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Markel Insurances

About us

Markel UK serves regional brokers with specialist solutions for charities, businesses and professionals and the biomedical and life sciences industry.

We are the UK division of Markel International’s National Markets operation. Markel International is the London-based subsidiary of Markel Corporation, a leading name in insurance since 1930.

Established 25 years ago, Markel serves regional brokers with specialist solutions for charities, businesses and professionals as well as the biomedical and life sciences industry. Products are underwritten on behalf of Markel International Insurance Company Limited by local development underwriters who deliver a first-class service and unrivalled knowledge of specialist sectors to regional brokers throughout the UK.

View our company and syndicate ratings.

Find out more about Markel International.

Corporate responsibility

We are committed to supporting charities, the local community and the environment. Our policy is to:

  • Support local community projects through the direct involvement of employees by giving every employee up to three days paid leave a year to volunteer
  • Encourage employees to seek new ways to support charitable and environmental causes, both individually and collectively
  • Respond to national or global catastrophes and deprivation by assisting with staff fund-raising and matching donations or sponsorship through the Markel Match Programme
  • Provide corporate donations of cash or time to selective welfare organisations and charitable bodies
  • Organise specific fund-raising activities to supplement corporate donations

Our chosen charity is Carers Trust, an organisation created on the initiative of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in 1991. We have raised over £150,000 for this deserving cause since 2008 and as a social welfare insurer we are only too aware of the tremendous amount of work and responsibility taken on by individual carers. With a combination of corporate and staff fundraising initiatives, including dress down days, sponsorship and challenges, we generate funds for the charity so it can maintain its vital services supporting carers. Plus, for every new policy bound on our broker e-trading system, we contribute £1 to this great cause.

Environmental statement

Our goal is to minimise our environmental impact while adhering to our corporate philosophy, expressed in the Markel Style.

We will use only necessary consumables and we will recycle wherever possible. We review our
environmental performance continuously.

To help us achieve these goals, we stay fully informed about the latest environmental developments and practices.

A global brand

Markel UK is a division of Markel International, an international insurance company which looks after the commercial insurance needs of major businesses, SMEs, professionals and sole traders. Operating through six divisions, Markel International has offices in 17 countries, across the UK, Europe, Canada, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Markel International is a division of Markel Corporation, a US-based holding company for insurance, reinsurance and investment operations around the world, that trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MKL), has  $33.3 billion of combined assets and $9.1 billion of shareholders’ equity. In 2018 Markel Corporation wrote gross premium of $7.9 billion.

Depending on risk location, Markel can underwrite via its Lloyd’s syndicate, its London insurance company, Markel International Insurance Company Limited, or its German insurance company, Markel Insurance SE, established in 2018 to handle EEA risks after Brexit. Other insuring entities include Markel Resseguradora do Brasil S.A. and Markel Seguradora do Brasil S.A.

MIICL is licensed for insurance in all EU and numerous other overseas territories while Syndicate 3000 benefits from Lloyd’s global licences and can write insurance and reinsurance worldwide.

Markel also offers tax and legal services through its specialist companies Markel Tax and Markel Law. 

Financial strength ratings

Markel International Insurance Company Limited
Standard & Poor’s: A (Strong)
A.M. Best: A (Excellent)
Markel Insurance SE
Standard & Poor’s: A (Strong)
A.M. Best: A (Excellent)
Syndicate 3000*/Lloyd's
Standard & Poor’s: A+ (Strong)
A.M. Best: A (Excellent)
Fitch: AA- (Very strong)

Visit the Markel Corporation financial strength and credit ratings page for more information.

*Benefits from ratings for Lloyd’s