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InsureInsight: Insurance Sector Trends 2024

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As 2024 dawns on the insurance industry with a sense of both opportunity and challenge, we delve into the key trends shaping the sector, analysing the forces driving change.
2023 brought a dynamic landscape that demanded adaptability and innovation. Ongoing geopolitical turmoil and economic disruption featured constantly throughout the year, testing the resilience of a market already heavily impacted by continued events in Ukraine and increasingly frequent natural catastrophe events. In addition, technological disruption, regulatory complexity and the need to address climate-related risks meant the industry faced a multitude of factors that demanded forward thinking strategies. That will continue to be the case into 2024, and leverage emerging opportunities will be crucial for driving sustainable growth and resilience in the year ahead.
In this report, our experts explore some of the key trends and themes we expect to influence the sector during this coming year. We hope that you find these insights helpful for the decisions you have to make in your own business.

InsureInsight: Insurance Sector Trends 2024

Key themes for 2024

  • Data protection and cyber security
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    Data protection and cyber security

    The heightened focus on data protection and cybersecurity underlines the need for robust measures to safeguard sensitive information and mitigate cyber threats. Regulatory compliance, such as GDPR, drives stricter data governance. Insurers are increasingly adopting more robust cybersecurity frameworks, encryption and secure cloud solutions to safeguard sensitive data. 

    The industry is exploring privacy-preserving techniques to balance data analytics with individual privacy, while addressing emerging risks related to cyber threats and ensuring transparent communication with policyholders about data usage and protection measures.
  • AI and the insurance sector
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    AI and the insurance sector

    Increased adoption of AI has brought profound transformation in traditional processes across underwriting, claims management, customer service and risk assessment, bringing enhanced efficiency and improved customer experience. However the industry is also faced with the need to ensure responsible and transparent AI deployment, addressing issues concerning data privacy and regulatory compliance. 

    As AI continues to permeate all parts of the sector, strategic integration of governance mechanisms is essential to harness the full potential of AI, while upholding ethical standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Regulatory horizon
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    Regulatory horizon

    In 2024, the regulatory landscape for the UK and EU insurance sector is marked by ongoing efforts to enhance consumer protection and strengthen market resilience. Both jurisdictions prioritise sustainable finance and climate-related disclosures, aligning with global ESG trends. The UK is navigating post-Brexit regulatory autonomy, meanwhile the EU continues to refine its Solvency II framework and explore digital innovation.

    Collaboration between regulators and industry stakeholders remains crucial for fostering stability and innovation, while ensuring compliance with evolving standards in this dynamic insurance landscape.
  • ESG
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    Increasing emphasis on ESG factors has compelled insurers to integrate sustainability considerations into their strategic planning, reflecting a broader commitment to ethical and responsible business practices. As insurers navigate these strategic considerations, proactive and adaptive approaches are needed to ensure resilience and sustainable growth in an increasingly dynamic industry landscape.

    DE&I requirements mean that insurers are prioritising the creation of inclusive workplaces that attract and retain diverse talent, and are recognising the benefits of varied perspectives and experiences in driving innovation and resilience.
  • Securing and retaining talent
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    Securing and retaining talent

    Retaining talent and fostering high-performing teams has gained prominence, primarily driven by the increasing emphasis on DE&I. Moreover, the prevalence of restrictive covenants and team moves within the industry has highlighted the significance of implementing robust talent retention strategies, including mentorship programmes, career development initiatives and competitive compensation packages. 

    The cultivation of a learning culture has emerged as a pivotal element in empowering employees to acquire new skills, adapt to evolving market dynamics and contribute to the long-term success of organisations.
  • Corporate crime
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    Corporate crime

    The persistent spectre of financial crime requires a proactive approach to combat fraud, bribery and corruption.

    Furthermore, the emergence of corporate criminal liability has prompted insurers to strengthen their governance and risk management frameworks to moderate legal and reputational risks.

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Sustainability commitments and ESG reporting

Navigating the ESG landscape in the insurance sector continues to demand high levels of integrity in public commitments and reporting, presenting some risks but also opportunities to build trust, resilience and sustainability. As the ESG narrative moves from strategy to action, we outline key considerations for insurers.
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What does 2024 hold for data protection claims and cyber risk?

In this article we examine the impact of recent case law on data protection compensation claims in 2024 and beyond, along with trends in cyber attacks and predict what this might mean for the year ahead.

If you would like to discuss any of the topics raised in this report further, please get in touch with the relevant team member or email us at InsureInsight@dwf.law and we will be delighted to engage in a further discussion or arrange follow up with you.