Media Release                                                                                                 23 October 2019


Michael Attwell, chair of the IUA Construction Working Group
A new London market committee for underwriters providing professional indemnity cover to the construction industry has been established by the International Underwriting Association (IUA). A particular focus for the group will be issues surrounding the use of cladding and fire protection in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

The Construction Working Group aims to encourage a more technical underwriting approach and address the availability of professional indemnity cover across the sector. It will promote engagement between insurers, the construction industry, government and regulators.

Michael Attwell, professional indemnity underwriter with Beazley is chair of the new group which already has representatives from 16 companies across the London Market.

He said: “The insurance industry has to change the way it works with contractors to achieve better pricing of risk and risk allocation. Insurers must adapt to changing standards particularly in cladding and fire protection post the Grenfell Tower disaster. 

“Our goal is to build a more joined-up approach across the industry and to drive best practice going forward.

“The contractors’ professional liability market needs some fresh thinking – this is essential to ensure that the market is able to perform as a strong and stable partner through hard times as well as good.”

The Construction Working Group will meet on a monthly basis and liaise closely with the IUA’s existing Professional Indemnity Forum. For further information about its operation please contact the group secretary Chris Jones (


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Notes to Editors:
About the IUA
The International Underwriting Association of London (IUA) represents international and wholesale insurance and reinsurance companies operating in or through London. It exists to promote and enhance the business environment for its members.
The IUA’s London Company Market Statistics Report shows that overall premium income for the company market in 2018 was £28.437bn. Gross premium written in London totalled £19.559bn while a further £8.877bn was identified as written in other locations but overseen by London operations.