Post - 2010-07-22
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North London-based medical services provider Medicals Direct Group has acquired competitor Medibureau for an undisclosed sum.
Markerstudy has launched a programme aimed at improving the skills of its entire workforce.
Figures from the Association of British Insurers published this week are expected to reveal the amount of insurance fraud detected and prevented last year by its members rose again, reaching a total of 122 000 cases — up from 107 00 in 2008 — with a…
Former Erinaceous boss Andy Halstead has returned to the insurance market with a new property venture called Rent On Time.
A senior Aon broker who admits dumping a laptop in a pond to cover up his involvement in a major tender that allegedly breached the terms of his gardening leave has been told he could face imprisonment.
The UK's midwifery associate bodies are poised to step up their bid to gain insurance cover for independent practitioners, following the publication of the Finlay Scott report on the issue.
The trial window for the long-awaited legal battle between credit hire organisation Accident Exchange and reporting firm Autofocus is likely to be decided by the High Court next month.
Insurance giants Zurich and Axa have identified fraud as a factor in recent rises in motor insurance premiums.
The Association of British Insurers is on the hunt for a new director general following the announcement that Kerrie Kelly has stepped down.
Chaucer has opened a new office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to access facultative property and related risks in Latin America on behalf of Chaucer Syndicate 1084.
Motor insurer Octagon has joined the panel of aggregator Compare the Market. Octagon, which launched last November, was previously available exclusively on Go Compare.
A trio of loss adjusters will no longer work with Lloyds Banking Group after it moved to a solus arrangement with Crawford & Company.
The Association of British Insurers has backed a Ministry of Justice review of the Data Protection Act.
David Brownsword has left his role as executive chairman of Brownsword Group, two years after returning to the fraud investigation company that he founded.
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Axa Insurance is understood to have employed headhunters to look for a candidate to fill an extended role to that of Anthony Middle, managing director of commercial lines, who has left to join Aviva in December.
QBE has appointed Maureen Robertson as commercial manager, leading its business in Scotland.
Axa-owned Bluefin has become an inaugural member of Equity Risk Partners Global, a worldwide alliance focused exclusively on the needs of the private equity sector.
Halliwells' insurance business has been acquired by London-based Barlow Lyde Gilbert, after the deal was approved by its board.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has welcomed the Court of Appeal's decision to uphold an earlier ruling denying Quinn Direct access to confidential information on a small firm of solicitors that it insured.
There is no other way of looking at the Kerrie Kelly debacle than as a bit of an embarrassment for the Association of British Insurers.
Allianz has rejected claims that the increasing cost of personal lines policies will lead to a reduction in customer retention.
Arista is set to open a Leeds office, as the firm looks to broaden its footprint in the North of England.
Private equity house Apollo is not expected to up its offer for Brit, meaning the chances of the deal being successful are 50:50, according to Jefferies International.
Ratings agency Fitch has affirmed Lloyd's of London's insurer financial strength rating at A+.
VRS Adjusters is poised to replace rival GAB Robins as the sole loss adjuster for Tesco's global property portfolio.
Insurance broker Cowens Survival Capability is poised to spin off its SME arm to create a new specialised intermediary.
Travel insurers are likely to escape a surge in claims following the collapse of holiday company Goldtrail, with the UK Civil Aviation Authority set to pick up the bill.
High street broker Swinton has reiterated its support to its network of 600 shops but has no plans to grow this materially in the future.
Insurance broker LJM Partnership has moved to new premises in Bredbury, Stockport, in a move it claims positions it for further expansion.
The former branch director of Aon's Leeds branch Richard Taylor has joined Bartlett Insurance Brokers Group.
Willis has stepped up its campaign against contingent commissions, issuing a white paper highlighting the conflicts of interest created by the payments.
Equity Direct Broking has landed a three-year deal with Mazda UK to run its car insurance scheme.
Commercial broker Bollington has entered an affinity partnership with fleet management specialist Fleet Support Group.
Barbon has restructured its property division and appointed former Erinaceous boss and Towergate director Wayne Tonge as head of business within its wholesale broking business, Keelan Westall.
Insurance intermediaries have backed Law Commission plans to introduce legislation making policyholders formally responsible for the payment of their premiums.
Former Giles Insurance Brokers retail managing director Howard Pearson has returned to the insurance industry as a consultant.
Swedish restoration services firm Munters has sold its moisture control services business to private equity firm Triton in a move that will see a number of key partnerships in the UK insurance market change ownership.
Property insurers are preparing for a raft of subsidence claims in the South-east of England following a long period of dry weather.
WNS Assistance has laid out its plans to grow its business over the next three years, after moving to an office in Cheadle.
Motor Insurers' Bureau chief executive Ashton West has revealed he expects 5% fewer uninsured drivers on the UK's roads in 2010.
The Association of British Insurers has highlighted that the cost of falling ill abroad has hit a record high, as travel insurers helped an unprecedented number of people needing emergency medical treatment while overseas.
Auto Windscreens is warning insurers to be aware of a potential rise in personal injury claims, after research by the Health Protection Agency found windscreen wiper water may be the cause of 20% of cases of Legionnaires' disease in England and Wales.
With a high-profile Ebay affinity deal recently signed, Leigh Jackson met Autonet managing director Glynn Keeling to talk about the firm's foundations and its future plans.
Despite being a top concern for insurers, Matthew Donaldson looks into why aggregators should no longer be considered their bête noire.
There is a crisis brewing in the solicitors' professional indemnity market and finding the culprits is an open and shut case: the handful of rogue lawyers who cost their insurers millions of pounds each year and all too often, disappear into thin air.
We are pleased for Allianz that it expects to make significant savings as a result of the new claims process for road traffic accidents.
With a rise in unsolicited text messages encouraging recipients to make personal injury claims, Daniel Dunkley looks into what the industry can do to tackle this undesirable correspondence.
After Axa spurned the Association of British Insurers' general terms of agreement, many thought other motor insurers would follow suit. Rachel Gordon examines why a mass exodus has not occurred.
After a good year in 2009 for the reinsurance industry, Philip Alexander warns of the perils heralded by the Atlantic forecast for this year, as 2010 looks to be beset by stormy weather.
With personal injury claims resulting from low-speed road traffic accidents on the rise, Pamela Davies explains the factors behind the upturn and ways the industry could protect itself from spiralling costs.
Lord Justice Jackson recommended judges be given more powers to manage costs. Rob Williams examines the case of O'Beirne v Hudson to show how a more flexible approach is already being taken.
Financial services professionals feel more positive about the next 12 months, compared to most other sectors.
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DH NHS Foundation Trust v PS (Family Division—26 May 2010)
Yeganeh v Zurich Insurance Company (Queen’s Bench Division—24 May 2010).
Churchill Insurance Company v Wilkinson; Evans v Equitable Claims (Court of Appeal—19 May 2010)