Brit partners with Schillings to create new Kidnap for Ransom offering

12-12-2018

Brit Ltd (“Brit”) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Schillings Critical Risk, part of Schillings, to create a comprehensive kidnap for ransom offering.

In today’s rapidly changing geopolitical and economic climate, extortion and kidnap for ransom are extreme and endemic risks for individuals and businesses operating in many countries around the world. Privileged sources and anecdotal evidence estimate about 30,000 incidents of kidnap for ransom alone per year, with about 1,000 of these involving foreign nationals.

Led by Stephen Quinton, who joined September 2018, Brit’s Kidnap for Ransom team is pleased to have created an exclusive partnership with Schillings Critical Risk, part of Schillings – the international issues and crisis law firm. With a legal heritage built over 35 years, Schillings is the only business in the world to combine relevant legal expertise, intelligence specialists, investigators, cyber security experts and risk consultants into a single multidisciplinary team specialising in privacy and security consultancy. The Schillings Critical Risk team is led by Schillings Partner, John Chase, who brings over 20 years of experience in kidnap for ransom, extortion, illegal detention, blackmail, hijacking and cyber attacks worldwide.

By combining specialist underwriting capabilities with award-winning privacy, security and reputation expertise, both Brit and Schillings are committed to building innovative solutions for clients that mitigate and respond to the kidnap for ransom and extortion threats they face.

Brit and Schillings’ joint vision is to help clients navigate an ever changing environment and to protect people, assets and reputations from the risks they may face.

Matthew Wilson, CEO, Brit, commented: “We are pleased to announce this partnership with Schillings Critical Risk. At Brit, we are always looking for new ways to both enhance the solutions we are able to offer our clients and evolve our capabilities in response to changing risks. This partnership is a strong example of this focus, combining Brit’s and Schillings’ respective expertise to give clients a comprehensive Crisis Management offering in one place.”

Commenting on the new partnership, Rod Christie-Miller, chief executive and partner at Schillings said: "Crises happen with more frequency and with more long term repercussions than ever before. With over 35 years’ experience as an international issues and crisis law firm, this joint partnership will ensure that we continue to protect clients from the reputation, privacy and security threats of today, as well as the issues and crises of tomorrow”.