Our business

Supporting business worldwide

Chaucer works with brokers, coverholders and clients to protect and support business activities around the world.

Strong Financial Security

Through Lloyd's, Chaucer Syndicates 1084 and 1176 offer clients strong financial security.

Every policy has the support of an A (excellent) rating from A.M. Best and an A+ (strong) from Standard & Poor’s and AA- (very strong) rating from Fitch.

Chaucer Insurance Company DAC in Ireland has an Standard & Poor's A- rating through The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

Our parent, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., maintains excellent ratings from A.M. Best, Standard & Poor's and Moody's. 

Syndicate 1084


Ed Lines

Ed Lines

Active Underwriter - Syndicate 1084

Ed was appointed Active Underwriter for Syndicate 1084 on 1 January 2017 and is responsible for the strategic development of the syndicate. Prior to that, he was responsible for the development of Chaucer’s Property Division and underwrote as part of the International Facultative Property Team. 

Chaucer Syndicate 1084 is the 11th largest syndicate at Lloyd’s of London. We write specialty aviation, casualty, energy, marine, political and property insurance and reinsurance (treaty) worldwide.

Our teams provide smart risk solutions for underwriting and claims, combining industry knowledge and insight with commercial judgement to provide a tailored approach, with a personal touch. 

We are a well-established aviation insurer and reinsurer with a worldwide account, renowned for our technical knowledge and willingness to consider non-standard risks like satellite launch. 

We are a recognised market leader in international energy markets, with clients in both traditional and renewable sectors. We also lead in emerging markets for political risk & trade credit and political violence, using our integrated underwriting and claims approach to offer a fully responsive service. 

Within casualty, we are a lead market in London for medical malpractice liability, working flexibly with healthcare institutions and practitioners to develop sophisticated risk solutions for an increasingly litigious marketplace around the world.

Our marine team is another established practice that continues to innovate, with the online ForwarderLink cargo cover solution just one example of recent developments.  

Within international property, we have increased our appetite for business, attracting an experienced leadership team to strengthen our presence and capability in this important market.

For treaty business, we deploy 10 specialist teams of international and US underwriters to offer clients leading cross class and service delivery expertise worldwide, based on our own independent view of risk.

In 2016, we partnered with AXA Africa Specialty Risks to write African specialty insurance business through Lloyd’s, offering clients the benefits of exceptional local service delivery with the specialised underwriting expertise in which London excels.  

Clients can gain access to the partnership directly through AXA ASR, which offers local reach through its extensive network of offices in Africa, notably Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast and South Africa, as the regional hub, or Chaucer, which is a market leader in African specialty insurance business, with a 12% share of Lloyd’s of London premiums written in the region.  For more information please click here to view our brochure. 

Syndicate 1176 


Michael Dawson

Michael Dawson

Active Underwriter - Syndicate 1176

Michael Dawson began his career at Lloyd’s in 1979 and joined Cox in 1986. In 1991 he formed and became the underwriter of specialist nuclear syndicate 1176 and was later appointed to the board of the company in 1994.  He is a director of Pool Reinsurance (Nuclear) Limited and is deputy chairman of the Management Committee of the Nuclear Risk Insurers Ltd (NRI). Since 2016 Michael holds a non-executive role to the holdings board of Lancashire.  He has served on the council of Lloyd's from 1998-2001 and on the Lloyd’s market board from 1998 to 2002. 

Syndicate 1176 is the world’s leading insurer of nuclear risk, protecting primarily against physical damage loss to civil nuclear power stations. It also offers nuclear liability coverage, as well as protection across the wider nuclear fuel cycle, with insurance involvement from raw uranium and nuclear fuel (including manufacturing facilities) to the shipment and storage of waste.

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