Terms of Business
Please read this document carefully. It sets out the terms on which we agree to act for our clients and contains details of our regulatory and statutory responsibilities. Please contact us immediately if there is anything in these terms of business that you do not understand or with which you disagree. Your Policy Wording should be read carefully to ensure your insurance suits your requirements.
Acumen Insurance Services Limited is an Appointed Representative of Maintenance Assist Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), FCA reference 516611. Our trading address is Tourism House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WS.
We always use recognised insurers who are to the best of our knowledge financially sound. However we cannot guarantee the solvency of any particular insurer and if you feel it necessary you must ensure that the choice of insurer meets your requirements. We can advise the actual insurer we intend to use on request.
Financial Conduct Authority
You can check our authorisation on the FCA’s Register by visiting the website www.fca.org.uk or by contacting the FCA on 0800 111 6768.
Important. Disclosure of Information by You
If you are a consumer insured (i.e. a person buying insurance wholly or mainly for personal purposes unrelated to your employment), you have a duty to take reasonable care to answer questions fully and accurately, and that any information you volunteer is not misleading. This duty exists before the cover is placed, when renewed, or altered at any time throughout the duration of the policy. If you do not do so, your Insurer may be able to void your policy from inception.
If you are a business insured (i.e. not a consumer insured) you have a duty to disclose all facts that are material to the risk insured, before the cover is placed, when renewed, or altered at any time throughout the duration of the policy. A material fact is a fact which may influence an Insurers assessment of a risk, including its terms and pricing. If you are in any doubt whether a fact is material, it should be disclosed, as failure to disclose such a fact may entitle your Insurer to void your policy from inception.
Confidentiality of Information
All personal information about you will be treated as private and confidential (even when you are no longer a customer), except where the disclosure is made at your request, with your consent, in relation to administering your insurance or where law requires us. As part of the FCA’s duties, we may be asked to provide them with access to our customer records in order that they may carry out a review of our activities.
Data Protection Act
Some or all of the information you supply to us in connection with your insurance proposal will be held on computer and may be passed to other insurance companies for underwriting and claims purposes. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have a right of access to see personal information about you that is held in our records, whether electronically or manually. If you have any queries, please write to the Compliance Officer at Acumen Insurance Limited, Tourism House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WS.
Notification of Claims
Refer to the Policy Summary or Policy Wording if you wish to notify a claim. You may also contact us for help and assistance.
Changes to Your Cover
We will normally deal with requests to increase or amend cover on the day your instructions are received, or the next working day if a weekend or public holiday. Sometimes changes cannot be processed without obtaining additional information. If additional information is required we will contact you as quickly as possible. We will confirm changes to your policy, once agreed, in writing. We will also advise you of any extra premiums or administrative charges you must pay or premiums we must return to you.
Your policy contains a 14-day cooling off period during which you can return your policy to be cancelled and obtain a refund. Details of this are contained in your Policy Wording. A pro-rata charge may be made for the time you have been on cover in addition to an administration fee. If you have any queries please direct them to us in the first instance.
Security of Your Money
Prior to your premium being forwarded to the insurer, and for your protection, we either hold your money as an agent of the insurer, or hold it in a client bank account on trust for you.
It is our intention to provide a high level of service at all times. If, however, you have reason to make a complaint about our service you should contact the Compliance Officer at, Acumen Insurance Services Limited, Tourism House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WS.You may be entitled to refer the matter subsequently to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Further information is available at www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk or by contacting them on 0845 080 1800. If you decide to refer any matter to the Financial Ombudsman Services your legal rights will not be affected.
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. 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. Insurance advising and arranging is covered for 90% of the claim, without any upper limit. For compulsory classes of insurance, 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 by visiting www.fscs.org.uk