Axa has cut its loss adjuster panel to just two following a nine-month review. The decision was apparently delayed twice before the final announcement.

Cunningham Lindsey and GAB Robins were selected from a panel of six adjusters for a three-year period beginning in early 2001.

The firms which are believed to have not made the final panel include Miller Pycraft and the Wirral-based Ashworth Mairs Group.

Axa director of resourcing, Gary Caswell said: "Cunningham Lindsey and GAB Robins were selected because of their fit with Axa business and their overall technical and commercial capabilities."

He added: "It is important to stress that every one of the adjusting firms that took part in the review exemplified a high level of commitment to customer service."