More robust regulation and a lack of underwriting discipline are threatening re/insurers with a ‘new era of liability’ according to a Russell Group report

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Current risk mitigation practices in the global specialty insurance and reinsurance markets lack sophistication, a Russell Group report found. 

Practices fail to address the issue of how businesses might plan for and respond to a market-turning event, the report added.

Issued by the Russell Group, a risk modelling firm, the paper claimed previous major liability events, such as the asbestos crisis of the 1990s, are moving out of the collective memory.

Russell Group believes that re/insurers are not doing enough to address the complexity and dangers embedded within liability business.

“We need to build a more robust risk management framework that can be extended to insurance underwriting for new forms of liability risk,” the report stated.

It recommended a marriage of investment in new forms of liability modelling sponsored by C-suite buy-in, and data-led underwriting inputs from the bottom up.

These, the firm suggested, can benefit companies and help them identify vulnerabilities in their organisation.