Zurich Commercial slashes legal panel from 100 to 1

Zurich Commercial has finally revealed its streamlined panel after cutting its legal advisers from 100 to just 16 firms.

The 16 that have been retained by Zurich Commercial, which is a combination of merged insurers Eagle Star and Zurich, will be split into three groups.

Those firms on the Zurich Commercial panel only are Davies Arnold Cooper, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Hammond Suddards, Jacksons, James Chapman & Co, AE Wyeth & Co and Dibb Lupton Alsop.

On the Zurich Commercial and Eagle Star Direct panel are North West firm Keogh Ritson, Weightmans, Palser Grossman and Buller Jeffries.

The third group which will provide regional advice are Tughan & Co, Harris Leitch & Logan and Campbell Fitzpatrick in Northern Ireland, while in Scotland, Simpson & Marwick and Gilbert Anderson have been appointed to the panel.

Commenting on the structure of the new panel, Dave Gravell, claims director at Zurich Commercial, says: “Those on the Eagle Star direct panel do not have the volume to handle the commercial side. They have different clients and portfolios”.

Gravell adds: “The firms on the commercial side can work across the commercial area.”

He says each of the firms has a three-year contract.

One source says the panel selection has been a long drawn-out process, stating: “It has been an arduous tendering exercise but those that have been picked have been picked for their skills.