Claims manager expands team by 25% in wake of Merlin redundancies

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Merlin staff made redundant following the company’s fall into administration could find a new home at LAS Claims, which today revealed it was recruiting between 30 and 40 new staff.

The claims management firm has offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester and its recruitment drive has co-incided with the downfall of Merlin.

Merlin announced last week that 200 staff would be made redundant due to the tough economic conditions and a benign weather period.

LAS’ chief operating officer Max Dunworth said: “We are recruiting qualified and experienced loss adjusters, surveyors nationally, and claims handlers to work in our Bristol and Birmingham centres. The recruitment drive is in response to ongoing growth in the business.”

He continued: “We are also seeing as an increase in demand for our services after Merlin went into administration, but in the main it is to deal with growth.”

Mr Dunworth said LAS had recently agreed a new validation model with Lloyds Banking Group for storm claims, and the team was also participating in a household claims pilot with insurer L&G. LAS has also recently announced that it is to set up a major loss team.

Dunworth said: “At a time when many businesses in the building claims and loss adjusting sector are finding it hard going, as evidenced by the demise of Merlin, LAS is continuing to grow and expand.”

“Our aim is not to be the biggest claims management business in the UK, but we do want to be the best, and we are keen to hear from experienced loss adjusters and others who are looking to join a growing business.”