Pick of the week

This week: QBE Europe prepares to become a major player in the UK personal lines motor market with the acquisition of Equity Red Star; LV looks ready to offload the Hero broking arm of Highway; the Chartered Insurance Institute appoints a new general insurance head and backtracks on its name change; and the sale of GAB Robins moves to due diligence stage; and the trade union Ucatt proposes the formation of an employers' liability bureau.