Post - 2010-02-18

Gracey expands Crawford role

Crawford & Company has expanded the role of fraud boss Bobby Gracey to include the new title of UK business development director. Mr Gracey, vice president of global counter-fraud solutions, who joined the loss adjuster in 2003, takes responsibility of…

Blackham returns

Chris Blackham has returned to the insurance industry after a two-year break and joined the board of Howden as a non-executive director.

MoJ draft rules agreed

The Ministry of Justice road traffic accident personal injury draft rules have been agreed and signed off by the rules committee.

Giles takes on team

Giles Insurance Brokers has taken on the Brightstar Risk Solutions team, and will establish a new corporate & financial risks division as a result of the move.

Car quote index shows rise

Confused and EMB have launched a quarterly car insurance price index that shows the average cost of the cheapest quote rose by 12.7% in 2009.

Fraud group slams GMC as surgeon avoids panel

The Health Insurance Counter Fraud Group has accused the General Medical Council of providing a "route map" for doctors who seek to escape investigation for misconduct that potentially costs insurers thousands of pounds.

Industry united in FSA fee opposition

The insurance industry has voiced its concern over the Financial Services Authority's "value for money" after the regulator announced increases to regulatory fees for the next 12 months.

Drive Assist extends enquiry

An investigation into malpractice at Drive Assist has been extended after the credit hire operator enlisted KPMG to look into the matter.

Construction cover down

UK construction businesses have reduced their overall insurance cover by an average of £3.2m, according to Quinn Insurance.

Publicity order for Act

Any organisation guilty of an offence under the Corporate Manslaughter Act is potentially liable to a publicity order, requiring it to publicise details of its conviction and sentence from this week.

Halliwells fraud savings

Halliwells' fraud unit has claimed up-front investigations and case management have saved its insurance clients up to £13 for every pound spent on fees during 2009.

RFIB boss reveals plans to buy but not to float

Lloyd's broker RFIB's new chief executive has told Post he expects it to become acquisitive, but stressed that it has no plans to join the list of intermediaries queuing up to float on the London Stock Exchange.

View from the top: Value of human capital

Despite signs of rates hardening in some lines of business, plenty of capacity coupled with the wider economic situation are driving the extremely competitive pricing we are seeing today.

Postbox : Claims process still needs streamlining

While putting a 'disaster plan' in place ('History in the remaking') is prudent method of minimising risks to a historically sensitive building, sadly it may not stop the full insurance claims process being drawn out over many months.

Motor Claims 2010: CPS decides on fraud

The nature of insurance fraud makes it difficult for the Crown Prosecution Service to take such cases to court, according to detective chief inspector Andy MacKay, of the Association of Chief Police Officers' Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service.

Motor Claims 2010: Creating harmony

With the perfect scenario for vehicle replacement still a long way off, Brendan Keane examines whether recent developments are taking the industry towards it.

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Penny black's insurance week

Penny was not the only lady wowed by race driver and stuntman Ben Collins at the 10th annual motor claims conference. The handsome gent, who worked on a number of stunts for the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, told tales of celebrity encounters,…