Loss adjuster Davies Group has acquired Belfast adjuster Dawson Adair & Partners.

The deal is part of the group's plans to expand its network of offices in the UK. It will take over Dawson's offices in Belfast and Londonderry.

Davies Group associate partner David Mansfield said: "We have always serviced insurers' panels in Northern Ireland but have not previously had a presence there.

"We were looking to open an office in Belfast when this opportunity with Dawson Adair came up. It was a very good fit."

Mansfield added that if the Belfast business proved to be successful, Davies Group would consider expanding into southern Ireland in the future.

He added that there would be no redundancies as a result of the deal and that there were plans to add to the existing eight Dawson Adair staff.

CD Adair of Dawson Adair, formerly a senior director with GAB Robins and Cunninghams, will be retained as managing director in Belfast and help the development of Davies Group.

He said: "With [Davies'] new state-of-the-art systems, we become part of an advanced UK claims vehicle which appears to be well ahead of the opposition in most areas."

Davies recently clinched a deal to be on the loss adjuster panel of insurer Pearl from January 2002. It is also on the Churchill panel.

Dawson Adair de-merged itself from Cunningham Lindsey three years ago.