Terms of Business Agreement

County Insurance Services North West LLP
298 Hoylake Road,
Moreton,
Wirral,
CH46 6DE
TEL: 0151 605 0202 FAX: 0151 605 0332
E-Mail: insure@cisnw.co.uk WEB: www. cisnw.co.uk

Law and Language

This Terms of Business is subject to English Law and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. We will use the English language for all communications, the contractual terms and conditions, and any information we are required to supply to you, before and during the duration of the contract.

Acceptance

The purpose of this agreement is to set out our professional relationship and detail the services we will provide to you, for your benefit and protection. You should read all of the documentation carefully and in particular, we would like to draw your attention to the “IMPORTANT INFORMATION” section. If you do not agree to any part of the information, please tell us, otherwise we will assume that you accept the terms of this agreement unless we hear from you.

The Regulator

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is an independent watchdog that regulates financial services. The FCA has authorised us to advise, arrange, deal in and assist with the placing and administration of all types of General Insurance policies.

We are also authorised to undertake the following Consumer Credit Activities
Credit Broking (where we act as a credit broker Not a Lender and we will introduce you to Close Premium Finance.)

Debt Administration

The firm has limited involvement in debt administration and this only Comprises of contacting the client to alert them to the payment issues after the firm has been contacted by the credit provider, passing on new payment details to the credit provider given to the firm by the client or arranging policy cancellations on request from the provider due to default. We cannot accept missed payments it is your responsibility to pay them to the finance company.

Our Financial Services Register number is 437523 and you can check our status and permissions at www.fca.org.uk or by contacting the FCA on 0800 678 1100.

Confidentiality and Data Protection

We will exchange the information that you provide to us with insurance companies and other brokers or agents for the purposes of obtaining quotations and arranging cover, this may result in a credit check to confirm your identity and minimise the risk of fraud. We will treat all information as private and confidential, and in strict accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), even when you are no longer a customer.

We will only share information if we are required to do so by law, or regulation.

Under the GDPR an individual has the right to request personal information that an organisation holds about them by making a subject access request. If you want to make a Subject Access Request you need to put your request in writing, and send it to us using one of the following methods, email, post or in person.

We will, in addition use information for marketing similar products or services by us. Contact may include SMS text, post, telephone or e-mail. If you do not want us to use your information in this way, please let us know.

Our Fees, Commission and Charges

We usually receive a commission from the insurance provider with whom we place your business, and in such a case, the commission will be paid to us either when we are in receipt of cleared funds from you (or the premium finance company, if one has been used) or, when the insurer has received cleared funds from us in respect of the premium due under your policy. The individual agreements we have with each insurer will determine which of the two methods above is used to make this transfer of commission.

We also receive commission for arranging finance agreements for the payment of insurance premiums and this is usually expressed as a percentage of the individual loan and is paid to us directly by the premium finance provider. We may also receive a commission or fee for passing introductions to other professional firms. In addition, we may make the following charges to cover the administration of your insurance:

STANDARD CHARGES THAT MAY BE APPLIED AT OUR DISCRETION

  • Arranging new policies - £10 to £25
  • Mid-term adjustments - £10 to £25
  • Refunds - We refund NET of our commission
  • Renewals - £15
  • Debit Card Payments - No Charge
  • Cancellation (We refund NET of our commission) - £25
  • Motor Trade Adjustments - £25 Minimum

Policies voided or cancelled from inception by insurers will be treated as a cancellation and we will retain any commission and fees before returning the net premium to you. By accepting these terms of business, you agree that we may retain the portion of the premium that relates to commission that would have been due to us.

Specific charges, which apply to individual policies, will be advised to you prior to the commencement of each contract applicable to that policy. The specific charge and purpose of any additional charges will always be advised to you in advance.

Return of Premium:

Any return of premium that is due to you will be refunded as soon as confirmed and returned to us by insurer.

You are entitled to request at any time, information about the commissions that we may have received in connection with your insurance, if you want this information please contact us.

Our Service

We can act both as agent of insurer, and on behalf of you, the customer. We have in place management controls to deal with any conflicts of interest that might arise. Unless we advise you otherwise, we are acting on your behalf.

We also act on behalf of insurers when collecting premiums under risk transfer

We will ask questions to enable us to assess your insurance requirements, this may include checking information that we already hold about you and your existing insurance arrangements with us and other parties.

For household and certain motor we will provide you with, advice and guidance after assessing what you want and need and recommend a suitable policy based on our experience of dealing with similar risks.

For all other consumer policies we will provide you with information only. You will need to make your own choice as we will not provide you with any advice or specific recommendations.

For commercial policies we will provide you with information only; including;
Generic comparisons between different insurers, which provide the most Competitive premium, you will need to make your own choice as we will not Provide you with any advice or specific recommendations. The information provided is based on price only.

We will confirm to you the level of service we are providing as part of our sales process. In all cases our service will include arranging and administering your insurance, including helping you with on-going changes.

Claims

We do not directly handle claims ourselves, but we will assist you in contacting the insurance company and passing any correspondence between yourselves but it remains your responsibility to have read, understood or queried all documentation upon receipt. All incidents that could possibly give rise to a claim must be notified to us or your insurer in accordance with the terms of your policy and a claim form completed where required. Delay on your part in notifying a claim and/or completing required forms will risk a loss you suffer not being paid or being paid in part only.

You must not in any circumstances admit liability for a loss or agree to any course of action, other than emergency measures carried out to minimise the loss, as you risk a loss you suffer not being paid or being paid in part only. All correspondence, claims, writs, summonses etc. Should be forwarded immediately, unanswered, either to us or to your insurer. You are also reminded of your duty to keep all losses and costs arising from an incident to a minimum and that failure to comply with policy terms and conditions may invalidate cover.

We will remit claims payments received to us from insurers on your behalf to you as soon as practicable. In the event that an insurer becomes insolvent or delays making settlement, we do not accept liability for any unpaid amounts. If we use the services of another intermediary to place your insurance we will advise you of the name of the intermediary and the name of the insurer.

If you mislay your policy at any time, we will arrange a replacement policy document, if you request it.

Our Selection (Fair Analysis)

We offer products from a wide range of insurance companies.

Our selection usually involves presenting to a reasonable number of insurance companies that will insure for the risk at hand, and this is called a fair analysis of the market.

Sometimes we may only approach two or three insurers and this is a limited Panel, or in some cases, we may only approach one insurer, in either case, we will tell you the basis as part of our selling process. You can also request a list of the companies that form the Panel we have approached.

Our Selection (Single Insurer)

We only offer this product from one insurer.

Taxi / Legal Expenses / Breakdown / Key Cover / Gap Cover / Catering / Wedding

Details of each insurer will be provided at the time.

Insurer Security

Insurers are subject to FCA regulation and are required to have adequate capital resources. We carry out checks on insurers but cannot guarantee the solvency of any individual insurer. Your liability for the premium, whether in full or pro rata, may arise under policies where a participating insurer becomes insolvent. An insolvent insurer may also be unable to meet a proportion or all of any claim made. Consequently we recommend wherever possible insuring with insurance companies with higher credit ratings. Should you be concerned or require any further information regarding your insurer then we will discuss this with you on request. In the interests of security and staff training, please be aware that phone calls may be monitored and recorded.

Severability

If any provision of these Terms of Business is found to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, the validity of the other provisions of these Terms of Business and the remainder of the provision in question will not be affected

Rights of Third Parties

Unless otherwise agreed between us in writing, no provision of this Terms of Business is enforceable under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any person other than you or us.

Checking Credit History for Quotes

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, some insurers 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 option for you.

This credit check will also appear on your credit report whether or not your application proceeds. By asking us to proceed with a quote you are signifying your consent to such information being processed by the insurer or ourselves.

Money

We will hold money that you pay to us in accordance with the regulators rules or under a risk transfer agreement with insurers. This will include holding your money in the following way.

A statutory trust client bank account that only allows us to use the money held in trust on behalf of a customer for paying that customers’ premium to an insurance company and to pay premium refunds or claims we receive from that insurance company to the customer, once the premium has been received from that insurance company. We cannot use one customer’s money to pay another customers premium or refund. Also for this reason it is not possible for you to offset the refund against premiums owed on another policy. We do not pay any interest on premiums held by us in the course of arranging and administering your insurance, unless, in the case of consumer transactions we receive more than £20 per transaction, and then we will ask for your permission to retain the interest. Unless you tell us otherwise, you are consenting to us holding your money in this way.

By holding your money in this way, means that in the event that this firm becomes insolvent your money remain protected.

In arranging your insurance we may employ the services of other intermediaries who are regulated by the FCA and your premium may be passed to these intermediaries for payment to insurers. These firms are also required to hold clients’ money in a separate trust account. We will also inform you if at any time we are required to pass your premium to firms that operate outside the UK where the protection may be different. Should you not wish us to pass premiums to a firm outside of the UK, please inform us?

Payment Options

We will provide you with full details of all the payment options available to you when we provide you with your insurance premium.

If you choose to enter in a finance arrangement, your details will be passed to a third party (insurer or lender) to enable them to contact you and you should contact us at the address given in this document if you do not want your details passed to that party. This finance arrangement will be subject to interest charges that we will confirm to you when providing the full details. Importantly, the arrangement you will enter into will be with the finance company not us. It is an entirely separate contract irrespective of the insurance contract. In the event of your failure to meet with the contractual obligations regarding payment the finance provider could approach the insurer to seek a termination of the insurance contract to recoup their outstanding finance arrears. You will be liable to pay their costs and charges if you do not keep up your repayments and cover is cancelled under your policy. This is because the agreement is between you, the policyholder and the finance company direct, not us or the insurer.

It is important that you read the finance agreement that is sent to you before you agree to enter into such an agreement.

We do not charge any fees to you for introducing you to a credit provider.

If you are a consumer as defined under the Consumer Credit Act, you will have the benefit of a 14 day cooling off period.

Please note that we only use Close Premium Finance for the provision of premium finance facilities.

Please Note: Your policy cover will cease if you fail to keep up payments on an instalment agreement or premium finance facility related to it.

Instalments

The only instalments we offer on new policies and renewals are:

1/ Two instalments 50% at inception and the Balance within 21 days with no credit charge.

Should the policy be cancelled due to non-payment any refund will be given subject to the terms given in the cancellation terms above.

2/ New Business Direct Debit with a 20% deposit and 9 monthly payments, refer to credit agreement terms.

3/ Renewals Direct Debit 10 monthly payments refer to credit agreement terms

Cancellation Terms - Consumers Only

Please contact us if you wish to cancel any policy that we have arranged for you.

Insurers give a 14 day ‘cooling off period’ where they allow you to cancel a policy and pay only the time on risk providing no claims have been reported. This applies to policies with duration of more than 1 month. In such instances County Insurance Services North West LLP are entitled to retain the commission and or administration fee which would have been due to cover our time and cost in arranging the policy.

Commission is usually received from insurers for placing business with them, however, this may not reflect the work done so we may add a fee over and above the insurance premium and this will be notified to you in advance at the time.

Following policy cancellation at the client’s request any refund will be given net of insurer’s commission and may be subject to a £10.00 administration fee.

Following policy cancellation at the insurers request due to non-payment of premium or failure to produce necessary documentation any refund will be given net of insurer’s commission and may be subject to a £10.00 administration fee.

If you have made a claim on your policy and you then cancel the policy you will not be entitled to any refund, and if paying by Direct Debit the payments will still need to be paid in full, failure to do so could invalidate your claim.

Due to the specialised nature of the some policies i.e. Short Term Policies (Taxi) and Liability Policies (Public and Employers Liability) and relatively low premiums refunds will not always be given on this type of insurance and is reliant on the Individual insurance company’s terms, shown in the policy booklet and schedule.

In the event of insurers altering their terms of acceptance, clients are entitled to cancel the insurance and subject to no claims the premium may be refunded, less any fee made by the insurer for cover provided. In all other cases short period rates will apply the following chart shows the industry average, but can be more or less see your own policy booklet to confirm.

Months

  • 1 - 30%
  • 2 - 40%
  • 3 - 50%
  • 4 - 60%
  • 5 - 70%
  • 6 - 80%
  • 7 - 90%
  • 8-12 - NIL

The FOS Consumer Helpline is on 0800 023 4567 (free for people phoning From a "fixed line" (for example, a landline at home) or 0300 123 9123 (Free for mobile-phone users paying monthly charge for calls to No’s starting 01 or 02). Alternatively you can contact them at Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, Harbour Exchange Square, London, E14 9SR. www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk

A full copy of our complaints procedure is available on request. Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

If we are unable to meet our obligations, you may be entitled to compensation from the FSCS. If we have advised or arranged insurance for you this will be covered for 90% of a claim, without any upper limit, however compulsory classes of insurance (such as motor insurance) is covered for 100% of a claim. Further information is available from the FSCS helpline on 0800 678 1100 and www.fscs.org.uk.

The FSCS is the UK’s statutory fund of last resort for customers of authorised financial services firms. Compensation is usually payable if an authorised firm is unable or unlikely to pay claims usually because it has ceased trading or become insolvent

Insurance Premium Tax (IPT)

Your premium detailed in the policy will include IPT at the prevailing rate. Should the rate of IPT be amended by the Government, your premium will be amended by the insurer to reflect the change.Some polices are subject to Value Added Tax (VAT) not IPT and should the rate of VAT be amended by the Government, your premium will be amended by the insurer to reflect the change.

Transferred Business

When we are appointed to service insurance policies other than at their inception or renewal and which were originally arranged by another party.

We shall not be liable during the current insurance period for any loss arising from any errors or omissions or gaps in your insurance cover or advice not supplied by us. Should you have any concerns in respect of a policy which has been transferred to us, or if you require an immediate review of your insurance arrangements, you must notify us immediately. Otherwise we shall review your insurance arrangements and advice accordingly as each policy falls due for renewal.

Termination

You may cancel this agreement with us at any time. You must provide at least 30 days written notice of instructions. We also reserve the right to cancel this agreement at any time. In this event, we will provide you with reasonably sufficient time to re-arrange your insurance and we will notify you of termination in writing together with an explanation if appropriate.

Complaints

Our aim is always to provide our customers with a first-class service; however we are aware that, occasionally, it is possible that we may fail to meet your expectations. If for any reason we have not met your expectations, let us know as soon as possible, Our aim is to provide a first class service, However, if you wish to register a complaint, please contact us by Writing to Ian McGurn, County Insurance Services, 298 Hoylake Road, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 6DE, or, by phone 0151 605 0202, by fax 0151 605 0332.

If we are unable to resolve the issue to your satisfaction by the end of the third working day after receipt, we will formally investigate the matter. You will receive an acknowledgement of the matter together with a copy of our complaints process promptly and certainly within 5 working days. We will then aim to investigate and provide a resolution as quickly as possible, informing you of the position at no later than 4 weeks and a final response no later than 8 weeks.

If you are not happy with our response, or the position after a period of 8 weeks, you may be eligible to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) for an independent assessment and opinion.

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED
Bank / Public Holidays: CLOSED

We endeavour at all times to make sure the policy documents are accurate and precise, from when the policy is first issued and at successive renewals, you will be asked to check the proposal and certificates issued to you are correct please take the time to do this as incorrect information could leave the insurance invalid.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

WARNING – CONSUMERS

WHERE THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE CONTRACT IS FOR PRIVATE USE

Your duty to give information

When applying for or amending your insurance policy, we and / or your insurer will ask a number of questions to assess the risk prior to agreeing cover. It is your duty to ensure that you answer all questions raised by insurers or us honestly and reasonably. These questions are designed to enable us or the insurer to obtain a comprehensive picture of the nature of the risk to be insured, and only by asking such questions and receiving answers which are given honestly and with reasonable care, so we or the insurer would be in a position to offer terms which are designed to meet your demands and needs.

The reason why this is vital and extremely important is that if you fail to tell us or the insurer something when asked, or, if you answer carelessly or act deliberately or recklessly in making misrepresentations when answering questions, your policy may leave you with no insurance protection; insurers may not pay a part or all of your claim and may cancel your policy. You may find it difficult to re-arrange cover because you did not tell an insurer or ourselves everything when asked, and you will have to disclose this fact when you reapply for insurance.

FAILURE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS HONESTLY AND REASONABLY, WHEN ASKED, MAY LEAVE YOU WITH NO COVER AND A CLAIM DECLINED.

WARNING – COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS

WHERE THE MAIN PURPOSE OF A CONSUMER CONTRACT IS NOT FOR PRIVATE USE

Your duty to give information

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR DUTY TO PROVIDE ALL MATERIALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION, FULLY, COMPLETELY AND ACCURATELY TO US AND YOUR INSURERS NOT ONLY WHEN YOU TAKE OUT YOUR INSURANCE, BUT ALSO THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF YOUR POLICY, AT THE ANNUAL RENEWAL OR AT ANY OTHER TIME WHEN CHANGES OCCUR.

Materially important information is any information that could influence an insurer’s decision to accept your risk including the cost of your insurance. For example, details of previous insurance claims that you have made, or reported. Personal information about you, such as Criminal Convictions (you have a duty to give this information even when the insurance relates to a business and not you). General information about the risk, such as the construction of a building, (for example, concrete floor, timber frame with brick, stone, and a slate roof) if you are not sure how much information to provide or do not understand the question please ask.

The reason why this is vital and extremely important is that if you fail to tell us or the insurer something when asked, or, if you answer carelessly or act deliberately or recklessly in making misrepresentations when answering questions, your policy may leave you with no insurance protection; insurers may not pay a part or all of your claim and may cancel your policy. You may find it difficult to re-arrange cover because you did not tell an insurer or ourselves everything when asked, and you will have to disclose this fact when you reapply for insurance.

FAILURE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS HONESTLY AND REASONABLY, WHEN ASKED, MAY LEAVE YOU WITH NO COVER AND A CLAIM DECLINED.

WARNING

Warranties and Conditions Precedent

Your policy contains a number of WARRANTIES and CONDITIONS and ENDORSEMENTS and SPECIAL TERMS. These are terms which you must comply with word for word, otherwise the insurer might not pay any claims and might cancel your policy from the start. Even if there is no connection between a breach of these terms and the cause of the loss.

Failure to comply with these terms may leave you with no insurance cover and your claim declined.

An insurance warranty does not mean that it is a guarantee of something; it typically means that you must comply with terms in order that your insurance protection remains operative.

Conditions Precedent: Some conditions do impose a responsibility on you to have complied with or completed the instructions before a certain section of the policy will operate. If you do not comply with the warranty or condition or endorsement or special terms stated, cover will not be in place.

FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY LEAVE YOU WITH NO COVER AND A CLAIM DECLINED

IMPORTANT

Warranties are not always referred to as such within a policy and schedule. They may be referred to as conditions, endorsements, special terms as well as warranties. It is important that you look out for these and if you have any doubt about a particular statement, please ask us for advice.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE MAY LEAVE YOU WITHOUT ANY COVER IN THE EVENT OF A CLAIMAND THE CLAIM DECLINED.

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