Keith Thorogood joins Europea as underwriter and Chris Farley-West, the founder of Europea in 1980, will expand his existing involvement considerably through his own business Farleywest Consultancy.

Thorogood has significant underwriting experience within Lloyd's and the general market. Specialising in the accident and health sector he has held several senior positions within Lloyd's including class underwriter and director of a Lloyd's managing agency. He has over 35 years' broking and underwriting experience.

UnumProvident has appointed Colin Skeen as a non-executive director on its board.

A qualified barrister, Skeen began his career with the AA's legal department and between 1976 and 2001 held a number of senior posts including group secretary and managing director, member services.

Following the acquisition of the AA by Centrica, he became Centrica's group procurement director and assistant managing director, home and road services.

Wellingborough-based insurance provider MCE has appointed Bimal Patel as motorcycle team leader.

Patel joins from Norwich Union where he was responsible for evaluating the success and progress of training courses, designing and implementing new personal lines products and preparing and presenting new projects to maximise the company's risk free income.

Davies Lavery
Davies Lavery has promoted Sarah Cochran, left, to partner. She joined Davies Lavery in November 2002 having previously been a partner with Vizards Wyeth. She heads up the construction and property damage division in conjunction with London managing partner Philip West.

The growth of the firm's insurance practice continues in the areas of insurance, reinsurance and professional indemnity, life and health and personal injury, with the promotion of solicitors, Michelle Taleb, Dominic Thomas, Nicholas Rouse and Sally Chalmers to associates.

The firm's recently expanded corporate and commercial division sees the promotion to associate of Richard Blackman (commercial property), Irfan Baluch (corporate finance/IT) and Krishna Santra (employment).

Clyde & Co
Peter Hirst, formerly with Beachcroft Wansbroughs, has joined the international law firm Clyde & Co in London together with Lee Baker and Ingrid Curran.

Hirst, who joins as a partner, specialises in insurance and reinsurance work, and his experience includes cross-border reinsurance disputes, engineering and construction disputes and international liability claims.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs
National law firm Beachcroft Wansbroughs has announced the promotion of three partners and 19 associates across its eight offices. The three new partners are Rhod Richards, who becomes a partner in Mutual Law (Birmingham), the high volume claims management service launched by the firm in October 2001, Nick Chronias (employment, London) and David Pridmore (commercial property, Leeds).

The 19 new associates include 11 lawyers in the firm's litigation division: Jennifer Brown (catastrophic injury, Birmingham), Howard Dean (personal injury, Birmingham), Clare Humphrys-Smith (health, Bristol), Philip Roberts (construction, Bristol), Marcus Thomson (professional indemnity, Bristol), Leila Wilkinson (personal injury, Bristol), Justine Williams (professional indemnity, Bristol), Rachel Barbenel (personal injury, London), Campbell Dye (commercial litigation, London) Claire O'Donovan (insurance litigation, London) and Sarah Trendell (professional indemnity, Manchester).

Other associate promotions cover the practice areas of commercial property, employment, PFI and projects, corporate services and public law.

Merseyside-based health cash plan provider Medicash has appointed new recruit James Tollan to promote Scot Healthcare in Glasgow - the Scottish division of Medicash.

He has ten years' experience in the industry.

Glencairn Affinity
Glencairn Affinity announces that Robert Duff joins the team as a principal.

Duff has 15 years' experience of insurance business processes, client relationship management and consulting to large and medium national and multi national companies. In January 1999 Robert established ART Capital, an internationally active insurance and risk financing consulting business where he continues his role as managing director.

Berwin Leighton Paisner
Berwin Leighton Paisner has appointed Andrea Macaulay as a partner in the firm's insurance and reinsurance group, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Macaulay, who has practised in this area for some nine years, joined the firm in October 2000.


Magi Associates
Paul Chapman, until recently a partner in Littlejohn Frazer, has formed Magi Associates, an independent firm of mortgage and general insurance compliance consultants.

Magi will assist insurance brokers and intermediaries through the FSA authorisation process and ongoing compliance issues.

Company focus
Prettys Solicitors appoints four associates

Lisa Rawcliffe, Lynn O'Malley, Clare Richards, Duncan Vaughan and Dinesh Dorai Raj have been appointed associates by Prettys.

Rawcliffe, head of Prettys' family law unit, has more than ten years' experience, as has Richards who is an important part of Ian Waine's team of five corporate lawyers.

O'Malley specialises in personal injury work, primarily acting directly for insurers.

Vaughan, who previously worked for Microsoft, is a key element in Prettys IT and intellectual property team.

Dinesh Dorai Raj is Paul Dickie's right hand man in Prettys' five-lawyer shipping team.

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