Brit finalises first formal legal panel

Brit Insurance, the UK insurance subsidiary of Brit Insurance Holdings, has created its first formal legal panel.

Many of Brit’s previous advisers have lost out in the review, which formalised a smaller number of law firm relationships. The full review of service providers kicked off in April and formed part of Brit’s strategic development of claims handling processes.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, which has particularly strong links with the insurer, was successful in the review, which was first revealed on www.thelawyer. com on 18 November.

CMS Cameron McKenna, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw and Mills & Reeve were also all appointed to the panel and given particular responsibility for handling larger claims. Also successful were Beachcroft Wansbroughs and Nottingham-based Freethcartwright.

All six will advise Brit on claims in the areas of professional indemnity, employers’ liability and public liability.

Additionally, Bolton-based Keoghs and York firm Langleys have been added to the panel to advise on employers’ liability and public liability.

Group director of claims Bob Foster, who led the review, said that Brit deliberately selected firms with regional offices because it wanted to spread legal work across the country. “The successful firms were also very conscious of our brand. Cost was not the driver, value was,” he added.