Gallagher News and Insights

Why conduct a business insurance risk review?

27 January 2021

Nothing stands still, least of all in business. Chances are your company has changed in large or small ways, but has your insurance kept pace? Could you be over or under insured? These are some of reasons why it’s important to do a regular business insurance risk review. Here’s how you could benefit.

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Increased insurer scrutiny highlights need for good housekeeping

27 January 2021

As insurance becomes tougher to obtain generally, insurers are requiring increasing amounts of information about claims. Having this information to hand relies on good housekeeping – as does minimising the risks in the first place.

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Cyber resilience for survival of full scale attacks against Australian businesses

25 January 2021

As numbers of attacks have risen in the past year the Australian government has warned that businesses need to be prepared, with the right defences and recovery resources.

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Insuring against unknown factors in mergers and acquisitions

22 January 2021

In anticipation of increased mergers and acquisitions activity for local and global business buy and sell transactions influenced by the forces of COVID-19 business impacts and uncertain economic conditions, insurers are looking to new uses of cover to for businesses to ensure they’re covered for unknown risks as well as the known.

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Mergers and acquisitions outlook 2021: global trends report

18 January 2021

After a year of extraordinary conditions Gallagher has released its Global Mergers & Acquisitions Outlook Report, January 2021. Following 2019 when M&A insurance capacity expanded significantly to meet increased competition, providers were forced to reassess their positions and adapt rapidly by innovating their offerings to a reduced market. The report covers the key developments likely to...

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Business Insurance & Risk Market update: insights for 2021

08 December 2020

After a year of challenges for the world when businesses have been forced to respond to the impact of COVID-19, we are now confronting a host of new considerations in what was already a cautious insurance market. In this edition of our bi-annual Business Insurance & Risk Market Update we look at the risks and opportunities that are emerging for 2021.

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Severe weather preparedness checklists for business: cyclones, floods, storms, bushfires

24 November 2020

Protect your business from severe weather events including fires with these precaution checklists to action ahead of a threat and guides for how to be prepared for emergency conditions.

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Prepare and protect your business against extreme weather and natural disasters

24 November 2020

Extreme weather events or natural disasters are a fact of life for Australian businesses all over the country. Either bushfires, cyclones, storms or heavy hail can affect many areas, causing threats to safety, damage to property and interruptions to transport, communications and business activities. It only makes sense to be prepared. Here’s our guidelines to some of the key essentials.

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Specialist jewellery insurance: do you need it?

20 November 2020

One size doesn’t fit all: signs you need specialist jewellery insurance

Specialist jewellers, like pearlers or artisan jewellers, regularly handle unique items and rare or valuable materials. This raises the amount of risk they’re exposed to as a business. Why? Because:

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7 steps to securing optimal SME business insurance cover

12 November 2020

Obtaining the insurance cover your small to medium (SME) sized business needs on terms that you can meet can be challenging, especially when the insurance market is in a ‘hard’ cycle, driving higher premiums and reducing availability of cover. Tackling these challenges with a business insurance broker to work through these conditions will help you achieve the best possible outcome.

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Insurance for new class of small business insolvency practitioners

12 November 2020

Proposed legislation reforms to the Australian insolvency regime include the creation of a new class of practitioner: the Small Business Restructuring Practitioner (SBRP). The Gallagher Insolvency & Turnaround (Gallagher I&T) team has reviewed and updated our relevant bespoke insolvency insurance policies to take in to account the risks of this new professional model. Here’s a summary of the...

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Industrial special risks insurance plugs potential gaps in commercial property cover

10 November 2020

When disaster strikes isn’t the time to discover limitations in your commercial property insurance, especially if one event has triggered a cascade of further issues. But there is property insurance available to larger business operations that extends to consequential losses without the need to specify what they are: industrial special risks insurance. Here’s how it can plug gaps you might not...

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5 cases where management liability provided critical insurance for businesses

05 November 2020

Business owners and managers can be held responsible if an issue concerning the company becomes the subject of a legal action. This can involve costs in defending a case, and more if they are found liable, which is why management liability insurance offers critical risk support. Here we profile 5 cases where management liability insurance provided essential protection in a number of different...

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Commercial property risks: 4 fundamental areas that impact your risk profile

30 October 2020

In the current challenging market for obtaining insurance cover it’s an advantage to know how your commercial property risks might be viewed. This has direct bearing on how your risk profile is assessed so it’s worth getting ahead of the game by looking at your property through an insurer’s eyes. Here’s a quick guide to making a start.

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The local business insurance approach to meeting regional business needs

28 October 2020

Gallagher Branch Manager for Wagga Wagga Caleb Richards wants to help build up the perception of insurance brokers to being comparable to lawyers or accountants, and he’s putting in the yards to do it. Here’s how he approaches providing value to his regional community.

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Buyer and seller insurance for mitigating risks in mergers and acquisitions

27 October 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on global economies and Australia has brought a marked reduction in business mergers and acquisitions (M&A), but that isn’t universal, according to a recent study by Deloitte. A survey of leading local dealmakers and 60 corporate heads of M&A identified a number of businesses are poised to take advantage of opportunities for sales, but the need for caution is paramount.

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Insurance services and solutions tailored for the unique risks in the insolvency profession

14 October 2020

2020 has certainly been a challenging year in so many ways. The Gallagher Insolvency & Turnaround (Gallagher I&T) team understands the immediate impact to the insolvency profession from the Federal Government’s insolvent trading relief being extended to the end of 2020 along with the proposed legislation reforms to the insolvency regime. Here’s how we’re preparing to support and assist our...

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Insurance Market Conditions Report: Navigating the Hard Market: Q4, 2020

25 September 2020

Like many, the insurance industry is facing hard market conditions, which follow tightening over a number of years, with significant constraint in insurer capacity and increases in premium pricing across many insurance classes. Businesses seeking renewed or expanded insurance cover are experiencing the challenges of this demanding insurance climate. Our placement experts and insurance sector...

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What insurance do I need for my business vehicles?

11 September 2020

Delivery scooter to full fleet, van to ute with all the gear: the way that vehicles are used for business are as varied as the people who drive them. Whether you’re a tradie with a built-in tool chest or a business running a sales fleet of branded sedans, you need insurance for your business vehicles.

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Client case study: major insurance gap identified for growing business

01 September 2020

At 27 the principal of a construction company he had built up since he graduated as an apprentice was a complete success. His business had grown from one employee to 26, his turnover from $250,000 a year to $10 million. Every year he simply renewed his online small business package – until his personal insurance broker offered a review of his business insurance cover.

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