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Peter is our Director of Corporate Relations, with overall responsibility for our partner relationship activity. As part of that role, Peter manages all of our Irish operations, including the establishment of our new Dublin branch, managing our existing partner relationships and actively seeking to grow our presence. Here Peter talks about our position in the Irish ancillary products market, and the opportunities ahead.
Absolutely, it is great to be leading this, especially now we are established in Dublin. We have had a strong presence in Ireland for a number of years now, however there is plenty of opportunity for us to continue growing our market share. The launch of our suite of ancillary products is a particularly exciting development, that will help support our growth ambitions.
Without a doubt it’s a very different market. Within personal lines the major difference is the absence of aggregators. Insurers and MGAs tend to have legal expenses, PA, breakdown etc included within their core covers so most of the clients are within this sector. The claims environment is also very different with the existence of the Personal injuries assessment board (PIAB) resulting in a different claims process and operation of legal expenses covers.
Previously Arc Legal operated under a service passport for the Republic of Ireland however we have now established our physical presence and are co-residing with our parent company AmTrust in Dublin city centre. This demonstrates strong commitment to the markets both North and South of Ireland and the reaction from our clients has been very positive.
There is an exciting suite of products that will deliver both choice and innovation to clients throughout Ireland. I have found already clients want a single provider for all their ancillary requirements and it’s great to be in the position to deliver great products underwritten by an A rated insurer.
For me it was an easy decision! Arc Legal has been a supplier for a number of years in my previous roles, and I have always admired the dynamic and flexible approach so joining the team was a great opportunity.
Those who know me well know that I am a part time farmer! I keep a small number of beef cattle and love early mornings, sun shining in a field surrounded with them!