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KL was established in 1986 by our Lifetime President, Joe Kelliher, to offer a complete specialist insurance service to companies in the construction sector and associated industries.

The Group has since broadened to encompass sectors which reflect the core strengths of the group but allow us to diversify across a number of specialisms.  Our oldest specialisms include Construction, Professional Risks and Surety Bonds; our newest reflect the changing market for insurance broking, such as Capital Risk & Solutions, our unique HealthCARE insurance offerings and bespoke Environmental products.

During the early years, and under the brand of Kerry London Limited, we built a complete insurance offering in the small, medium and large construction sector – including Professional Risk Insurance, fleet & van insurance, Personal Lines and Surety Bonds – where clients sought the professional expertise on offer in our high quality, INDEPENDENT and client focused company.  This remains the core expertise of KL today and approximately a third of our clients are involved in some way in this sector.

Expansion of KL has been achieved both by organic – internally generated – growth, and by acquisition over the years 1990-2011.

It was a natural progression for our offices in Watford and Isleworth to expand the core offering to SME clients in the local area, whose needs mirrored those of the construction sector in terms of PI, van & fleet insurance, and Personal Lines for their directors and family.  This is the core of our Corporate & Commercial specialism, which has now developed fully into a comprehensive offering in this sector.

We are a market leader in the sole and small tradesman’s insurance though Trade Direct Limited.  Since 2005 the acquisition of Trade Direct has allowed us to extend our service to SME contractors and sole traders in the construction and maintenance sectors.  Trade Direct is arguably the most successful focused online insurance broker in the UK.

In 2008 KL acquired its Sport & Leisure team and this is now a successful core specialism for the group.  About the same time, and as a natural progression to organic growth and expansion of the full-service model, KL started its own Underwriting Agency, KLUA.

Our unique products in the Property Investors market have allowed us to work with some of the largest owners of property portfolios in the UK and ‘punch above our weight’ in this exciting area of the market. This is where our intelligent approach, and innovative thinking, have brought our clients a product that is both bespoke and value-enhancing.

In our new Risk and Capital Solutions we are focused on the area of the ‘risk map’ between the banking industry and the risk layers provided by the insurance sector, to create bespoke products that find the most efficient risk profile between the two.

Today, we have more than 150 staff based in strategically placed offices including our City branch, from which we place our business in the London markets and Lloyd’s, often through our own Reinsurance team.  We pride ourselves on being one of the largest and most influential INDEPENDENT insurance brokers in England.  Our vision and mission is to grow around our core specialisms.

2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the KL Group, and we made the significant decision to rebrand the company to better reflect the broader insurance product offering.

In May 2011, Kerry London Group and Kerry London Limited became known in the market by the initials ‘KL’ as part of this rebranding – this did not change the corporate entities, just the logo and corporate identity of the brand.

The original founder of KL, Joe Kelliher, is still active in the insurance market as our Lifetime President and greatest asset; his enthusiasm and drive will continue to shape the personality of KL in years to come.

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