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 insurance intermediary, who 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 St Clare House, 30-33 Minories, London, EC3N 1PES. We do not offer an advised sales service. We will assess your demands and needs and offer a product with enough information for you to make an informed decision on how to proceed.
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.
How we are remunerated
We arrange the policy on your behalf. You do not pay is a fee for doing this. We receive commission from the insurer which is a percentage of the total premium.
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.
General Data Protection Regulation & Privacy
In accordance with Data Protection legislation, including General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) any personal and/or sensitive data requested from you will be stored securely and will only be used in order to manage the contract of business, including insurance requirements, we are arranging for you where we have a legal obligation in handling your data. We may also have a legitimate interest in handling your data when dealing with third parties, such as your insurers. This information will only be made available to third parties, such as insurers or their claims handling agents, in order to further manage and service your insurance policy. We will retain your information for a period of time which is necessary to ensure no further liability, such as any insurance claims, exists. After your policy expires with us, we may keep your data for up to 7 years. If you provide data to us about other people you must provide this notice to them before you pass their data to us. You must obtain their consent if this includes sensitive data such as health details.
Acumen Insurance Services respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. Our privacy notice is available at www.covercloud.co.uk/privacy-policy and will inform you as to how we look after your personal data when you visit our website (regardless of where you visit it from) and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.
If at any time you wish to know what information we hold on you, or have any queries relating to the above, please contact our director responsible for Data Protection issues at:-
Telephone: 020 7977 5700
Or write to:
Acumen Insurance Services Ltd
St Clare House
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.
UK anti-money laundering and Sanctions regulations require us to obtain evidence of the identity of clients for whom we act at the start of a business relationship. For consumers, a validated copy of your driving licence, passport or other evidence of identity is likely, together with a recent utility bill.
We are obligated to report to the National Crime Agency any evidence or suspicion of money laundering at the first opportunity and we are prohibited from disclosing any such report to you.
Claims payment will be made in favour of the insured. 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 you request.
Each party to this agreement confirms it has adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery and corruption which may arise in the course of its business and not commit, authorise or permit any action which would contravene any bribery or other anti-corruption laws or regulations in force. Any suspicion that any improper activity has, or may take place must be reported to the other party immediately.
It is a condition of this agreement that the parties will not knowingly facilitate in any activity which may be construed as tax evasion. It is further agreed that the parties will have adequate and proportionate procedures in place to identify suspicious circumstances which could be construed as tax evasion, either by themselves or those they do business with (termed ‘Associated Persons’).
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