Hiscox has partnered with RKH Reinsurance Brokers to launch a new variable consortium with a maximum line of over $20m (£16m) for a “wide range” of challenging general liability risks.
The risks in question include such areas as wildfires, trucking and construction.
The “market first” consortium will enable Hiscox to bind capacity on behalf of its follow market, whilst allowing all members to “flex their line up” to a selected maximum on a risk-by-risk basis.
The variable structure will give Hiscox and all consortium members the “flexibility to respond to more challenging and specialist risks”.
In addition, it offers brokers access to a “meaningful” amount of capacity from a single underwriting source, increasing the efficiency of the placement process.
Ed Wallis, general liability line underwriter at Hiscox London Market, said: “Realising that some of the larger risks in highly exposed industries have been struggling to find capacity, we have been pleased to collaborate with RKH Reinsurance Brokers to put a truly innovative market response in place.
“The variable consortium offers general liability brokers and their clients a valuable point of entry for London market capacity, and will bring risks into the Lloyd’s market that might otherwise struggle to find a home.”
He added: “Our consortium members have given us the mandate to consider a broad spectrum of risks in capacity-challenged areas of the liability market, on the basis that they need not be constrained by a predetermined share of the portfolio.
“This allows them to vary their line according to the risks we put in front of them, allowing us to aggregate a larger amount of capacity than we might otherwise be able to obtain through a traditional consortium structure when the right opportunities present themselves.”
Tom Gauge, executive director at RKH Reinsurance Brokers, said: “We were delighted to work with Hiscox to bring true innovation to the consortium placement process, which in turn has enhanced their product offering, and ultimately the ability of the Lloyd’s market to respond to its clients in a challenging trading environment.
“As specialists in Lloyd’s consortia at RKH Reinsurance Brokers, we recognise the value that these structures can bring to the Underwriting Room in terms of capacity, distribution, and expense management, and the important role that they will no doubt play as the Lloyd’s market reassesses how risks can be placed most efficiently.”