TERMS OF BUSINESS – EFFECTIVE DATE 1st JANUARY 2017
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd, Market Square, Birr, County Offaly
TEL: (057) 912 0777 FAX: (057) 912 0700
EMAIL: email@example.com WEB: www.hooperdolan.ie COMPANY REGISTRATION NUMBER: 92916
This document sets out the basis on which Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd will provide business services to you as a client. It contains details of our regulatory and statutory obligations and the respective duties of both the firm and you in relation to such services. Please note that by proceeding with your Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurance quotation or policy you agree to the terms as laid out in this Terms of Business document. By agreeing to these Terms of Business you acknowledge that you have read and understand the information contained within your chosen quotation and/or policy.
Regulatory and Authorised Status
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland, registered under the European Communities (Insurance Mediation) Regulations, 2005 (as amended) and authorised as an Investment Business Firm under Section 10 of the Investment Intermediaries Act, 1995 (as amended). Our Central Bank Reference Number is C4527. The firm is also regulated by the National Consumer Agency as a Credit Intermediary and we can arrange premium finance for your personal or commercial insurance policies. As with all credit agreements, terms and conditions apply and we strongly advise that you read all documentation relating to such agreements before entering into same.
The firm is subject to the Central Bank of Ireland’s Consumer Protection Code, Fitness and Probity Standards and the Minimum Competency Code. These codes are available for inspection on the Central Bank of Ireland’s Website www.centralbank.ie
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd is part of the Hooper Dolan Group.
Compensation Schemes/Consumer Protection
Investor Compensation Company Ltd. (ICCL)
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd is a member of the investor compensation scheme established under the Investor Compensation Act, 1998 (“Act”). This legislation provides for the establishment of a compensation scheme and to the payment in certain circumstances, of compensation to clients of firms (known as eligible investors) covered by the Act. However, you should be aware that a right to compensation will only arise where client money or investment instruments held by the firm on your behalf cannot be returned either for the time being or in the foreseeable future, and where the client falls within the definition of eligible investor as contained in the Act. In the event that a right to compensation is established, the amount payable is 90% of the client’s loss, which is recognised as being eligible for compensation, up to a maximum of €20,000.
Irish Brokers Association (IBA) Compensation Fund
As a member of the IBA, Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd is also a member of the IBA Compensation Fund Ltd. Subject to the rules of the scheme the liabilities of its member firms, up to a maximum of €100,000 per client (€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 ICCL (established by law) has failed to adequately compensate any client of the member.
We will offer broad based advice on a fair analysis of available markets in relation to life and non-life insurance policies which will enable us to make a recommendation in accordance with accepted professional criteria. We will identify and select a suitable product producer and on receipt of your instructions we will transmit orders on your behalf to one or more product producers (a list of which is available on request).
We cannot guarantee the financial stability of the Insurance Companies with whom we place business, but once a premium is paid to us andyou have been provided with a Section 30 receipt these monies are deemed to be paid to the Insurance Company in question which gives comfort to our clients. We do not have any “tied” relationships with any institution that would compromise our ability to offer you independent advice and choice.
We do not guarantee nor make representations in regard to, and expressly disclaim responsibility for, the financial condition of insurers or product producers with which we place insurance. We will not indemnify clients in respect of the failure of any insureror product producer. Full policy terms and conditions are contained in your policy document, a duplicate of which is available at any time on request. Please see our Remuneration and Fees section. Do not assume cover is in effect until such cover is explicitly confirmed by Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd.
Instructions for Policy Amendments
Please note that where an instruction is transmitted to amend your policy via phone message, text, e-mail or fax, changes in cover are only operable provided they have been confirmed by Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd.
Optional Insurance Products or Additional Insurance Products
At the inception of a new policy or on a subsequent renewal we may offer you various optional insurance products or services such as legal protection or personal accident. Such optional covers or benefits will be clearly indicated to you as such and the cost will be shown separately on our documentation. If you wish to avail of these optional extras; covers or benefits please inform us or remit the appropriate premium. You do not have to purchase the optional products in order to purchase the insurance product.
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd reserves the right to request additional information that may be required in order to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering requirements of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 (as amended).
Your Duty of Disclosure
It is your responsibility to provide complete and accurate information for insurers when arranging an insurance policy, throughout the life of that policy and when you are renewing it. It is important that you ensure that all information provided, and all statements made on proposal forms, statements of fact, claim forms, and other documents are, to the best of your knowledge and belief, complete and accurate. Failure to disclose any material information to your insurers could invalidate your insurance cover and could mean that all or part of a claim will not be paid or your policy cancelled.
If you have any doubts as to whether any information is material it should be disclosed.
You, the customer, can cancel your policy by notice in writing at any time. Provided that all reasonable charges pertaining to costs incurred by Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd have been paid and provided that no incident giving rise to a claim or incident that might give rise to a claim has occurred in the current period of insurance, you may be entitled to a partial return of the premium for the un-expired period of insurance unless the policy is on a minimum and deposit basis, if this is the case, no return will be allowed on the policy and this will be noted on your policy schedule. If you cancel during the first year short term rates may apply and/or Insurers may charge a cancellation fee, please refer to policy terms and conditions. In the case of Motor Insurance you must return the Certificate of Insurance and Windscreen Disc to Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd. Insurance companies normally reserve the right to cancel policies at any time by giving appropriate notice to your last known address. Please refer to your policy terms and conditions.
Failure to Pay or Default
We reserve the right to cancel your policy in certain circumstances, for example, non-payment of premiums; bank returns your cheque due to insufficient funds or any other reason; direct debit default or misrepresentation/non-disclosure of relevant information. When your policy ends or is cancelled, we will provide you with any documentation and information you are entitled to on request. An administration fee may be charged to cover expenses in the event of a failure to pay or default.
It is essential that we are notified immediately of any claims or circumstances which could give rise to a claim. When you notify us, you must include all material facts concerning the claim. The policy wording will describe in detail the procedures and conditions in connection with making a claim. It should be noted that there is no cover for defence costs incurred without the insurer’s prior consent. The firm may recommend professional Loss Assessors to handle Property Insurance claims and, if such a Loss Assessor is appointed by the client, the client is responsible for the payment of the Loss Assessor’s fees. The firm may receive a referral fee when the recommended Loss Assessor handles the claim.
This firm has a written procedure in place for the effective consideration and handling of complaints. Any complaints should be addressed in writing to the Managing Director, Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd. Each complaint will be recorded and acknowledged in writing within 5 working days of receipt, updates will be advised in intervals of not more than 20 days and we will endeavour to resolve a complaint within 40 business days and findings will be furnished to you within 5 working days of completion of the investigation. In the event that you are not entirely satisfied with the firms handling of and response to your complaint, you have the right to refer your complaint to the Financial Services Ombudsman, 3rd Floor Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. Lo Call 1890 88 20 90.
Conflicts of Interest
It is our policy to avoid situations where there is a conflict of interest. However, where an unavoidable conflict may arise, we will advise you of this before proceeding to provide any business service. If you have not been advised of any such conflict, you are entitled to assume that none arises.
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd collects 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 that it is only used 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. 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 firm holds about you and to have any inaccuracies in the information corrected. Requests should be forwarded to the Compliance Officer, Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd with your details to request the information you require. A fee of €6.35 will apply. We would also like to keep you informed of other services provided by our Group with which we have a formal business arrangement and which we think may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive such marketing information or request that we do not share information within our Group, please tick here and return this Terms of Business to us confirming your name and address.
Call and Voice Recording
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd may record telephone calls, inbound and outbound, for regulatory, quality, training and verification purposes. All data captured by these facilities are managed in accordance with the Data Protection Acts.
Governing Law and Language
The laws of Ireland form the basis for establishing relations between you and Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd. All contracts, terms, conditions and communications relating to any policies or services you may enter into with the firm will be in English.
All quotations are valid for 7 days unless otherwise stated and all quotations and cover are subject to acceptance by the insurer concerned.
Cooling Off Period
A consumer has the right to withdraw from an insurance policy (as defined under SI No 853 of 2004) within 14 days of the start date of the policy (except in the case of travel policies whose operative period is for one month or less) without penalty and without giving any reason. This is known as the cooling off period. The right of withdrawal may be exercised by notice in writing to Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd quoting your policy number provided that no claim or adjustment has been made or is intended to be made or no incident has occurred which is likely to give rise to a claim or for travel policies. Should this right be exercised the insurance company may charge for the period you are on cover. For motor insurance the Certificate of Insurance and Windscreen Disc must be received by Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd before the policy can be cancelled. Please note that the policy set-up charge is non-refundable if you choose to withdraw from the policy within the cooling off period.
Handling Clients’ Money/Receipts
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd will accept payments by cash, cheque, electronic funds transfer, laser and credit card in respect of all classes of insurance in the circumstances permitted under Section 25G of the Investment Intermediaries Act, 1995. We cannot accept cash or negotiable instruments in any other circumstances. For certain Insurance and Investment Products, we may request that all payments are made payable to the provider of the product in question. A Section 30 receipt will be issued for all payments received and should be retained by you in a safe place. Under the Central Bank’s Consumer Protection Code strict rules apply in relation to payment of premiums to product producers. We will not be able to pay premiums to product producers for a client where the premiums have not been received by the firm. Therefore, to avoid policy cancellation, premiums must be paid strictly within credit terms. Clients must pay at inception of a contract or on or before renewal date or as invoiced in the case of mid-term alterations. Insurance companies may cancel cover where a client fails to meet their obligations in relation to payment terms and conditions.
Remuneration and Fees
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd may be remunerated by a professional fee for the initial work activity and time spent in seeking the best terms, advice, product and product producer for your specific needs. An administration fee is also charged for the activity involved in the renewal of the policy and also for any alterations that take place during and at termination of the policy. We are usually remunerated by commission received from the product producers for the work involved in placing an order and finalising the product with them on your behalf. The range of commission payable varies depending on the class of business being placed. Some product producers do not pay any commission. A Compliance charge may apply and is detailed in the overall amount due. Our fees/charges will be communicated to you in advance of new business, renewal and mid-term alteration stage and will be clearly set out in our documentation issued to you. Services can be provided solely on a fee basis if the client so wishes, so that no commission will be taken from the premium charged by the product producer. All premiums are subject to a 5% Government Levy, where applicable.
Scale of Fees
Class of Business
Policy Alterations / Cancellation Fee
Private Motor and Light Commercial Vehicles
Up to a maximum of €500
Up to a maximum of €500
Up to a maximum of €500
Household, Travel, Caravan, Boat and all other Personal Lines Insurance
Up to a maximum of €500
Up to a maximum of €500
Up to a maximum of €500
Up to a maximum of 100% of the premium
Up to a maximum of 100% of the premium
Up to a maximum of €5,000
A fee of up to €75 may be charged for the provision of duplicate documentation.
Gorman Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd enjoys volume and profitability arrangements with some product producers that enable the firm to offer preferential rates for some classes of business.
Life / Pensions / Investments: Services can be provided on a fee only basis or on a commission basis if desired. Our fees are calculated on the basis of the degree of skill involved and the time spent on your affairs. The hourly rate is €250 for Advisory Consultants and €100 for administration support. We may receive commissions as a result of effecting contracts on your behalf and these are outlined in the Customer Information Notice, where applicable.
Premium Finance Charges: Where premiums are financed by Insurers, Close Premium Finance, Premium Credit Finance or other finance lenders, details of interest rate and all charges will be separately provided in the credit agreement at inception. We may receive a commission from finance companies in respect of credit agreements up to 5% of the annual premium. Should there be a default of a direct debit payment, we will charge a fee for recovery of the defaulted payment of up to €25. In the event that the loan is to be reinstated following a default, a charge of up to €40 will be applied.
Credit Card Charges: Where payment is made by credit card we incur a charge from the credit card company and we may pass on to you a charge of up to 3% of the amount being paid. Full details will be provided at the time of your transaction. Payments by debit card do not incur any additional charge.
Direct Debit Administration Fee: An administration fee of €10 applies for the set-up of scheduled direct debit payments.
Supplementary Charges: Should a particular project or circumstance require us to charge any additional fees, they will be specifically advised in advance. The calculation of such charges will be based on various factors such as, though not limited to the complexity of matters under consideration, any commission payable (including none) by Insurers, time spent, qualification levels and numbers of personnel involved.
Please note that some insurance companies may collect our administration charge on our behalf for direct debit policies.
We reserve the right to amend these fees should the complexity of the product/service require a higher fee or in the event that the product/service provided is not remunerated by a product producer in the usual way. In such circumstances we will confirm and agree the fee with you at the time of providing the service. Details of all the remuneration, fees, commissions and arrangements listed above are available upon request.