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April 2018

IMA wins Housing Transfer Environmental Insurance Tender Contract

A long-time client has appointed IMA to design and tender a non-standard environmental insurance structure to provide insurance cover for the client for a portion of their portfolio for the next ten years, taking account of an existing insurance policy that expires during that period.

March 2018

IMA secures a settlement agreement for a client council to resolve a significant element of its liability under the housing transfer asbestos indemnity.

December 2017

Happy Christmas & New Year to all our customers

November 2017

IMA undertakes for an existing client, d etailed forensic analysis of a housing association's claim under the housing transfer asbestos indemnity.

September 2017

IMA explores the environmental insurance market for a non-standard environmental insurance solution to meet a unique set of circumstances.

July 2017

IMA continues to tackle housing transfer asbestos indemnity claims against a client council and in this instance related to s20 cost recovery from long term private leaseholders where a housing association is the freehold landlord.

June 2017

IMA concludes a long-term environmental insurance tender with the successful placing or a new insurance policy to run until the housing transfer environmental warranties.

 

May 2017

IMA negotiates and restores an existing environmental insurance policy to 10 years, reducing the uninsured warranty period in the previous Housing Transfer.

IMA supports a long-term client Council in the continuing to challenge the validity of costs in an housing transfer asbestos indemnity claim. The initial claim was accepted a number of years previously (having been reduced by over a third thanks to IMA's involvement), but each year there is a subsequent claim for the preceding 12 months – which again needs to be checked, audited, and challenged to ensure that public money is responsibly being expended.

April 2017

Our 15 th Anniversary since setting up in 2002 – still standing after all these years!

IMA provides a report to a Council on the flaws and gaps in a housing transfer housing association's prospective multi-million pound claim under the Housing Transfer Asbestos Indemnity – significantly reducing the claim and putting back the triggering of the Council's liability to such a claim by a number of years.

March 20017

IMA negotiates and restores an existing environmental insurance policy to 10 years, reducing the uninsured warranty period in the previous Housing Transfer.

January 2017

IMA negotiates and restores an existing environmental insurance policy to 10 years, reducing the uninsured warranty period in the previous Housing Transfer.

December 2016

IMA is commissioned to negotiate and restore an existing environmental insurance policy to 10 years, reducing the uninsured warranty period in the previous Housing Transfer.

November 2016

IMA is commissioned by a Council to run a new housing transfer environmental insurance tender to provide informed options for the Council to decide whether to put a new insurance policy in place or take the risk onto its own books for the remaining uninsured environmental warranty period.

October 2016

IMA is commissioned to negotiate and restore an existing environmental insurance policy to 10 years, reducing the uninsured warranty period in the previous Housing Transfer.

September 2016

IMA supports a long-term client Council in the continuing to challenge the validity of costs in an housing transfer asbestos indemnity claim – providing support in challenging in principle whether a particular type of potentially significant costs come within the asbestos indemnity, and for which the Council would be liable.

August 2016

I Martin Associates advising a council on a new multi-million asbestos indemnity claim.

July 2016

IMA places new 10 year environmental insurance, having tendered the contract via both “OJEU” and “Contracts Finder” and negotiating the ever evolving Public Procurement Regulations.

IMA negotiates restoring existing insurance policy to a 10 year insurance policy period.

June 2016

I Martin Associates wins a new Housing Transfer Insurance renewal contract. IMA was instrumental in assisting the council 10 years ago at the time of the original housing transfer, and now has been awarded the contract for negotiating the environmental insurance policy through to the end of the original environmental warranties.

May 2016

Another asbestos claim against a council's Housing Transfer Environmental Insurance Policy.

 

March 2016

I Martin Associates wins a new Housing Transfer Insurance renewal tender contract. IMA was instrumental in assisting the council 10 years ago at the time of the original housing transfer, and now has been awarded the contract for tendering the successor environmental insurance policy.

February 2016

Another asbestos claim against a council's Housing Transfer Environmental Insurance Policy. These claims just keep on coming.

 

November 2015

Housing Transfer Insurance Extension

IMA successfully negotiated the further extension of an existing housing transfer environmental insurance policy.

 

November 2015

Environmental Warranty Claim

IMA is working with a council that it advised at the time of its housing transfer. In this case IMA is advising on the continuing compliance and the environmental risk and liability implications of environmental warranty claim brought by the housing association against the council.

 

October 2015

Peterborough City Council – New Housing Transfer Environmental Insurance

IMA successfully put in place a new environmental insurance policy. This is a successor insurance policy to that put in place at the time of the original housing transfer in 2004, as part of the environmental risk management strategy for the housing transfer.

 

September 2015

Asbestos Indemnity Claim Management

IMA is working with a council that it advised at the time of its housing transfer. In this case IMA is advising on the continuing compliance and the environmental risk and liability implications of asbestos indemnity claim brought against the council.

 

August 2015

Housing Transfer

IMA undertakes Environmental Insurance Market Review via “OJEU” – the first OJEU tender that IMA has managed since the introduction of the new Public Contracts Regulations were introduced earlier this year. Many insurance companies invited to tender – always seeking to increase the number of available markets.

 

July 2015

Asbestos Indemnity Claim Management

IMA is working with a council that it advised at the time of its housing transfer. In this case IMA is advising on the compliance and the implications of asbestos indemnity claim brought against the council.

 

June 2015

Housing Transfer Successor Environmental Insurance Tender

IMA appointed to design and manage the tender for a successor Housing Transfer Insurance Policy. The council was advised by IMA at the time of the original housing transfer when the first environmental insurance policy was put in place as part of the council's environmental risk management plan. That insurance policy expires in 2015 and a successor policy is required.

 

May 2015

Housing Association Merger

IMA advises a housing association client on the implications for its environmental risk management of a forthcoming merger with another association.

 

April 2015

Asbestos Indemnity Mediation

IMA plays a major role in the successful conclusion of a negotiation and mediation of a major asbestos indemnity claim brought by a housing transfer housing association against the transferring council. IMA advised the council at the time of transfer including on the asbestos indemnity and worked with the council to address the asbestos indemnity claim brought by the housing association.

 

March 2015

Gloucester City Council Housing Transfer

IMA successfully put in place an environmental risk management strategy for a housing transfer, including the placement of a significant environmental insurance policy.

 

February 2015

Housing Transfer Environmental Insurance Renewal

IMA successfully negotiated the further extension of an existing housing transfer environmental insurance policy.

January 2015

Happy New Year– 2014 was a great year – here’s to a successful and prosperous 2015 to all our customers and business partners

December 2014

Housing Transfer
IMA undertakes Environmental Insurance Market Review via “OJEU” – 13 insurance companies invited to tender – always seeking to increase the number of available markets.

November 2014

Asbestos Claim Mediation
IMA preparing a council for going to mediation over a housing association’s asbestos indemnity claim, working closely with a leading environmental lawyer.

Housing transfer insurance extended for an existing client.

Housing transfer environmental insurance market review undertaken by IMA through the OJEU.

October 2014

IMA wins a 2nd major housing transfer environmental risk management contract for a council seeking to achieve the transfer of its housing by the end of March 2015. This means that IMA has now been selected by two of the three councils seeking to transfer by 31st March 2015.

IMA secures contract to extend an expiring housing transfer environmental liability insurance for a council IMA advised on the original insurance 10 years ago.

September 2014

IMA manages the procurement of environmental consultants to undertake a housing transfer environmental Phase 1 survey.
IMA wins a major housing transfer environmental risk management contract for a council seeking to achieve its housing transfer by the end of March 2015.

August 2014
Discussions with insurer re various environmental warranty insurance claims that we are currently managing together


July 2014
Development of alternative housing transfer insurance options for councils to extend their policies to reflect the warranties entered into at the time of transfer.


June 2014
Further environmental warranty insurance claim received and submitted to insurer


May 2014
Asbestos indemnity analysis and negotiation in support of a council we worked with on their housing transfer a number of years previously.


March 2014
Major restructuring of housing transfer insurance for large housing association involving four different insurers

December 2013
Solar-Panel Farm Insurance
A council considering a solar-panel “farm” project needed insurance to protect the site against possible theft and or malicious damage – although they were sceptical such insurance could be obtained. Through our knowledge of the various elements of the environmental insurance market we were able to establish such insurance was available and the project could proceed to the next stage.


November 2013
Environmental Insurance – Rutland County Council


October 2013
Environmental Insurance – Aylesbury Vale District Council


July 2013
Housing Transfer Asbestos Indemnity Claim
Every Housing Transfer Agreement has an Asbestos Indemnity – where the transferring council indemnifies the Housing Association for costs associated with asbestos works at the transferred properties, above the previously agreed level in the Transfer Agreement. We are providing forensic analytical support to a council that is facing just such. Our role is to help ensure that only those costs that should have been included have been – significant sums involved.


June 2013
Environmental Insurance – City South Manchester Housing Trust

May 2013
LSVT Environmental Insurance Claim
Have you ever wondered whether there have ever been any claims under these policies – well there have and we are currently in the midst of a complex claim – working closely with the insured and insurer to make sure that their interests are aligned and that the process is as smooth and efficient as we can. In this area of bespoke insurance – each claim brings its own challenges. Only by our detailed knowledge and experience, and close relationships with the insurers, can we be sure to best represent our client’s interests.

March 2013
Eastlands Housing Partnership Environmental insurance.
Environmental insurance, Three Rivers District Council.


November 2012
Environmental insurance, Rutland District Council.
Housing Group refinancing –environmental insurance structure designed to help facilitate this major refinancing.

July 2012
Aylesbury Vale District Council environmental insurance


June 2012
Environmental insurance, City South Manchester Housing Trust.

May 2012
Personal success
Ian Martin is amongst the first cohort to graduate with the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Certificate – well done Ian!
IMA appointed by Eastlands Homes to advise on risk management options for the housing association for the transfer of assets from Manchester City Council.


April 2012
I Martin Associates Ltd Celebrates 10 Years – 2002-2012
It was in 2002 that we set up – determined to bring objective environmental project leadership to major public and private sector projects. Working with many clients we have succeeded in bringing clarity and effectiveness to the opaque world of environmental risk management of long term contaminated land liabilities. Our thanks to all who have helped to make matters such a success – and look forward to the next 10 years – thank you.
Property sale and purchase agreement completed on the South Coast only because IMA was able to identify and put in place environmental insurance to address the concerns of the funder and developer.


March 2012
South Lakeland District Council housing transfer of some 3,170 homes goes through to South Lakes Housing – the newly created housing association. This was achieved with the successful advice of (I Martin Associates) IMA who handled the environmental risk management element of the transfer project, working alongside Anthony Collins Solicitors, Sector... and SKM Enviros.


December 2011
Wycombe District Council housing transfer is completed. This transferred some .... homes to the newly established Red Kite Housing association. IMA oversaw the environmental risk management project, advising the Council at each stage on the management of the environmental warranty and residual risks, the tender and selection the environmental consultancy, and the tender and selection through the “OJEU” process of the preferred environmental insurer. This achieved working alongside the council’s other advisors including Wright Hassall, David Tolson Partnership and SKM Enviros.


November 2011
Environmental insurance, Rutland District Council


July 2011
IMA (I Martin Associates) appointed by Wycombe District Council to work with the Council to advise on and manage the environmental risk management element of the housing transfer.
Aylesbury Vale District Council environmental insurance
Aylesbury Vale District Council Exchange Street Development insurance. This project was presenting issues that the Council sought to manage the risks associated with the development. I Martin Associates defined the issues and through its network identified a solution that worked to satisfy the council’s requirements – and the project went through.


June 2011
Environmental insurance, City South Manchester Housing Trust


March 2011

Housing transfer insurance – Eastlands Homes Partnership Ltd

February 2011
Three Rivers District Council – Housing insurance

November 2010
Environmental insurance, Rutland District Council

July 2010
Aylesbury Vale District Council environmental insurance

June 2010
Environmental insurance, City South Manchester Housing Trust

March 2010
Housing transfer insurance – Eastlands Homes Partnership Ltd

February 2010
A new LSVT environmental risk management project contract for IMA.
A council appoints IMA to help prepare the way, pre-ballot, for the planned housing transfer project to commence, assuming a positive ballot result. As with the Rutland CC housing transfer this transfer involves a long-standing ALMO converting to a new housing association.

December 2009
2009 – Another successful year! – Here’s to 2010!
Contracts undertaken with amongst others: Three Rivers DC, City South Manchester Housing Trust, Rutland CC, Aylesbury Vale DC, Eastlands Homes Partnership and Sedgefield BC (now part of Durham CC).

 

November 2009
Successful completion of the Rutland County Council housing transfer.

October 2009
Working with Rutland County Council we commissioned the environmental survey, provided an environmental risk management options review, undertook the environmental insurance market review and worked closely with Savills – - www.savills.co.uk– and Winkworth Sherwood – www.wslaw.co.uk – on the evolution of the transfer agreement, with particular reference to the environmental warranties and related environmental clauses.

September2009
Rutland County Council – www.rutland.gov.uk – appoints IMA to oversee its environmental risk management as part of its housing transfer planned for November 2009. As with the Salford housing transfer this was from an ALMO to a newly established housing association. In this instance, the new association was based on the pre-existing ALMO – which presented its own challenges for the transfer process.

July 2009
IMA – Previous Housing Transfer, Environmental Insurance Extended
Following a successful transfer a couple of years ago, assisted by IMA, in the home-counties, IMA negotiated the extension of their environmental insurance a further year to start to close the gap with the length of the environmental warranties in the Transfer Agreement.

June 2009
IMA – Previous Housing Transfer, Environmental Insurance Extended
Working with north-west social housing provided, that had previously received a housing transfer, IMA negotiated the extension of their environmental insurance a further year to start to close the gap with the length of the environmental warranties in the Transfer Agreement.

April 2009
IMA Successfully Executed five Environmental Insurance Policies – two with one of the main environmental insurers, and one each with three of the others.

March 2009
Successful Completion of Sedgefield Borough Council Housing Transfer (8,500 homes)
Working with the Council commissioned environmental survey and undertook environmental insurance market review. Worked with PWC – www.pwc.co.uk – Lawrence Graham – www.lg-legal.com – on the environmental warranty negotiations in the face of post credit-crunch increased funder requirements.

Successful Completion of the Manchester East Transfer (5,300 homes).
Working for the Housing Association – Eastlands Homes Partnership Ltd www.eastlandshomes.co.uk – along with their advisors, Trowers & Hamlins – www.trowers.com – and Sector Weedon Grant – www.sector-group.com –, and their funders (RBS/Barclays) and their advisors, Addleshaw Goddards – www.addleshawgoddard.com . Secured a ground-breaking risk management solution that enabled the transfer to proceed.

February 2009
IMA – Previous Housing Transfer, Environmental Insurance Extended
Working with a home-counties council that had previously transferred, negotiated the extension of their environmental insurance a further year to start to close the gap with the length of the environmental warranties in the Transfer Agreement.

January 2009
IMA wins another new Housing Transfer Contract – for Sedgefield Borough Council Housing Transfer
The Council – www.sedgefield.gov.uk – is transferring some 8,500 homes to the new housing association – Sedgefield Borough Homes. Environmental survey needed completing, risk management options identified and a strategy put in place for the closing months of the transfer process.

December 2008
2008 – Another successful year!
Contracts completed with amongst others: Three Rivers District Council, London Borough of Havering for the Mardyke Estate transfer, City South Manchester Housing Trust, Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council; and commenced work with Eastlands Homes Partneship.

October 2008
Successful Completion of the Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council Housing Transfer
IMA, as advisor to the Council, successfully concluded the LSVT environmental warranty insurance market review – particularly with reference to the changing financial circumstances and the credit-worthiness of the insurers involved. We worked alongside Tribal www.tribalgroup.co.uk – and Cobbetts – www.cobbetts.com – to ensure the effective management of the environmental risks within the context of the transfer agreement.

September 2008
IMA introduces a new insurer to the LSVT Environmental Insurance Market

July 2008
IMA wins Eastlands Homes Partnership LSVT Housing Transfer Risk Management Project for the Manchester “East” Transfer
This success follows closely the successful work with City South Manchester Housing Trust and their transfer on 3rd June 2008. Eastlands is an established Housing Association having been set up to receive some 2,800 homes from Manchester City Council in 2003. This new “East” transfer is more than twice the size of the earlier transfer and will increase the Eastlands’ portfolio to some 8,200 homes. Environmental risk management is seen as critical to the transfer – hence the appointment of I Martin Associates Ltd.

June 2008
IMA’s Innovative Approach helps another challenging LSVT to complete
Working closely with the client and their advisors: the environmental consultants, lawyers and housing consultants; and with the funders, we succeeded in engineering a menu of options to enable the negotiators to complete the LSVT with confidence that the environmental risk management would there for the final shape of the transfer.

May 2008
Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council LSVT Housing Transfer Risk Management Project
The Council – www.berwick.gov.uk – requires the environmental survey to be specified, tendered and managed, an environmental insurance market review and support to the warranty negotiations in preparation for the housing transfer on 3rd November 2008.

April 2008
City South Manchester Housing Trust Ltd Housing Transfer Environmental Risk Management Project
Working with the receiving Housing Trust – www.citysouthmanchester.co.uk –, as part of the “Manchester Model”, we helped review Manchester City Council’s environmental survey, and that of the Trust’s own environmental consultants. We worked alongside the Trust’s advisors, including Tribal – www.tribal.com – and Anthony Collins Solicitors – www.anthonycollins.co.uk – and the Funder’s advisors Addleshaw Addleshaw Goddards – www.addleshawgoddard.com – assessing the options open to the Trust and putting everything in place to support the Trust’s negotiation of the warranties.

March 2008
IMA’s Innovative Solutions Helps Two LSVT’s To Complete
Both completed in double-quick time – one including the rapid specification and oversight of the environmental survey in time to support the environmental insurance market review and to directly contribute to the closing stages of the environmental warranty negotiation. The other presenting unique challenges with the structure of the transfer – IMA working closely with the environmental consultants and the leading environmental insurer managed to create a solution that became integral to the successful completion of the transfer.

February 2008
London Borough of Havering Mardyke Estate Housing Transfer Risk Management project.
With the transfer planned for the end of March, the need to establish risk management options, available insurance etc was critical as part of the regeneration of this estate and the planned transfer on 31st March 2008. Working closely with the Council – www.havering.gov.uk – and their advisors, including Trowers – www.trowers.com – IMA was able to design and deliver an innovative risk transfer solution without which the transfer would have been at risk.

January 2008
Three Rivers DC Housing Transfer Risk Management project.
The Council – www.threerivers.gov.uk – required the environmental survey to be specified, tendered and managed, an environmental insurance market review and support to the warranty negotiations in preparation for the housing transfer on 17th March 2008. Working with the Council and their advisors, including Tribal – www.tribalgroup.com – and Pinsent Masons – www.pinsentmasons.co.uk – we were able to help identify key areas of risk and to design and deliver a risk management strategy starting with the transfer agreement.

November 2007
Torridge DC Housing Transfer Risk Management project.
IMA was selected by the Council – www.torridge.gov.uk – because of its specialist knowledge to advise on its environmental risks associated with the housing transfer, set out the options open to the council and to undertake an environmental insurance market review. This was done in double-quick time for the transfer taking place on 10th December 2007, working alongside Tribal – www.tribalgroup.com – and Pinsent Masons – www.pinsentmasons.com .

October 2007
IMA designs, tenders and places an environmental risk management solution to enable a council to proceed with a Sale & Purchase Agreement for a redevelopment project which otherwise was at risk of stalling.

September 2007
Watford Borough Council LSVT environmental risk management project concluded. Working alongside BWNL – www.bwnl.plc.uk – and Trowers – www.trowers.com

July 2007
IMA commissioned to design an environmental risk management solution to enable a council to proceed with a Sale & Purchase Agreement for a redevelopment project which otherwise was at risk of stalling.

June 2007
Wellingborough Borough Council LSVT Environmental Risk Management Commences – www.wellingborough.gov.uk

April 2007
Watford Borough Council awards IMA its LSVT environmental contract.
- www.watford.gov.uk

March 2007
Derwentside District Council LSVT Environmental Risk Management Concluded.

New Business Initiative
IMA links up with Building & Land Guarantees Ltd – www.buildingandland.co.uk – to provide a complete environmental risk management service. Ian Martin from IMA and Paul Rose, Director at B&LG, have worked together previously at Certa UK Ltd.

February 2007
North Norfolk District Council LSVT Environmental Risk Management Concluded.

December 2006
LSVT Risk Management Contract – Derwentside District Council!
Derwentside now part of Durham Council – www.durham.gov.uk

November 2006
IMA wins North Norfolk District Council LSVT Risk Management Contract.
www.norfolk.gov.uk .

October 2006
LSVT contract with Pendle Borough Council – www.pendle.gov.uk – Environmental LSVT Risk Management Contract. Working with Trowers & Hamlins – www.Trowers.com.

IMA wins new Landfill PFI Risk Management Contract
Groundbreaking Midlands Landfill Redevelopment – working with Heath Lambert, IMA is providing environmental risk management support for this new project.

July 2006
Sefton Borough Council Contract Environmental LSVT Risk Management Contract – www.sefton.gov.uk – working with Wright Hassall – www.wrighthassall.co.uk – PwC – www.pricewaterhousecoopers.co.uk – and Peter Deakin, Project Manager.

June 2006
- Macclesfield Borough Council LSVT Environment Contract Commences
Working with Trowers & Hamlins – www.trowers.com – and Gerald Davies as project manager – www.michaelguest.co.uk. MBC is now part of Cheshire East Council – www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

May 2006
- NHF New 2006 LSVT Consultant’s Directory Launched
See IMA’s entry in the new updated NHF LSVT Consultant’s Directory www.nhfdirectory.co.uk/consultants

- Salford City Council LSVT – www.Salford.gov.uk – Environmental Risk Management Pre-ballot Scoping Contract awarded.

April 2006
- IMA address NHF LSVT National Conference, Manchester
The presentation ‘Environmental Risks & Liabilities in Stock Transfer’ is available

- LSVT Environment Contract – Rossendale Borough Council Kicks-off.
Working with the Council – www.rossendale.gov.uk – and their main advisors, Trowers & Hamlins – www.trowers.com .

March 2006
Aylesbury Vale DC LSVT Environmental Risk Management Concluded – www.aylesbury.gov.uk. Working with BWNL – www.bwnl.plc.uk – and Pinsent Masons – www.pinsentmasons.com.

February 2006
Conclude the Borough of Broxbourne LSVT Environmental Risk Management Project – Working with the Council – www.broxbourne.gov.uk – and Trowers & Hamlins – www.trowers.com.

January 2006
Aylesbury Vale DC LSVT Environmental Risk Management Commenced –.
Aylesbury Vale District Council has awarded IMA the Project Management Contract to manage the LSVT Environmental Risk Management Project.

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