Date: 30/07/2012

Markel further strenghtens professional liability division

Markel International, London, 30 July 2012 - Markel international has appointed Les Telford as a senior underwriter for UK and international professional indemnity within the professional liability division.

The division was recently strengthened by the appointments of Vittorio Bove and Patrizia Barattini, who are both focusing on Italian business. Les' appointment underlines Markel’s commitment to the professional sector and reinforces its expertise in professional indemnity coverage.

Reporting to Andy Palmer, Les has more than 30 years’ experience in insurance and has been responsible for underwriting a global professional indemnity account. His experience also includes senior broker positions with Aon, PYV Ltd, and HSBC. Most recently, Les worked as an underwriter for Brit Insurance.

Commenting, David Armes, managing director of the professional liability division, said: “We are delighted that Les has joined Markel and we look forward to expanding our professional indemnity business in the UK and overseas.”




For more information:

Markel International

Sean Martin

Tel: 020 7953 6896 Mobile: 07786 564855


Colleen Faughnan

Tel: 020 7953 6735



Cubitt Consulting

Michael Henman

Tel: 020 7367 5100


Notes to editors

Markel International is a subsidiary of Markel Corporation. Based in London and comprising the international operations of Markel Corporation, Markel International wrote gross premiums of $825 million in 2011. It has seven operating divisions and nine overseas offices writing business either through Markel Syndicate 3000 or Markel International Insurance Company Limited. Markel Corporation is a US listed business, capitalised at around $4.0 billion. In 2011, it wrote gross premiums of $2.3 billion. See