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A story of innovation.

CLS was started when a couple from Warwickshire got caught out by a 16th century law and had to pay hundreds of thousand of pounds for a chancel repair bill.

Matt Lebreton, a property solicitor, saw the need to protect property owners around the country from parochial claims against them.

After painstakingly digitising property microfiches, Matt enabled people to search for whether a property carried any liability for chancel repairs.

He also offered legal indemnity cover, creating the first chancel insurance policy.

CLS grew from that one innovation. But didn’t stop innovating. Approaching their research with a legal mindset, CLS looked closely at the property development market. They gained an in-depth understanding of the road blocks and risks developers and funders faced. In the process they discovered that there were multiple risks for which there were no fit-for-purpose solutions.

Key contacts

Rob Best
Rob Best UK Managing Director Email Rob

Rob joined the UK team as Managing Director in December 2019. By engaging with our capacity providers and partnering brokers, he’ll be responsible for leading our UK team through its next phase of growth and success.

He’s worked in the insurance market for over 35 years, leading the Casualty and Environmental businesses of JLT, AJ Gallagher and WTW.

Outside of work, Rob spends time with the family and obsesses over Rugby. Sadly, for him (but luckily for us), he never quite had the ability to go pro.

Dean Bedford
Dean Bedford Underwriting Director Email Dean

Dean leads our innovative team of underwriters across five of our key product areas, solving complex property development problems for our clients.

He started his career as a Licensed Conveyancer and then found his calling three years later in insurance. He’s now got over 13 years of experience in the industry.

When Dean isn’t spending time entertaining his four children, you’ll probably find him on the golf course. He’s even captained the CLS Ryder Cup European Team.

Phil Jarvis
Phil Jarvis Underwriting Manager Email Phil

Phil guides our underwriting team with his highly technical knowledge.

He helps clients cover risks during the development and transaction of real estate, renewable energy and infrastructure projects.

He began his career with us 7 years ago and rapidly progressed through our senior underwriting roles.

Phil loves to travel. So if he isn’t watching his beloved West Ham, he’ll be planning his next trip away to a far-off, exotic land.

Pam Tierney
Pam Tierney Operations Director Email Pam

Pam keeps the business running smoothly with efficient organisational processes, putting in place strategies and technology solutions within business guidelines and compliance to achieve growth and profitability.

Pam loves long walks, either with her dog JackJack, or carrying a bunch of sticks in a bag chasing a white ball.

Jim Connolly
Jim Connolly Strategic Development Director Email Jim

Jim Connolly leads the near and long-term strategic planning and execution for the CLS Risk Solutions business.

Jim is an insurance specialist in the property sector having held broking, underwriting and risk management roles. He has managed the two largest property company portfolios in the UK – Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group – and also played a key role in establishing two niche construction-led MGAs.

He used to play cricket to quite a good standard. While travelling in India, he terrified some locals with his fast bowling. Nowadays he finds his speed kicks skiing in the Alps.

Michael Grimwood
Michael Grimwood Business Development Manager Email Michael

Michael engages with brokers, property developers and funders to promote our suite of solutions and grow the business in the UK. He’s previously worked for Zurich, AXA, and LV, and has over 10 years of experience in the real estate insurance market.

Property’s long been a professional passion of his and joining CLSRS has given him a renewed inspiration for learning.

Michael is car fanatic – anything with an engine has got his attention. However, he’s proudly welcomed his first child, so the classic collection might have to go on hold for now.

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