Our history

At Standard Life, we’re proud of our heritage. We’ve always evolved to help our customers in the best way possible.

Today - Our future with the Phoenix Group

Standard Life Assurance Limited is proud of be part of the Phoenix group of companies, the largest long-term savings and retirement business in the UK. This helps us serve our customers in new ways, while staying true to the values that have always driven our company.

2018 - Phoenix Group acquire Standard Life Assurance Limited 

The Phoenix Group purchased Standard Life from Standard Life Aberdeen in 2018, entering into a strategic partnership and working together to deliver Standard Life products and services.

2017 - Merger with Aberdeen

Standard Life merged with Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017 to create Standard Life Aberdeen.

2006 - A public company

98% of our members voted to demutualise in 2006. Standard Life floated on the London Stock Exchange six weeks later.

1990s - Europe’s biggest mutual

Our growth into new kinds of investments made us Europe’s biggest mutual in the 1990s.

1950s - Scotland’s largest life assurance company

We grew quickly in the first half of the 20th century, becoming Scotland’s largest life assurance company.

1925 - Becoming a mutual

We reincorporated as a mutual in 1925. This means we were owned entirely by our policyholders.

1825 - Standard Life is founded

The Standard Life Assurance Company was founded in Edinburgh in 1825, to help people protect their property and provide life assurance. We expanded quickly during the 19th century.

Our locations

Standard Life Assurance Ltd

Head office
Standard Life House
30 Lothian Road
Edinburgh EH1 2DH



Standard Life Ireland

90 St. Stephens Green
Dublin 2


Standard Life Germany

Lyoner Straße 15
60528 Franfurt am Main


Standard Life Austria

Arche Noah 9
8020 Graz


Phoenix Group

1 Wythall Green Way
Birmingham B47 6WG


Company and regulation details for the products and services we provide

Any reference to "Standard Life", "we", "our" or "us" on this website means any member of the Phoenix Group (being Phoenix Group Holdings plc and its subsidiaries) unless otherwise indicated.