as an individual data subject; and
  • Our approach to

As with many organisations, and to ensure Customers can easily access details on the areas listed above, we have developed a separate Privacy Notice. This can be found on our website, alternatively we can send you a copy on request.

It is important to take time to read this document carefully as it contains full details of the basis on which we will process your personal data, such as collecting, using, sharing, transferring, and storing your information. It is also your obligation to ensure you show this notice to all parties related to any insurance arrangement. If you have given us information about someone else, you are deemed to have their permission to do so.

For our mutual protection and for training, compliance, and security purposes, all telephone calls may be recorded.

If you have any questions, including requiring a copy of the privacy notice, or any further information about our approach to data protection, you can e-mail DPO@jensten.co.uk or write to Data Protection Officer, Jensten Group Limited, Coversure House, Vantage Park, Washingley Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 6SR.

We have no tolerance for bribery and corruption and this policy extends throughout the company for all its dealings and transactions in all countries in which we operate. Our anti bribery policy is updated in line with the changes in law, changes in our business and our reputational demands. All employees are required to comply with this policy.

Both parties agree to comply fully with the requirements of the Bribery Act 2010, and will not engage in any of the following activity:

  • promising or giving of an advantage, financial or otherwise, to another person to bring about an improper performance or to reward such improper performance;
  • requesting, agreeing to receive, or accepting of an advantage, financial or otherwise to act improperly;
  • bribe a foreign public official to do or reward them for doing, something

Additionally, where applicable, a firm will prevent bribery being committed on its behalf by its employees and third parties.

To comply with our obligations under the money laundering legislation and regulations in relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act, you agree to provide us with any such evidence and information about your identity and that of any associates as we may reasonably require.

Both parties shall pay due regard to, and co-operate in respect of the observance of, any applicable international economic, financial or trade sanctions legislation.

Unless otherwise agreed between us in writing, no term of this agreement is enforceable under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

You acknowledge and agree not to make any claim personally against any employee, director or officer arising out of the work and services provided under these Terms of Business. This clause does not in any way limit or affect our liability to you as set out below.

In the event of any breach of these terms and / or in the event of any representation, statement or act or omission including negligence arising under or in connection with all contracts between us then the following provisions set out our entire financial liability (including any liability for the acts or omissions of our employees, agents, and sub-contractors) to you.

Our total liability to you for any reason whatsoever in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of our services to you shall be limited to £5,000,000 (five million pounds). We will not be liable to you for any losses that you or anyone else may suffer that are not directly associated with either our negligence or failure to provide our services to you in accordance with our agreement. This includes (but is not limited to) any indirect or consequential loss or damage which may be losses that are not reasonably foreseeable (whether for loss of profit, loss of business, depletion of goodwill or otherwise), costs, expenses, or other claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (howsoever caused) which arise out of or in connection with the services we provide to you.

Nothing in these terms excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury caused by the Company’s negligence, or for the Company’s fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, or breach of any regulatory obligation.

These terms of business shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. In relation to any legal action or proceedings arising out of or in connection with these terms of business we both irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

No variation of this agreement shall be valid or effective unless it is in writing. We may amend these Terms of Business by sending you either a notice of amendment in writing or a revised Terms of Business. Our administration fees may be subject to change and, where this is the case, you will always be advised of the applicable fee prior to being charged.

We are entitled to assign these Terms of Business to any other affiliate for so long as such company remains an affiliate. Without affecting our fiduciary duty to you we are entitled to transfer client monies to an identical bank account held in the name of any affiliate for so long as such company remains an affiliate.

This Terms of Business constitutes the entire agreement and supersedes all previous agreements, understandings, and arrangements whether in writing or oral in respect of its subject matter.