11th September 2020

Aston Lark announces Brunel Professions as latest acquisition

By Aston Lark
Brunel Professions

Just one month after the last acquisition announcement, Aston Lark, the Chartered insurance broker backed by Goldman Sachs, has today announced the acquisition of Lloyd’s Broker, Brunel Professions.

Brunel Professions was established in 2005 and is one of the UK’s fastest growing and largest specialist Professional Indemnity Insurance Brokers. Acting for over 7,000 professional clients, they employ around 85 staff and have four UK offices, in Bristol, London, Manchester and Perth. As Lloyd’s Brokers, they have access to the world’s leading insurance markets allowing them to offer clients an extensive insurance solution. Specialising in PII, D&O and Cyber Insurance, they also provide an in-house specialist claims handling and risk management service. Their goal is to deliver fast, reassuring and informed client service, tailored to the individual needs of a client’s business.

Peter Blanc, Aston Lark Group CEO, said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Brunel Professions to the Aston Lark family, and very much looking forward to working with Dylan and the team. Brunel Professions is one of the leading Professional Indemnity brokers in the UK with a truly impressive track record of growth. This acquisition brings an exciting new dimension to Aston Lark’s current business and strengthens our London Market and Specialty capability, as well as brings new regional offices into the group in Manchester, Bristol and Perth. We will look to support the Brunel team as they continue their growth in the fast-moving Professional Indemnity market.”

Russell Lane, Brunel Professions CEO, added: “Having started Brunel Professions over 15 years ago, it has been an incredible journey and one which would not have been possible without the support of the senior management team, colleagues both current and past, insurers and long-standing client support. The business has been hugely successful over many years, and the memories will live long in the memory bank.

“It was very refreshing listening to Aston Lark and their future plans, and from the moment I met with Peter and Stuart I knew it was a perfect fit. The businesses share similar beliefs in how clients should be serviced, and I am looking forward to watching from outside of the camp, the future success of Brunel Professions. I have no doubt under the safe stewardship of Dylan and Aston Lark, the future is bright, and the business will go from strength to strength.”

Dylan Hughes, Brunel Professions MD, said: “I am delighted to be teaming up with Aston Lark and confident in our strategic decision to drive our business forward. Brunel has had an incredible 15-year journey. The thriving business we are today has been made possible through the hard work of excellent staff and support received from senior management, our markets and clients. I believe joining the Aston Lark group will be a great fit for Brunel and will only serve to make our future journey even more successful.”