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.

Our parent, China Re, maintains excellent ratings from A.M. Best, and Standard & Poor'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 & 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.

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.

Syndicate 2088 

From the 1st January 2020, we have placed Syndicate 2088 into run off; this follows the merging of Syndicate 2088 into Syndicate 1084 at the end of 2019.  All renewal business will be written through Syndicate 1084 for the 2020 Year of Account. 

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