London Australia

What separates London Australia Underwriting (LAUW) from its many peers in today’s market place is its independent status and best of breed product offerings.

Based in Sydney, Australia, LAUW was established in 2005 by Steve Walker and Declan Rye to write Professional and Financial Lines business exclusively on behalf of Lloyd’s of London Syndicates, offering the highest level of security for clients.

Having now been established for many years LAUW has firmly cemented its position at the head of the market place with a wide choice of innovative products backed up by one of the most experienced underwriting teams in the market.

LAUW’s model focuses on innovation and service. Whilst maintaining a consistent open market presence LAUW can also target specific business sectors and apply a stringent risk selection criterion that ultimately delivers superior and sustainable underwriting results. This in turn benefits brokers and their clients with fair and timely claims settlements and consistent pricing.

Both Walker and Rye have well over 20 years’ experience in the field including 10 years underwriting business for various Syndicates at Lloyds of London.

In addition LAUW’s underwriting personnel and portfolio managers all boast significant experience in the Financial Lines sector in the local Australian market place.

LAUW's core product lines are.

  • Cyber Insurance
  • Directors & Officers
  • Financial Institutions
  • FinTech
  • Management Liability
  • Professional Indemnity
  • IT Liability (ComTech)


Steve Walker

Steve has over 20 years experience in underwriting Financial Lines business and predominantly Financial Institutions, including 10 years in the London market at various insurance companies and Lloyds Sydndicates.

Declan Rye

Declan has over 25 years’ experience in the both broking and underwriting Financial Lines business and predominantly Professional Indemnity, including 10 years in the London market at international broking houses and Lloyd’s Syndicates.

Underwriting Team.

Arné Booysen
Porfolio Manager / Professional Indemnity and Cyber Liability.
Arne joined LAUW in 2008 and currently underwriters across the Professional Indemnity and D&O and ML portfolios. Arne has broad product knowledge with over 10 years’ experience in the financial lines space including 5 years at an international broking house in Australia.

Matthew Titmuss
Senior Underwriter
Matthew has been with LAUW since establishment and underwrites across both the Professional Indemnity and Management Liability portfolios. Matthew in addition is responsible for servicing PI facilities at LAUW. Prior to joining LAUW Matthew worked at a major international broking house in Sydney and brings over 15 years experience to the table.

Adam Rose
Senior Underwriter
Adam joined LAUW in 2012 and underwrites predominantly into the Financial Institutions portfolio. Prior to joining LAUW Adam was employed at a major international broking house in Sydney and brings over 8 years’ experience to the table.