About us

As an entrepreneurial and lean business we have greater flexibility than most to offer innovative and creative solutions.

Welcome to Dale Underwriting Partners, an independent, high quality underwriting business operating through Lloyd’s Syndicate 1729. Founded by Duncan Dale in 2014, we are a specialist provider of insurance and reinsurance lines across six core classes of business. In 2024, Dale expects to write Gross Written Premium of £540m of income across its two distribution platforms:

  • Lloyd’s Syndicate 1729 with GWP of £390m; and
  • Our joint venture established in 2021, Dale Dual MGU Limited with GWP of £150m.

Our people are central to our success. Led by Duncan Dale, and a team of highly experienced underwriters with successful track records supported by our line-up of subject matter experts across a wide range of functions,  Dale is committed to providing a first-class underwriting service to brokers and clients around the world.

As an entrepreneurial and lean business, we have greater flexibility than most to offer an innovative and bespoke client-experience, as well as the ability to cross-sell across lines of business. We seek mutually beneficial relationships over a long period of time, appreciating that consistency of approach and transparency of message are more valuable assets than short term grasps at profit.

“We are proud to be London based, drawing on the strengths of the city in terms of access to talent and are dedicated to the Lloyd’s broker distribution channel.”

Our Lloyd’s Managing Agency, Dale Managing Agency Limited, established in October 2022, holds us to the highest standards of service and governance and enables us to remain diversified in our approach to providing leadership, creative solutions and expertise across our core business lines.

On the Lloyd’s platform, the syndicate benefits from the financial strength, security and stability of the Lloyd’s market to meet our ongoing insurance policy and contractual obligations. Lloyd’s currently enjoys an “A” rating from A.M. Best and “A+” ratings from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s. www.lloyds.com

Key Facts

  • London based and dedicated to the Lloyd’s Broker distribution channel.
  • Leading underwriting, claims and operational expertise.
  • Focussed on 6 core classes.
  • A joint venture, Dale DUAL MGU Limited, with high quality carrier support from within and outside of Lloyd’s was established in 2021.
  • Dale Managing Agency Limited at lloyd’s was approved to operate from 1st October 2022.
  • A strong and diverse corporate and private capital base support both the Syndicate and DDML.
  • The Syndicate has access to Lloyd’s licenses worldwide and its ratings; “A” from A.M. Best and “A+” from Fitch and Standard and Poor’s.

Market Committees

Our commitment to the Lloyd’s and London Market is matched by the dedication of our staff to various market committees, contributing their time, expertise and experience to help drive market improvement and influence its future strategy and direction.

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Business Focus

Casualty – insurance and reinsurance, including healthcare professional liability, general liability, professional lines, management liability, workers compensation and automobile liability, written on a treaty reinsurance and direct basis, open market and through binding authorities.

Predominantly US domiciled except healthcare professional liability which is written in many countries of the world.

Property Insurance – Worldwide open market and binding authority business for predominantly commercial property. Also includes transportation portfolio – FTC/MTC, garage liability and DOL.

Property Reinsurance – Worldwide Catastrophe XL, Per Risk XL, Terrorism and Agriculture.


Marine Reinsurance – Upstream Energy REC/DEC-friendly exposures and selected Political Violence & Terrorism (PVT) Reinsurance risks. London Market (LMX) and Foreign Market (FMX) business with the latter focused on business in the USA, Scandinavia, Europe and Australasia.

Energy – Physical Damage, construction, control of well, business interruption/loss of production income, renewable energy and associated liabilities written on direct facultative basis.

Special Risks Insurance – Contingency, Sports Personal Accident business and Accident and Health business. Written on an open market basis, through market facilities and binding authorities.

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