AS chairman of The Underwriting Exchange, sponsor of the National 1.40m Grand Prix League and joint-sponsor with Devenish of the senior Irish show jumping team, Stephen O’Connor has strong views on the insurance business in this country.

“The Underwriting Exchange is the leading Lloyd’s broker with regards placing Irish business into the London market with over €100 million of Irish business being placed by TUE and its sister company, LIME (London Ireland Market Exchange),” he explained as an opening to the topic.