Carpenters is the 13th company on the IFB affiliate member list, with more to come in 2018

Carpenters is the latest affiliate member to join the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).

The Liverpool-based law firm is the 13th company to join the list since the Affiliate Model officially launched in April 2017. It opened membership to the IFB to include defendant solicitors, investigators, loss adjusters and third-party administrators.

Carpenters joins BLM, The Cotswold Group, CoventBridge Group, DAC Beachcroft, DWF LLP, Horwich Farrelly, Kennedys Law, Keoghs, Robertson & Co, Weightmans LLP, Clyde & Co and Plexus Law.

Ben Fletcher, IFB director, said: “The addition of affiliates to IFB membership has already proven to be an essential tool in improving the flow of intelligence in the insurance industry’s counter-fraud structure. Working closely with defendant solicitors, such as Carpenters, strengthens our position in the fight against fraud.

“In joining IFB, affiliate members are showing their dedication to fighting insurance fraud with their commitment to playing an active role by participating in the industry’s efforts in disrupting fraudulent activity. We look forward to working with Carpenters in achieving successful results together.”

Donna Scully, director of Carpenters added: “Having worked with the IFB on identifying effective policies to combat fraud for some time, affiliate membership will enable us to collaborate ever closer, share data and intelligence and more actively contribute to the industry fight against the ever-changing face of fraud in the claims market. With further changes ahead and a likely increase in fraudulent behaviour, it is essential that the sector breaks down traditional barriers and unites to fight fraudsters.”

The IFB also said it will continue to add more affiliate members in 2018, with a particular focus on third-party claims handlers and loss adjustors.

Carpenters has worked for several years with Insurance Times in setting up and running The Fraud Charter, a forum for professionals and organisations involved in tackling insurance fraud to debate and share information.