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By Andrew Duguid

Huge losses pretty much destroyed Lloyd's, a respected British establishment, the world's greatest coverage industry. 10000 humans confronted titanic own money owed they notion profoundly unfair. They challenged a complacent establishment, forcing it to confront its largest ever hindrance. This e-book tells what relatively occurred, from the inside.

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The claim went around the circle until one syndicate, which hadn’t bought enough protection and couldn’t pass it on, was left with the liability and therefore had to pay the claim. The market for this kind of reinsurance – London Market Excess of Loss (LMX) – was specialised and complex. The brokers who were expert at buying and selling it were some of the best paid in London, notably Bill Brown of Walsham Brothers. They earned fees or commissions on each transaction. With a small specialist broking firm, Brown, who had started out as the tea boy, earned in excess of £8 million in one year.

How did this conservative institution end up with the ultimate expression of modernism? 36 The key concept INSIDE OUT 29 Picture 4 Cartoon by Dave Gaskill. When it opened in 1986, the novelty of the Lloyd’s building featured in many light-hearted cartoons. The author’s favourite is reproduced by kind permission of Dave Gaskill was a high degree of flexibility to respond to future needs. In June 1979, Lloyd’s redevelopment committee, chaired by Peter Green, enthusiastically endorsed Richard Rogers’ outline proposals.

New members had to be patient. Historically, Lloyd’s insurance of ships and cargoes involved long sea journeys; as a result, it could take time before the extent of any losses was known. Lloyd’s operated a unique accounting system: each syndicate’s year of account remained ‘open’ until three years had elapsed. Only then was the profit or loss determined. As Lloyd’s business broadened, this accounting system was also used for other insurance categories, like fire, property and theft. But where liabilities22 are insured, it can take much longer than three years for the true value of claims to emerge.

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