Standard Life looks to bring in public affairs support

Standard Life is seeking public affairs support as the insurance world faces up to fresh regulation.

Search: A competitive pitch process has begun at Standard Life’s HQ
Search: A competitive pitch process has begun at Standard Life’s HQ

The Edinburgh-based insurer is understood to be in the early stages of a competitive pitch process for a lobbying firm.

The firm currently uses DLA Piper, which has been on board for three years.

The threefold brief will cover public affairs in Brussels, London and Edinburgh, which is unchanged from the work that DLA Piper has been handling for the insurer.

DLA Piper replaced Lansons Communications in the UK and Kreab Gavin Anderson in Brussels.

The news comes as insurance providers such as Standard Life come under increasing scrutiny.

Drivers and homeowners are being hit with ‘exorbitant hidden fees’ for basic insurance policy changes and renewals, according to the consumer group Which?.

Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith has urged the new industry regulator, the Financial Conduct Auth-ority, to look at the charges.

Standard Life’s agency search is being led by head of public affairs Howard Davies, who joined in 2009 and was formerly senior public affairs manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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