Dibbs expands reinsurance arm

DIBB Lupton Broomhead has boosted its reinsurance industry group by appointing Elliott & Company partner Andrew Banfill.

Banfill, who moved over with former Elliotts underwriter Keith Pooley, took a strong London company market client base to Dibbs, which already has Lloyd's market specialist Susan Dingwall.

He said the decision to switch from the 22-partner practice to a national firm was a “great career move”, which would enable him to better service his reinsurance clients.

“The internal resources and back-up that a firm like Dibb Lupton Broomhead could devote to the group were obviously a primary consideration,” said Banfill. “I was looking to go to a firm that could service the reinsurance sector and it was them – they are a very commercial firm.”

Elliots chief executive Leslie Newell said the departure of Banfill and Pooley was “entirely amicable”.

“I think they felt that their careers could best be furthered in a slightly larger firm. Obviously when the opportunity arose to go to Dibb Lupton Broomhead, they took it.”

Called to the Bar in 1985, Banfill transferred to the solicitors' profession and requalified in 1991.

Prior to joining Elliotts three years ago much of his career was spent as in-house counsel within the company market, handling both litigation and non-contentious work.