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2010: A year in loss adjusting

January

Liz Tubb, IT, legal and human resources director at GAB Robins, defects to join Cunningham Lindsey.

Declan Treanor steps down as chief executive of Garwyn.

Jim Pittman takes up head of claims role at Davies after departing Merlin.

February

Managing director Stewart Steel launches Vericlaim UK and targets £7m turnover for its first year of business. Questgates acquires Teceris' corporate and complex adjusting liability division.

Merlin rated a 'going concern' after Royal Bank of Scotland waives a £654 000 repayment.

Crawford & Company names Bobby Gracey as UK business development director after expanding his fraud management role.

Rowena Byrne-Jones, former head of complex liability at Teceris, joins Argent Liability Adjusters as a director.

March

Crawford & Company agrees a deal with CFC Underwriting to run claims administration interface for CFC brokers and clients. Cunningham Lindsey enters talks with 300 staff over plans to close its final salary pension scheme.

GAB Robins hires Merlin's Mark Wookey as casualty operations manager.

MYI opens new office in Leeds, its 11th UK base.

April

MYI appoints Andrew Homewood as a director after he joins from Teceris.

The CILA defends its decision to strengthen guidance over conflicts of interest despite claims it is acting beyond its remit.

May

Paul McLarnon is appointed as Cunningham Lindsey's first corporate development director.

Angus Tucker, former CILA president, joins Lorega to spearhead its skills academy and launch Lorega Solutions.

Ex-Carr Greenwood Smith founders Dave Greenwood, John Carr, Graham Cranford-Smith, and Chris Rechtern launch Quadra. MYI appoints Garwyn's Stuart Main as the first full-time liability adjuster in its Scottish operation.

June

Intersport Insurance Services launches six-month pilot scheme for commercial sports equipment validation with 'top three adjuster'.

Aviva's Greg Gladwell joins Crawford to launch end-to-end personal lines service Crawford Home. Quadra lands a place on APC Underwriting's adjusting panel.

July

Charles Taylor Adjusting expands into onshore energy and industrial property with the appointment of Eric Capewell. VRS Vericlaim wins Tesco global property adjusting sole panel provider spot from GAB Robins.

Merlin restructures loss adjusting arm, with Russell Crewe named as divisional director.

The Independent Loss Adjusters Association is formally launched by Roger Topping.

August

Merlin cuts its deficit by £50m after refinancing agreement struck with Royal Bank of Scotland, Bridgepoint and Babson Capital Europe. Garwyn opens a new office in City of London.

September

Argent insists its deal to purchase Carmichaels will go through; Argent owner Parabis acquires a controlling stake in the firm during the same month.

Lloyds Development Capital is rumoured to be looking for a buyer for Davies valuing the firm at £60m to £70m sale.

LAS lands a place on the Fortis (now Ageas) adjusting panel.

Delta moves into new headquarters in Knutsford, Cheshire. LAS appoints ex GAB Robins employee Max Dunworth as chief operating officer. New CILA president Andrew Homewood pledges to modernise the body's code of conduct.

October

Former Cunningham Lindsey engineering director Geoff Cooke joins loss adjuster Advanta Global Services to head up its new energy team.

LAS unveils 'free adjusting' model (see cartoon, p16).

November

Questgates receives accreditation from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board for its insurance fraud technician course.

MYI is appointed as nominated claims handler for DP World.

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