Lloyd’s of London to shut underwriting floors for first time in its history as a test of its coronavirus contingency plans
Lloyd’s of London will close four floors of its 12-storey Lime Street building
Lloyd’s of London will shut its underwriting floors for the first time in its history on Friday as a test of the 333-year-old insurance market’s coronavirus contingency plans.
The group said it will close four floors of its 12-storey Lime Street building in London – used by thousands of brokers and underwriters each day – from midnight to midnight to test its emergency trading protocols.
Lloyd’s will also take the opportunity to deep-clean the underwriting room and all public areas in the building.
It stressed the market would remain open as usual throughout the test, with the group instead putting into place emergency electronic trading measures.
Trading and negotiating that would normally take place on a face-to-face basis can be done by email, it added.
The group’s underwriting room is used by around 45,000 employees in the Lloyd’s of London market, with several thousand using it on any given day.