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Major insurance specialist Hill Dickinson has lost its place on Iron Trades' provisional panel.
Liverpool-based Hill Dickinson is among 10 law firms that have been dropped from the main panel, which has been cut from 22 firms to 12.
The loss of business will be a major blow to Hill Dickinson, which is renowned for its insurance work. However, Iron Trades will still use the firm on a specialist basis.
Ashton West, general manager of claims at Iron Trades, says: "They are not on the main panel for claims handling work, but are used for specialist work."
The only other firm retained for specialist work is three-partner firm Linsley & Mortimer, based in Newcastle.
The firms that have been retained on the panel, which had already been halved in April from the previous figure of 44 firms, are: Berrymans Lace Mawer, C&H Jefferson, Cartwrights Adams & Black, Ensor Byfield, Everatt & Co, Grindeys, Jacksons, Peter Rickson & Partners, Simpson & Marwick WS, Vizards Staples & Bannister, Weightmans and Whitfield Hallam Goodall.
West says Iron Trades chose a mixed panel, combining large and small firms with a regional emphasis.
He says: "We have really gone for one firm to cope with each area. It is a balanced panel. We felt that local law firms could bring things that high-profile national firms could not.
However, West stresses the latest line-up is a provisional panel: "Some nuts and bolts still need tightening."