Gossman closure

Insurance law firm Palser Grossman has closed its Bristol office.

Palser Grossman is on the panels of CGNU, AXA and Zurich.

Bristol's insurance work and staff will be transferred to its Cardiff, Birmingham and Southampton offices.

MCE jobs boost

Wellingborough-based MCE will take on at least 12 new staff during the first quarter of 2003 to handle its rapid growth.

It will employ both new trainees and highly qualified advisors, with all recruits under 25 placed on the insurance NVQ.

Run-off seminar

The Association of Run Off Companies (ARC) will hold its congress seminar on 18 March in London.

Former chief executive of Chester Street Insurance and Skandia Insurance Services Philip Grant will chair the seminar at the Merchant Taylors Hall.

The seminar will include an update on catastrophic losses, how to commute long-tail liabilities and the FSA's attitude to finality proposals.

Information is available from Leslie-Ann Giovnilli on 07770 890 948 or Mike Gleeson on 020 7953 8724.

Capita resignation

Capita Insurance Services has lost another senior executive to the new legal expenses service provider to be launched soon.

Capita's head of sales and underwriting Frank O'Malley is understood to have resigned from his position at Capita this week.

He is expected to join Capita Assistance's former business director Helen Withers, who is setting up a new company.

Provincial growth

The top 250 commercial provincial brokers grew by 42% in 2002 according to the latest annual figures from Cornell Consulting.

The research claims the top 250 brokers controlled £3.7bn of premium income at the end of 2002 compared with £2.6bn at the start of the year.