What is Lloyd's?
Unlike many other insurance brands, Lloyd's is not a company; it's a market where our members join together as syndicates to insure risk.
Much of Lloyd’s business works by subscription, where more than one syndicate takes a share of the same risk. Business is conducted face-to-face between brokers and underwriters in the Underwriting Room.
When we talk of Lloyd’s, we’re really referring to two distinct parts. The market, which is made up of many independent businesses, and the Corporation of Lloyd’s, which is there – broadly speaking – to oversee that market. These parts are distinct, but far from independent. Both work closely to maintain high standards of performance across the market.
The following pages will give you an insight into the unique way in which Lloyd’s is structured, the role of the market and The Corporation, and the different departments (directorates) that make up Lloyd’s.