Abbey Life

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Abbey Life Assurance Company Limited
Limited company
Industry Life assurance
Founded 1961
Headquarters Bournemouth, UK
Key people
David Woolett, Director
Owner Phoenix Group

Abbey Life Assurance Company Limited is a life assurance business based in London also with an office in Bournemouth. The company has been closed to new business in 2000.

Abbey Life was formerly a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.


The Company was founded by Mark Weinberg in 1961 as the Abbey Life Assurance Company.[1] ITT Corporation bought a half interest in the Company in 1964 and in 1970 bought the rest.[1] It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1986.[1] In 1988, the then Lloyds Bank acquired a majority stake in the business which became known as Lloyds Abbey Life.[1] The Company became wholly owned by Lloyds TSB in 1996[1] and absorbed Hill Samuel Life Assurance Company in 1998.[1] It lost its sales force in 2000 when it closed to new business.[1]

In 2007, Lloyds Banking Group sold the Company to Deutsche Bank.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Unisys and Abbey Life strike major outsourcing deal Businesswire, 18 January 2001
  2. ^ Buoyant Lloyds TSB offloads insurer Abbey Life The Guardian, 1 August 2007

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