Adrian Furness speaks out about CMA motor insurance reforms

29th September 2014

Covéa Insurance’s Claims Director, Adrian Furness, is a passionate advocate for both consumers and the insurance industry. He believes that the recent CMA ruling on practices in the motor insurance market, which was intended to improve the way the market operates and benefit consumers, was a ‘missed opportunity’.

Adrian explains:

“This is a really disappointing outcome and represents a missed opportunity to remove some of the dysfunctional elements of the motor insurance market. In particular, the failure to ban referral fees for credit hire is perverse, given the banning of referral fees for injuries under the LASPO reforms.

In addition, the failure to reform both the process and the excessive cost of replacement vehicles, sourced under a credit agreement, will continue to encourage the wrong behaviours and result in additional costs being passed on to the customer in the form of higher insurance premiums.

Finally, the complete failure to address subrogation now legitimises the practice of claiming back costs that are higher than the actual cost of repair. In doing so, I expect that not only have the CMA maintained the status quo, but the unintended consequence is that they have given free reign for others to maximise margins. Again the result is that costs will increase which inevitably means higher insurance premiums. This study has cost the taxpayer a significant amount of money and you really have to question what have they received in return.”




About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance Plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France, generating over 16.6 billion Euros in premiums in 2020.   

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 2 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s ‘AA- stable’ rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, pet, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, through a range of distribution channels.

Employing over 1900 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos.  It holds ServiceMark accreditation with Distinction for its Personal Lines operation and its Commercial & HNW Claims teams, as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial business.  Covéa Insurance is signatory to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and the insurance Inclusivity Pledge and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

Recently, Covéa Insurance won the General Insurer of the Year award at the British Insurance Awards 2021. It was named as the Best Place to Work in Digital (Large Organisations) at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards and as the Best Employer at the Yorkshire Financial Awards.  They were also recipients of the Best Insurer title at the British Claims Awards, High Net Worth Product of the Year Award at the Insurance Times Awards, the Staff Empowerment Award at the Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance Awards.

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