Hamilton Underwriting has secured approval from Lloyd's to increase its gross written premium for Syndicate 3334 in 2017 to £122.5m.

Gross written premium approved for the Syndicate in 2016 was £69.5m. Lloyd's has also given the Syndicate approval to write two new lines of business in 2017: Marine Liability, and War and Terror.

Hamilton Underwriting Limited CEO Dermot O'Donohoe said: “We are delighted that Lloyd's has approved this substantial increase in our capacity for 2017 and has given us the go-ahead to write Marine Liability and War and Terror business.

"Since acquiring the Syndicate in 2015, we have recruited market-leading teams of underwriters and significantly scaled up the business.

"Some of our books of business were relatively small and thus subject to volatility if there were major losses, so this increase in capacity allows us to iron out a degree of volatility in the portfolio.

“The current soft market is difficult and there are many challenges, but with our combination of careful risk selection and utilisation of data and analytics to improve our underwriting, we look forward to maximising profitable business opportunities in 2017."

Last month, Hamilton Underwriting Limited announced it had recruited Mark Appleton from The Navigators Group as Head of Marine Liability. The managing agency is currently seeking a Head of War and Terror.

The other classes of business written by Syndicate 3334 are Accident and Health insurance, Contingency insurance, Property D&F insurance, Professional Indemnity insurance, Space insurance, Treaty reinsurance, and Financial Institutions insurance.