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Independent insurance broker expands into Cumbria

An independent insurance broking and risk management specialist is expanding into Cumbria. TL Dallas, which already has 11 UK offices, has appointed seasoned insurance professionals, Lynne Taylor and Emma Irving, who have 60 years combined industry experience, to head up the office. 

TL Dallas in Cumbria offers general commercial, corporate and agricultural business insurance and will be based on the Dovenby Hall Estate, near Cockermouth. 

Lynne began her insurance career at General Accident in Workington and worked in personal and commercial underwriting including claims. After a period as a commercial and farm underwriter at Provincial in Carlisle, Lynne was offered a position at C H Jeffries in Cockermouth 28 years ago. She became a broking manager for the firm’s three offices and latterly, for more than a decade, worked as an account executive across the commercial, corporate and agricultural sectors.  

Emma joined C H Jeffries 24 years ago, in the firm’s commercial business unit, which she helped develop into a substantial core part of the business. Emma then took on the team leader role, whilst also developing as an account executive, with her own book of commercial clients. 

C H Jeffries was the largest independent insurance broker in Cumbria before it was bought by Willis, which sold to Smart & Cook and was later bought by Bluefin.  A subsequent merged company with Jelf Insurance was then purchased by Marsh Commercial.

Emma said: “C H Jeffries was very customer focussed. When TL Dallas announced plans to expand into Cumbria, their core values instantly resonated with both Lynne and myself. 

“We have a diverse mix of businesses in Cumbria, and we believe that essentially Cumbrian businesses continue to want to work with people that they know and trust and prefer face to face contact. Of course, we use all the latest technological advancements to facilitate a personal service, genuine expertise and in-depth industry and local market knowledge. 

“We are looking forward to working with the rest of the TL Dallas team and can’t wait to welcome clients from Cumbria and beyond, as well as growing our team here.” 

Polly Staveley, managing director at TL Dallas, said: “Both Lynne and Emma have excellent industry reputations and they know the Cumbrian market inside and out. Their attention to detail, client focus and impressive industry expertise will appeal to clients keen to work with the pair, whilst also benefiting from our wider network and services.” 

TL Dallas is a fourth-generation family firm, owned by its management and staff that has been in business for more than 100 years. Renowned for its personal broking service and really getting to grips with its clients’ needs, TL Dallas strikes a balance between the most comprehensive and cost-effective policies. 

The company has a team of 145 and offers insurance services spanning commercial, personal, trade credit, books and collectables, farming and agricultural, specialist avian influenza (bird flu) and demolition contractor, as well as due diligence, risk management and independent financial services. TL Dallas also has an in-house claims consultancy division.