Who we are

We are a leading specialty insurance group providing clients with proven smart risk solutions for underwriting and claims.

Our enterprising and trusted experts offer market-leading cross class capabilities, empowered decision-making and a tailored approach.

Leading business in major classes

We are established and trusted leaders in all major insurance and reinsurance classes, underwriting across international marine and non-marine markets through Syndicate 1084, and Syndicate 1176, a market-leading insurer of nuclear risk.

Global reach

With our headquarters in London, and our international hubs for Europe, Latin America and Asia, we protect clients in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Supported by The Hanover

Our clients also benefit from the commitment of our parent company, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. one of the largest insurance businesses in the United States. The Hanover provides standard and specialised insurance protection for small and medium sized businesses, as well as for homes, automobiles, and other personal items, through a select group of agents and brokers.

With $5.8 billion of gross written premiums and shareholder equity of $3.0 billion in 2017, The Hanover provides Chaucer with a strong financial foundation.

A rich heritage

We can trace our underwriting roots back to modest beginnings in 1922. And today, our future focus confidently builds on over 95 years of experience.

1922

Stewart & Hughman founded as a Lloyd’s managing agency

1993

Stewart & Hughman buys marine Syndicate 1084 and UK motor Syndicate 587

1994

Stewart & Hughman renamed Stewart Syndicates and buys non-marine Syndicate 1096

Stewart & Hughman

1996

Stewart Syndicates renamed Chaucer Syndicates

1997

Management buyout of Chaucer Syndicates completed

1998

Chaucer Syndicates quoted on London Stock Exchange following merger with Aberdeen Lloyd’s Insurance Trust

Chaucer Syndicates

1999

Chaucer acquires Danish reinsurance operation, Chaucer Underwriting A/S

Danish reinsurance operation

2002

Chaucer assumes the management of Nuclear Syndicate 1176

2004

Syndicates 587 and 1096 merge into Syndicate 1084

2007

Chaucer rebrands and relocates to Plantation Place

Chaucer

Chaucer Singapore opens

Singapore

2011

Chaucer joins The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

2013

The Chaucer Foundation established

The Chaucer Foundation

2015

Chaucer Miami opens

Miami

2016

ForwarderLink, an online system for cargo insurance cover for the freight industry launches

ForwarderLink

Specialty partnership in Africa with AXA ASR launches

AXA ASR

Chaucer launches the Risk & Research Centre, in partnership with the University of Western Ontario and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction in Canada.

The Chaucer Risk & Research Centre

2017

Chaucer Dublin opens 

Dublin

 Chaucer acquires SLE Worldwide Australia 

SLE Worldwide Australia

Chaucer MENA opens

Camels on the beach

Chaucer establishes Thopas Re,  a new reinsurance sidecar

Thopas Re

2018

The Hanover enters into a definitive agreement to sell Chaucer to China Re, subject to the completion of all legal and regulatory approvals. 

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