Charles Taylor's forward-thinking and innovative approach to insurance services is founded upon a long and rich heritage going back over 150 years, during which time Charles Taylor has become synonymous with integrity and professionalism.
Charles Taylor & Co was founded around 1840 in the north-east of England, and its early activity was as a coal merchant. In 1885, the Standard Steamship Owners' Protection and Indemnity Association Ltd was founded and engaged Charles Taylor as its managers.
Management of the Standard Club continued as Charles Taylor's principal activity until the 1960s, when Charles Taylor began to develop other mutuals. Over the next few decades, new mutuals included SCALA for Canadian shipowners and SIGNAL for US stevedore employers.
In 1996, the company was listed on the London Stock Exchange under Charles Taylor Group plc and currently trades as Charles Taylor plc. Charles Taylor has, through organic growth and acquisition, developed its loss adjusting, risk management, captive management and run-off activities into a group offering a wide range of global professional services to the insurance market.