Construction team at PCS

Construction team at PCS
Loss adjuster Property and Casualty Services (PCS) has created a specialist team to deal with construction claims. The Leeds-based team is headed by Dave Cobley and has eight qualified adjusters, engineers and surveyors covering the UK and Ireland. David Damsell leads a subsidiary team for the London Market, which handles contract works and contractors' liability and professional indemnity claims. Barry Woodward, PCS chairman, said the construction claims team was established following consultation with clients.

Fraud cases on the rise
Fraud avoidance organisation CIFAS recorded a 47% year-on-year increase in the number of notified fraud cases. The organisation, which welcomed its first insurance company members last September, had 175,152 cases of fraud on its database at the end of February. It identified 33,000 new cases in the first two months of 2001, compared to 22,500 cases during the same period in 2000.

Sort out your claims online
A new online claims dispute resolution service has been launched at the Legal Services and IT Exhibition conference in Birmingham. The brainchild of lawyer Graham Ross, theclaimroom.com specialises in personal injury claims, business and consumer disputes and customer complaints. Ross said the website aimed to cut the cost of dispute resolution using a blind bidding process.

More space
Demand for data storage facilities is rising, encouraged by the growing trend for companies to outsource their archive management, says claims data management company TDG. Michael Dunleavy, director of data services, said legislation requiring the retention of data and files was placing pressure on storage companies to create additional space.

Let's talk
The annual forum for specialists in the claims industry meets in London on May 23 and 24. The Claims Management Forum 2001 will be attended by representatives from the Association of British Insurers, loss adjusters, the General Insurance Standards Council and Lloyd's IUA and LIBC claims working groups. The programme includes discussions on the implications of the Human Rights Act on claims processing and the impact of recent adverse weather claims on household and motor business.

Lost and found
A £58,000 Mercedes stolen twice within 15 days was traced on both occasions by vehicle recovery company Tracker. The recovery was among 58 vehicles retrieved by Tracker in February, which included a £63,000 Jaguar and a six-year-old Cavalier. Five people were arrested in connection with the thefts.