Delay for Bluefin dismissal case

The hearing of an unfair dismissal claim brought by a former manager at Venture Preference, now Bluefin, has been postponed.

Adrian Donno, who was marine manager at Layton Blackham, part of Venture Preference, brought his claim after he was made redundant last year. Venture Preference denies the claim.

Crawford set to axe 24 jobs

Crawford, the loss adjuster, is set to make 24 staff redundant.

Chief executive Benedict Burke said the company, which has more than 1,400 employees, had enjoyed substantial growth and increasing profits over the past five years.

The redundancies should be seen in this context, he said.

Underwriting change at RAC

Norwich Union (NU), AXA, Fortis and Chaucer make up the new underwriting panel for RAC Motor Insurance.

NU, RAC’s parent company, will be the lead insurer with a share of 30% to 40%. Portions for the rest of the panel have yet to be determined. The policies will be arranged by the affinity specialist Junction.

Oval snaps up Shropshire firm

Oval has acquired Wills & Partners, the Shropshire-based high net worth financial specialist.

Wills’ team of seven people will join the Oval FS division, linked to Oval’s insurance broking operation in Birmingham.

Earlier this month, Oval snapped up LRG Insurance, a commercial broker based in Hertfordshire.