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Terms & Conditions

These Terms of Business set out the general terms under which our firm will provide General Insurance business services to you. It details the respective duties and responsibilities of both the firm and you in relation to such services. Please ensure to read these terms thoroughly and if you have any queries, please contact us at the above address and we will be happy to clarify any questions you may have. If any material changes are made to these terms we will notify you, at the earliest opportunity.

We commit to providing you with an excellent and professional level of service. We believe in acting only in the best interests of our clients to ensure that a relationship as important and fundamental as ours is maintained for life.

Berns Brett Ireland Ltd T/A BBi Ireland is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland under the European Communities Insurance Mediation Regulations, 2005. A copy of our Authorisation is available on request; alternatively the Central Bank of Ireland holds registers of regulated firms which can be viewed on their website www.centralbank.ie. BBi Ireland is a branch of the Berns Brett Group (BBi) and is part of The BBi Group of Associated Companies.

Berns Brett Ireland Ltd T/A BBi Ireland is subject to and complies with the Consumer Protection Code, the Minimum Competency Code and the Fitness and Probity Standards. These Codes offer protection to consumers and can be found on the Central Bank of Ireland website www.centralbank.ie

As Insurance Intermediaries we provide advice in relation to General Insurance products and services. We offer advice on a fair analysis basis. This means that we offer products from a wide range of providers, are able to recommend the best product to meet your individual needs and, on receipt of your instructions, will transmit orders on your behalf to one or more product producers (a list of such providers is available upon request).

We do not guarantee nor make representations in regard to, and expressly disclaim responsibility for the financial security of Insurance Companies and Product Producers with which we place business. Berns Brett Ireland Ltd T/A BBi Ireland are members of Brokers Ireland.

We provide advice in relation to the following general insurance products: Household, Motor, Commercial, Public Liability and Employers Liability. Depending on your instructions we can advise you in relation to the products of the Insurance Companies and Product Producers with whom we hold appointments and we will work on your behalf to negotiate competitive renewal terms on your insurance cover.

We will also offer assistance to you in relation to processing claims, on policies taken out through with our firm. This assistance is provided either directly by our staff and/or with the assistance of an appointed loss assessor.

Important Notice: To ensure continuity of cover, where you have an existing policy which is due to expire and we have been unable to contact you, we may put continuing cover in force whilst awaiting your instruction. You will be liable for any premiums payable to the relevant insurer for the period of time between renewal and when we receive your instruction. You have the right not to avail of this service and should advise us accordingly.

If you require credit terms, we may be able to arrange premium finance on your behalf. Alternatively a monthly direct debit facility (if available) may be operated by the Insurance Company. We cannot accept instalments paid to our office.

It is the policy of our firm to avoid conflicts of interest in providing you with insurance services. If this is not possible, we will notify you as soon as is practicable after we become aware of the conflict of interest and you may rest assured that you will be treated fairly where such a conflict is unavoidable.

We have a written complaints procedure for the effective handling of all complaints. We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint in writing within 5 working days. A written update will be issued to you every 20 days by a nominated individual within our firm. A comprehensive response to your complaint will be issued within 8 weeks of receipt of your initial complaint. In the event of failure to resolve your complaint you may raise the matter with the Financial Services Ombudsman Bureau Lo Call: 1890 88 20 90 enquires@financialombudsman.ie or the Pension Ombudsman.

Our full Complaints Procedure is available on request.

Our firm will exercise its legal rights to receive payments due to it from clients for insurance business services provided. In particular, without limitation of the generality of the foregoing, the firm will seek reimbursement for all payments made to insurers on behalf of clients where the firm has acted in good faith in renewing a policy of insurance for the client. Insurers and other product producers may withdraw benefits or cover in the event of default on payments due under policies of insurance or other products arranged for you. We would refer you to policy documents or product terms for the details of such provisions.

It is your responsibility to provide complete and accurate information for Insurers when arranging an insurance policy and/or where a Statement of Fact is completed on your behalf. Failure to disclose any material information to your insurers could invalidate your insurance cover; all/or part of the claim may not be paid.

When receiving and transmitting orders in relation to insurance policies Berns Brett Ireland Ltd T/A BBi Ireland may accept payment from clients payable to itself where an insurance undertaking has invited renewal of a policy of insurance, or the proposal for insurance has been accepted by an insurance undertaking. A Section 30 receipt is issued for all monies received.

Berns Brett Ireland Ltd T/A BBi Ireland may be remunerated by the Insurance Companies and Product Producers to whom orders are transmitted for new business, on renewal of existing business and/or based on the levels of business introduced; remuneration details are available on request. Our consumer customers will also be charged for handling insurances and arranging premium finance as follows:

  • Renewal fee: €15
  • Mid-term adjustments: €15
  • Request for duplicate documentation: €15
  • Referred / bounced cheques: €20
  • Mid-term cancellations: €25

On occasion we may need to charge rates different to the above depending on the complexity of the case in question; we shall advise you of these charges in advance and before business is transacted.

Our commercial clients may also be charged fees which will be disclosed on a case by case basis during the sales and renewal process before conclusion of the contract and before any payment becomes due.

On settlement of your account, we will forward to you all documents showing ownership of your policy i.e. Motor Certificate & Disc and Policy Schedules. Where a series of transactions are involved, we will normally hold each document until the series is complete and then forward them to you.

We collect your personal details in order to provide the highest standard of service to you. We take great care with the information provided; taking steps to keep it secure and to ensure it is used only for legitimate purposes. To fulfil these objectives we may share information with other affiliated professionals. The information and other data provided to our office may be used to advise you of products and services we may offer from time to time. If you do not wish to receive this information please advise us accordingly.

You have the right at any time to request a copy of any ‘personal data’ within the meaning of the Data Protection Act 1988 (as amended or re-enacted from time to time) that our office holds about you and to have any inaccuracies in that information corrected.

We are members of the Investor Compensation Scheme established under Section 38 of the Investor Compensation Act 1998. The Act provides that compensation shall be paid to eligible investors (as defined in the Act) to the extent of 90% of an investor’s net loss or €20,000, whichever is the lesser and is recognised as being eligible for compensation. We are also members of the Irish Brokers Association (IBA) Compensation Fund. Subject to the rules of the scheme the liabilities of its members firms up to a maximum of €100,000 per client (or €250,000 in aggregate) may be discharged by the fund on its behalf if the member firm is unable to do so, where the above detailed Investor Compensation Scheme has failed to adequately compensate any client of the member. Further details are available on request.