?Heath Lambert has boosted its wholesale division, FSJ, with seven new appointments, including a divisional director.

The broker said the appointments, which included former Lowndes Lambert managing director Martin Wildridge, were key to the expansion of the division.

The division “was forging ahead and winning important business for the group”, it said.

Earlier in the year, FSJ lost its managing director, Graham Lawrenson, and his deputy, Colin Jackson, to rival THB.

THB had attempted to buy the division to bolster its own wholesale business.

Negotiations were understood to have fallen through after Heath Lambert pulled out of the talks.

This week’s appointments include account handlers in the motor, bloodstock and general property and liability team.

FSJ chairman Derek Thornton said: “We are determined to hire the very best people for each part of FSJ to continue the success of our business and its expansion.

“Our aim is to ensure we deliver exemplary service to our clients time and again, and I am more than confident that with the calibre of our new members of staff, we will continue to achieve this objective and go from strength to strength.”

FSJ places risks for a large number of brokers within the UK and has specialists in a diverse range of sectors including motor fleet, high hazard commercial accounts, and pharmaceutical and medical malpractice business.