Law firm accuses insurers
Lancashire law firm Napthens Solicitors raised concerns about the increasing use of "underhand tactics" by insurers in settling personal injury claims. It said an increasing amount of insurers were going direct to claimants and offering compensation payments, even though the client had instructed a solicitor.

First published on 22 March

MMA targets motor trade
MMA Insurance is to target further growth in its motor trade account with a number of product enhancements and an expanded team.

First published on 23 March

AMG in second buy
AMG acquired Carr Greenwood Smith, a specialist commercial property claims adjuster, in a move which marks the company's second acquisition since its management buy-out in October 2005. In May 2006, AMG acquired Sigma Claims Solutions, a specialist liability adjusting business. Carr Greenwood Smith will operate as an independent subsidiary and separate brand within AMG.

First published on 23 March

Companies eye captives
More UK companies are considering captives as a means of implementing sophisticated risk management regimes and addressing the total cost of risk, according to Marsh.

First published on 23 March

Allianz adjuster deal
Allianz Cornhill said it had signed a further two-year deal with Cunningham Lindsey for the provision of motor and casualty claims investigation services.

First published on 23 March

Clarification
Further to last week's story ('Aon claims scheme'), InterResolve would like us to clarify that its system aims to reduce the settlement period by 18 months.

Starr's China link
CV Starr chairman Maurice Greenberg said the company would be an underwriter for some of Lloyd's reinsurance operations in China.

First published on 23 March

Hurricane forecast
Benfield Tropical Storm Risk increased its forecast for Atlantic hurricane activity. Its March forecast predicted Atlantic basin and US land-falling hurricane activity to be about 75% above the 1950-2006 norm in 2007.

First published on 21 March

CII appoints four to board
The CII appointed four members to its London market faculty advisory board. They are: Sian Fisher head of agency at Oxygen; Julian James, currently director of worldwide markets at Lloyd's; Max Taylor deputy chairman of Aon UK; and Dave Matcham chief executive of the International Underwriting Association.

First published on 23 March

Davies appoints MacLean
Iain MacLean, former UK chief engineer with Crawford and Co, joined Davies to manage its new subsidence division.

First published on 22 March

Medical policy slump
The introduction of new private medical policies in 2005 and 2006 failed to lure a sizeable audience, and the personal private medical market declined in 2005, according to Datamonitor.

First published on 22 March

New ChoiceQuote offices
ChoiceQuote Insurance op-ened two satellite offices in Leeds and Birmingham to serve local taxi markets.

First published on 21 March

CIS young driver warning
A whole generation could become uninsurable if nothing is done to halt the number of young motorists killed on UK roads, Co-operative Insurance (CIS) warned.

First published on 21 March