Globelink International Travel Insurance Consultants Limited of 84 Cannon Street, Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2SS is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Our FSA Register number is 300144. You can check this on the FSA’s Register by visiting the FSA’s website http://www.fsa.gov.uk/register/home.do or by contacting the FSA on 0845 606 1234.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is the independent watchdog that regulates financial services. It requires us to give you this document. Use this information to decide if our services are right for you.
You will not receive advice or a recommendation from us. We may ask some questions to narrow down the selection of products that we will provide details on. You will then need to make your own choice about how to proceed. We aim to treat our customers fairly at all times. If you are unsure about any aspect of our Terms of Business or have any questions regarding our relationship with you, please contact us.
Following an analysis of the market, we use a limited number of insurers who are best suited to our requirements. We are not obliged to conduct business in this manner, but do so in the best interest of our clients. No insurer owns any of our share capital.
Your policy documents will usually be delivered to you by email and these should be printed out and carried with you whilst you are travelling. You may also request that these be sent to you by post. Our aim is to provide all correspondence in a simple and understandable format. It is important that you read all insurance documents issued to you and ensure that you are aware of the cover, limits, claim procedure and other terms that apply. Particular attention must be paid to any warranties and conditions as failure to comply with them could invalidate your policy. In the event of any remaining areas of uncertainty, please contact us. Our staff are always happy to clarify the cover provided as we want to make it easy for you to do business with us.
Globelink International recommend that clients retain all relevant paperwork to their insurance, as this may be useful for future reference.
We provide our clients with a quotation before insurance arrangements are concluded. This will tell you the total price inclusive of any fees, taxes or charges. An administrative charge may be applied to adjustments made after commencement of cover.
Insurers have appointed us on a “Risk Transfer” basis to act as their agents in collecting premiums and handling refunds due to clients. In these circumstances such monies are deemed to be held by the insurer(s) with whom your insurance is arranged.
Remuneration and other Earnings
We receive remuneration for our services in a number of ways, usually by receiving a percentage of the insurance premium. We may also earn interest in the processing and collection of premiums and any such interest is to the account of Globelink International.
Cancellation of insurance and refunds
If the insurance does not meet with your requirements, you may return the documents to us within 14 days of purchase, or prior to travel if this is sooner (if this is a travel insurance policy), and provided no claims have been made a refund will be given after deduction of appropriate administrative charges. No refund is given for cancellation after this period, nor is any refund given for early return.
Conflict of interests
Occasions may arise where we, one of our associated companies, clients, or insurers may have a potential conflict of interest with business being transacted for you. If this happens, and we become aware that a potential conflict exists, we will write to you and obtain your consent before we carry out your instructions and will detail the steps we will take to ensure fair treatment.
All information provided by our clients is considered to be confidential and is only disclosed in the normal course of negotiation and maintenance of insurance transactions undertaken on their behalf. Globelink International will not release information to any other party without the prior consent of the client except in exceptional circumstances. For example, information requested by a court of competent jurisdiction, a regulatory body or information which is already in the public domain.
Use of Personal data
Subject to certain exceptions, you will be entitled to have access to your personal and sensitive personal data for which you will be charged a fee of £10. If at any time you wish us, or any company associated with us, to cease possessing any of the personal data we hold, or to cease contacting you about products and services, please write to our Compliance Officer.
The use of other parties
In the course of our business we may invite other FSA authorised brokers to quote competitively on the insurance of our clients, but only where it is deemed to be in the client’s interest.
Whilst we are happy to provide general information, Globelink International do not administer claims. It is therefore essential that you follow the claims procedure and contact the Claims Department without delay, directly at the telephone number detailed in your policy document
In the event that our service does not meet your expectations, we ask you to make a complaint to us by contacting our Compliance Officer, either by phone or in writing. We will acknowledge your complaint promptly, explain how we will handle it, and tell you what you need to do. We will keep you informed of the progress of your complaint.
If you wish to register a complaint, please contact us in writing at:
Globelink International Travel Insurance Consultants Ltd..
84 Cannon Street, Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2SS
Or by Telephone on: 01353 699082.
We will handle your complaint fairly and as part of our Quality Procedures, we will use it to maintain and improve our service.
Should you remain dissatisfied you may have the right to refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) or to an Approved Dispute Resolution Facility.
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Globelink International contribute to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which may entitle you to compensation if we cannot meet our liabilities.
Utmost good faith and duty of disclosure
The law imposes onerous duties upon anyone entering into an insurance contract and anyone acting on his behalf. For example the proposer has a duty to disclose all facts or circumstances that may influence the underwriter in deciding whether to accept the insurance, impose special terms, or charge an increased premium. This duty arises not only at inception of the contract, but also at renewal or in the event of any material change in the risk during the period of insurance. Similarly the duty also applies to the submission and substantiation of all claims. This information must always be disclosed to insurers.
A proposal or claim form, or any other document or method of application must be answered fully and accurately. The provision and documentation of this information is the sole responsibility of the insured.
Ending your relationship with us
Subject to your immediate settlement of any outstanding premiums and fees, you may instruct us to stop acting for you and we will not impose any penalty. Your instructions must be given in writing and will take effect for the date of receipt.
In circumstances where we feel we cannot continue providing services to you, we will give you a minimum of 7 days notice.
Unless otherwise agreed in writing, if our relationship ends, any transactions previously initiated will be completed according to these Terms of Business. You will be liable to pay for any transactions concluded prior to the end of our relationship and we will be entitled to retain commission received for conducting these transactions, together with all fees charged by us for our services.