Jelf buys West broker
Broker Jelf has acquired Plymouth-based Haines Wallace. The purchase will add £4.5m to Jelf's premium income. Jelf will retain Haines Wallace's 14 employees in its commercial insurance operation.

First published 4 December

Higos acquires Sharp
Higos has purchased Berkshire-based motor broker Sharp Insurance. The acquisition will add £750,000 to Higos' total motor premiums. Sharp specialises in insurance for young drivers.

First published 4 December

Gherkin sale talks
Swiss Re has confirmed that it has entered exclusive talks with one potential buyer to sell 30 St Mary Axe. Reports this week claimed that German-based real estate investor IVG Immobilien was a potential suitor.

First published 5 December

UK liability cover static
Despite increased litigation action, product recalls, and supply chain risks, UK firms have not increased their levels of insurance protection limits purchased since 2004, according to Marsh.

First published 5 December

Oxygen risk team
Oxygen has appointed Calvin Barnes, formerly of the Heath Lambert financial & professional risks team, to head up its newly-formed management risk practice. He will be joined by Alexei Abbott and Drew Harvey.

First published 5 December