About us

Markel Direct is a specialist online insurer providing cover for professionals, consultants, freelancers, charities and community groups.

We have over 25 years experience of insuring a wide range of professions, social welfare and charitable organisations and specialty and liability risks.

We are a division of Markel International, a Lloyd's and London market insurer that writes a diverse range of risks. In 2014 Markel International reported gross written premiums of £800m ($1.2bn).

Markel International is a subsidiary of US-based Markel Corporation, which has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1986. For the year ended December 31, 2014 Markel Corporation reported operating revenues of £3.5bn ($5.2bn).

Markel's promise to you

We aim to provide you with:

  • Clear, accurate and relevant information
  • A fair and reasonable service
  • Prompt responses to your requests
  • Sufficient information for you to make an informed choice as to whether our policies are suitable for your needs; without us offering personal opinions or making specific recommendations

Regulatory information

  • Markel Direct is a trading name of Markel (UK) Limited.
  • Markel (UK) Limited is a registered company (registered in England number 2430992), registered office: 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3AZ, with its main trading address at 2nd Floor, Verity House, 6 Canal Wharf, Leeds, LS11 5AS.
  • Markel (UK) Limited is an appointed representative of Markel International Insurance Company Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (FCA registered number 202570). The Financial Services Register can be accessed at www.fsa.gov.uk/register/home.do.
  • Markel (UK) Limited only places insurance policies with Markel International Insurance Company Limited.

Financial ratings

Financial ratings are an independent measure of an insurer's financial strength and ability to meet its obligations to policyholders. Further information on financial ratings are available from Fitch, AM Best and Standard and Poor's.

Ratings for Markel International Insurance Company Limited

Fitch A+
AM Best A
Standard and Poor's A

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