Forsytes sets up satellite base in Lloyd's building

A NEWLY merged firm has opened a satellite office in the Lloyd's building for its insurance team which was hampered by having to work from the West End.

Forsyte Saunders Kerman has acted quickly to set up an office in Lloyd's for its expanding insurance litigation group headed by Michael Robin.

When commercial firms Forsyte Kerman and Saunders Sobell Leigh & Dobin merged in December 1994, Robin moved his team from the City to the Forsyte Kerman West End offices with the rest of the Saunders Sobell staff.

He says the team found operating from the West End restrictive and the partners quickly recognised the need for a Lloyd's office.

“Geographical location is extremely important,” says Robin.

“The market depends on personal contact much more than in other areas of commercial litigation,” says Robin.

The group specialises in professional indemnity work. It currently has three fee earners, including partner Vivien Singleton-Green and an assistant, Martin Webster.

However, it will soon be joined by a new recruit from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.

Trevor Watkins will be the first solicitor to join the merged firm.

Robin says the insurance group is on the look-out for opportunities for further expansion.