Who we are

Who we are

01About Chaucer

The roots of the Chaucer Group were established in 1922 when the agency Stewart and Hughman Ltd was formed to manage Lloyd’s syndicates. A series of realignments and acquisitions towards the end of the twentieth century saw Stewart & Hughman renamed Chaucer Syndicates.

Growth and consolidation continued in the early part of this century with a widening international presence, culminating in 2018 when we joined the China Re Group.

Through Lloyd’s Syndicate 1084, Syndicate 1176 for nuclear risks, and Chaucer Insurance Company for company markets, we offer brokers and clients an exceptional range of risk classes and cross-class cover flexibility. Our strong underwriting and claims expertise is consistently recognised by brokers and clients.

Headquartered in London, with international hubs in Copenhagen, Dubai, Miami, Dublin, Singapore, Sydney and Bermuda, we employ more than 500 people worldwide, including more than 120 specialist underwriters.

02A century of growth and success


Stewart & Hughman founded as a Lloyd’s managing agency.


Stewart & Hughman buys marine Syndicate 1084 and UK motor Syndicate 587.


Stewart & Hughman renamed Stewart Syndicates and buys non-marine Syndicate 1096.


Stewart Syndicates renamed Chaucer Syndicates.


Management buyout of Chaucer Syndicates completed.


Chaucer Syndicates quoted on London Stock Exchange following merger with Aberdeen Lloyd’s Insurance Trust.


Chaucer acquires Danish reinsurance operation, Chaucer Underwriting A/S.


Chaucer assumes the management of Nuclear Syndicate 1176.


Syndicates 587 and 1096 merge into Syndicate 1084.


Chaucer rebrands and relocates to 30 Fenchurch Street.

Chaucer Singapore opens.


Chaucer joins The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.


The Chaucer Foundation established.


Chaucer Miami opens.


ForwarderLink, an online system for cargo insurance cover for the freight industry launches.

Specialty partnership in Africa with AXA ASR launches.

Chaucer launches the Risk & Research Centre, in partnership with the University of Western Ontario and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction in Canada.


Chaucer Dublin opens.

Chaucer acquires SLE Worldwide Australia. 

Chaucer Dubai opens.

Chaucer establishes Thopas Re, a new reinsurance sidecar.


China Re completes the acquisition of Chaucer from The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. 


Chaucer becomes the managing agent for China Re's Syndicate 2088. 


Chaucer's Insurance Company in Ireland increases its capital to $100m to support ambitious growth plans.

Chaucer Bermuda opens.


Chaucer rebrands and moves its London HQ to 52 Lime Street.