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Hiscox is one of the oldest, biggest and most successful of Lloyd’s insurance syndicates, claiming to underwrite ‘whatever the size and complexity of the risk’. It has insured the famous taxidermy walrus at the Horniman museum, a specimen so well-known it has its own Twitter account. ‘It’s the most unusual thing I’ve been asked to insure,’ Gurpreet Jolly laughs. ‘The artist mistakenly inflated the walrus to iron out the wrinkles.’ She began as a trader at JP Morgan, leaving banking after seven years to study art. She believes art collections may now start moving out of the UK. She’s doubtful whether Brexit will have much effect on the insurance market: but Hiscox is taking up a cautious position.

Gurpreet Jolly