Terms of Business

For the purposes of this agreement you are classified as a RETAIL or COMMERCIAL CUSTOMER.

We recommend that you carefully read these Terms that apply to our appointment by you and the services we provide.

Cubit Insurance is a trading name of Cubit South Ltd which is an appointed representative of Cubit Insurance Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority no. 498324

You can check this on the FCA register by visiting the FCA’s website www.fca.gov.uk or by telephoning the FCA on 0845 606 1234.

Our Service

We offer a wide range of insurance products and have access to leading insurers in the marketplace; which we have selected as offering value for money and quality of service.

We select products from a single insurer for Private Motor, Commercial Vehicle and Motor Fleets. Other insurance products we source from a range of specialist insurers.

We will explain the main features of the products and services that we offer you including details of the provider, main details of cover and benefits, any unusual restrictions or exclusions, any significant conditions or obligations and the period of cover.

We will make a recommendation after we have assessed your needs, or advise you if we are unable to place your insurance.

Confidentiality and Data Protection

All information about you of a sensitive or personal nature will be treated as private and confidential. We will, however, use and disclose this information in the course of arranging, placing and administering your insurance. This may involve passing information about you to insurers, other intermediaries, risk management assessors, uninsured loss recovery agencies and other third parties involved (directly or indirectly) in your insurance.

We may also pass information about you to credit reference agencies and premium finance providers in connection with the assessment of your financial standing generally and, in particular, where you have requested a premium instalment plan – this may include details of your payment record with us.

We may also pass information about you to other companies we are associated with. We, or they, may also use this information to provide you with information on other products and services we, or they, can offer and which we, or they, feel may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive marketing information from us, or them, or for us to disclose information about you to other parties for marketing purposes, please contact us immediately.

In the interests of security and to improve our service, telephone calls you make to us may be monitored and /or recorded.

Your Duty to Disclose Information

It is your responsibility to provide complete and accurate information to insurers when you take out an insurance policy, throughout the life of the policy, and when you renew your insurance. It is important that you ensure all statements you make on proposal forms, claim forms and other documents are full and accurate. We recommend that you keep a copy of all correspondence in relation to the arrangement of your insurance. Any renewal of insurance will rely upon the information provided by you in connection with your previous insurance policy – we will assume that such information remains correct unless you tell us otherwise. If you fail to disclose any material information to us and your insurers, this could invalidate your insurance cover and could mean that part or all of a claim may not be paid. You should take particular care to check the accuracy of all information you provide.

Notification of Incidents/Claims

It is essential to notify us immediately of all incidents that may result in a claim against your insurance policy. You must do so whether you believe you are liable or not. Any letter or claim received by you must be passed to us immediately without acknowledgement. Only by providing prompt notification of incidents can your insurance company take steps to protect your interests. Your policy summary and/or policy document will provide you with details on who to contact to make a claim. Claims payment will be made to you. If you require a payment to be made to a third party then you must confirm the required payee name and details and provide a brief explanation for your request.

Please contact us for guidance on claiming under your policy on 0208 696 5700.

Cancellation

Your policy document will detail your rights to cancel your insurance once you have taken it out. Depending on the type of policy you have purchased, you may be entitled to cancel within 14 or 30 days of, either conclusion of the contract or receipt of your policy documentation, whichever occurs later. Where you cancel a policy before renewal you will be responsible for paying a charge to meet the cost of cover provided and administration expenses.

Please see the Charges section. To enable your insurer to process the cancellation you will need to return certificates, and any official documents, to our office within 7-14 days of your notice to cancel dependent upon the insurer’s terms.

Cubit insurance will not issue refunds on any short term weekly, monthly or quarterly insurance policies.

Complaints

It is our intention to provide you with the highest possible level of customer service at all times. However we recognise that things can go wrong occasionally and if this occurs we are committed to resolving matters promptly and fairly.

Should you wish to complain you may do so:

Should you not be satisfied with our final response, you may be entitled to refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). Further details will be supplied at the time of responding to your complaint.

Solvency of Insurers

We cannot guarantee the solvency of any insurer with which we place business. This means that you may still be liable for any premium due and not be able to recover the premium paid, whether in full or in part, should an insurer become insolvent.

Terms of Payment

If payment is not received from you in accordance with the terms set out to you in our communications, we, or your insurer, may be forced to cancel or lapse the relevant policy/policies, which could mean that part or all of a claim may not be paid. When renewal is invited and the policy is paid by monthly direct debit, we will issue a notice to you. To ensure you are not left without cover, the absence of a response to this notice will be deemed as your consent to cover being renewed automatically.

If any direct debit or other payment due, in respect of any credit agreement you enter into to pay insurance premiums is not met when presented for payment, or if you end the credit agreement, we will be informed of such events by the credit provider.

If you do not make other arrangements with us 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 and to collect any refund of premiums which may be made by the insurer. If any money is owed under your credit agreement, it is imperative that you pay it to the credit provider or if we have already been debited with the amount outstanding use it to offset our costs.

You will be responsible for paying any time-on-risk charge and putting in place any alternative insurance and/or payment arrangements you need.

Any payment we receive from you will be held by us in a Statutory Trust Client Bank Account held in HSBC Bank. In some cases the payment we receive will be held on behalf of the provider with whom we arrange your policy as their agent. This means that any payment you make to us will be regarded as having been paid to the provider. This is known as risk transfer. By operating a Statutory Trust Client Account we are not permitted to, and may not use such monies to cross-fund clients premiums.

All cheques should be made payable to Cubit Insurance Ltd by instructing us to place insurance on your behalf you give your informed consent to these Client Money procedures. If there are any matters which you do not understand, or do not accept, you should discuss them with us before proceeding. We may pass the money you pay us to another intermediary. We will only do this where it is a necessary part of the process of arranging cover for you. Where this includes intermediaries outside the UK the legal and regulatory regime may be different from that of the UK. In the event of the intermediary failing money may be treated differently than if it was held by an intermediary in the UK. You may notify us if you do not wish your money to be passed to a person in a particular jurisdiction. No interest will be payable to customers in respect of the client account. Any interest earned will remain in the ownership of Cubit South Ltd

Charges

In addition to the amount charged by insurers we also make charges to cover the administration of your insurance.

Consumer Commercial Customer Non refundable arrangement fee from £0.00 to £500.

Where we arrange low or non-commission paying products, we will charge an arrangement fee and will advise you of the actual amount at the time of quotation or renewal.

These fees may be subject to change. Where there are changes, we will confirm this clearly and the actual amount will always be disclosed to you before you commit to purchasing the product. As insurance brokers we earn our income predominantly from commission paid to us by insurers based on the amount they charge you. You are entitled, at any time, to request information regarding any commission which we may have received as a result of placing, or renewing, your insurance cover. We may occasionally receive additional remuneration from certain insurers for insurance policies we place with them. Please ask us should you require further information.

Refunds

Where a policy is cancelled before renewal, insurers charge to cover their costs, with the balance refunded to you, subject to no claim having been made. Full details will be available in your policy. In the event of an adjustment giving rise to a return of premium the amount may be refunded or held to credit. Insurers reclaim commission paid to us when you cancel a policy before renewal or where there is a mid-term alteration to your policy which results in a refund of premium. The amount reclaimed is based on the number of days until the planned renewal date. As a consequence, we will make a deduction to the value of the commission reclaimed, from any return premium owing to you.

For certain commercial insurance policies, insurers will only provide cover where the premium is due in full on inception of the policy. This is called “minimum and deposit” and means that no refund will be paid if the policy is cancelled before renewal. We will advise you if this affects you. In view of the cost involved in making changes to your policy, we will not issue refunds of less than £25.00.

General

If any provision of these Terms is found to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, the validity of the other provisions of these Terms and the remainder of the provision in question will not be affected. These Terms shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales or Scotland and the parties agree herewith that any dispute arising out of it shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the relevant court.

These terms supersede all proposals, prior discussions and representations, (whether oral or written) between us relating to our appointment as your agent in connection with the arranging and administration of your insurance. These Terms constitute an offer by us to act on your behalf in the arranging and administration of your insurance. In the absence of any specific acceptance communicated to us by you (whether verbal or written) you are deemed to accept our offer to act for you on the basis of these terms, by conduct, upon your instructing us to arrange, renew or otherwise act for you in connection with  Insurance matters.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and you may be entitled to compensation from the scheme if we cannot meet our obligations. Further information about compensation scheme arrangements is available from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme at http://www.fscs.org.uk

Cubit South Ltd
23 Shrubbery Road
Streatham
London
SW16 2AS
Registered in England & Wales No: 07578247

Tel: 0208 696 5700  

Fax: 0208 696 5701

Email: south@cubit-insurance.co.uk