Review: The art of high net worth


Ecclesiastical Insurance Group Art & Private Client policy

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Product: Art & Private Client policy

Underwriter: Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Commission Paid: Variable

Contact: Ben Popplestone, [email protected]

Coverage: High net worth home, contents, art and collections, travel, liabilities, trustees indemnity, legal expenses

Minimum premium: £2,000 (plus IPT)

Excess: Variable

Key benefits

▶ All risks basis of cover, plus additional covers, including business interruption, trustee indemnity and travel cover.

▶ Extended payment cover for buildings (including listed buildings), fine art and valuables. 

▶ Cover extensions include: temporary accommodation (up to £1m), environmental, loss prevention, trespassing and fly tipping, disability alterations, security upgrade, works in progress and up to 25% contents uplift for new acquisitions.

▶ Legal expense cover including inheritance disputes and education admission appeals.

▶ Flexibility to accommodate art or contents on a standalone basis.

▶ Cover for working from home and minor use of the home for business, such as gardens being open to the public.

▶ Home emergency helpline cover for making repairs.

▶ Flexible approach to underwriting and experienced team.


Marcus Rennick, of Lucas Fettes & Partners, comments: ”Ecclesiastical in relaunching their original Heritage Residential policy as Art & Private Client have sought to achieve two goals. Firstly there was a recognition that their wording was in need of an upgrade to compete with offerings from other high net worth insurers in this increasingly crowded marketplace and, secondly, Ecclesiastical were keen to emphasise the fact that their appetite includes modern and contemporary risks as well as heritage.

“The updated wording from Ecclesiastical represents a significant improvement over their earlier version and addresses a number of outdated aspects that existed previously, eg. a condition of average where buildings had not been valued and alternative accommodation cover limited to 25% of the buildings sum insured. The home emergency cover has been strengthened in a number of areas which, coupled with a flexible attitude on claims and thoughtful choice of appropriately skilled loss adjusters for the likely client profile, offers reassurance when claims arise.

“It should be pointed out that in one or two areas, where Ecclesiastical have sought to clarify cover scope, the cover has effectively been reduced, eg. bridges and culverts now have limits whereas they were previously covered up to the buildings sum insured.

“This niche insurer with traditional strengths in heritage and listed properties as well as fine art has succeeded in bringing its household product right up to date and should appeal to a wider broker following for their mid to high net worth clients.”

Overall rating *****

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