Loss adjuster GAB Robins has embarked on a cost-cutting drive in response to falling claims volumes.

Sales and marketing director David Germaine confirmed that positions would be cut, but that this would be done through natural wastage rather than compulsory redundancy.

"There are a number of positions that we will not replace when people move on," said Germaine.

It is understood that up to 60 positions are at risk. But GAB did not disclose a figure. "The move has been forced by falling numbers of claims," said Germaine.

"I'd be surprised if every UK company isn't doing something like this," he said.

New chief executive John Castagno has introduced other cost-cutting measures including restrictions on entertainment and travel.

Meanwhile, John Heaney, head of GAB's liability division, has resigned.

His position is taken by technical director Jeff Stagg and operations director Tony Wadey.

GAB has also appointed Derek Coles managing director of UK loss adjusting.

Coles joins from Barclays Insurance Services where he was managing director.

Castagno has a strong relationship with Coles that developed when Castagno was managing director of Legal & General's general insurance business and Barclays was its flagship partner.

A new finance director will be announced soon. This follows the departure of Peter Hardy who is relocating to New Zealand.