London Market Insurance Essentials (LM1)

London Market Insurance Essentials (LM1) provides an essential grounding in the workings of the London insurance market.

The default Enrolment option for this unit includes:

  • Latest version of the core learning content, in digital format only, delivered on RevisionMate.
  • Revision aids: Key Facts Booklet, Knowledge Checker (delivered on RevisionMate).

  • Assessment entry.

London Market Insurance Essentials begins by introducing the fundamental principles of insurance and risk as well as the reasons for buying and selling insurance. The study text also looks at the function of insurance within the wider economy and its further role to protect citizens.

Legal principles and terminology are also introduced as well as the main classes of business written in the London Market and the theory of the insurance business cycle.

The structure of the London Market is considered in some detail to identify the various players and the flow of business around the market. The regulatory framework is introduced, including an overview of both national and international regulation as it might apply to brokers and insurers operating in the London Market.

Finally, London Market Insurance Essentials provides a firm understanding of the role of the broker and underwriter within the wider context of the market. Some concepts outlined in this unit will be built on in more detail in London Market Insurance Principles and Practices (LM2).

Building a successful career in insurance

This course is for anyone working in or conducting business through the London Market or in a support function such as marketing, HR or finance. Completion of London Market Insurance Essentials (LM1) and London Market Insurance Principles and Practices (LM2) achieves the qualification of Award in London Market insurance. The additional completion of London Market Underwriting Principles (LM3) achieves the Certificate in London Market Insurance.

Summary of learning outcomes 

  1. Understand basic terminology used within the general insurance market
  2. Understand the fundamental principles of insurance
  3. Understand the main classes of insurance written in the London Market
  4. Understand the insurance cycle
  5. Understand reinsurance within the insurance market
  6. Understand the structure of the London Market
  7. Understand the London Market regulatory and legal environment
  8. Understand the importance of appropriate systems and controls
  9. Understand data protection and money laundering legislation and requirement
  10. Understand the broker’s role in the way that business is conducted in the London Market
  11. Understand the underwriter’s role in the way that business is conducted in the London Market


  • 1 hour exam
  • 50 multiple choice questions
  • 70% nominal pass mark
  • The 2022 pass rate for this unit was 84%

Units treated as equivalent

Due to the extent of syllabus overlap, certain combinations of current and withdrawn units will result in only one award of credits.

If a withdrawn equivalent is held you may not need to complete a current unit in order to satisfy a qualification's completion rules. Clarification should always be sought from CII Customer Service.

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Course delivery

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Study material - editions available

2023 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Jan 23 to 31 Dec 2023)

2024 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Jan 24 to 31 Dec 2024) 

Revision aids available 

The revision aids available for this unit are listed below. Find out more details**Please see individual shop pages for 2024 edition availability**

  • Key Facts Booklet
  • Knowledge Checker

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