Insurance specialist heads off-shore

INSURANCE specialist Lillian Boyle has moved to an off-shore company with a brief to set up an in-house legal department.

Boyle has been appointed company secretary and head of legal services at Scottish Provident International, which is based on the Isle of Man.

Hers is one of three senior appointments announced by the expanding insurance company which has used law firms to handle its legal affairs up until now.

She was previously company secretary and legal manager at Scottish Mutual Assurance and Abbey National Life, both based in Glasgow, having started her insurance career in the legal department of Swindon-based Allied Dunbar.

Boyle says she is busy settling into her new role and is not yet prepared to comment on plans to recruit lawyers to the department.

She describes Scottish Provident International as a medium-sized off-shore firm which, with a workforce of 140, is expanding rapidly.

Boyle puts her move down to the opportunities for growth in the off-shore financial services industry. She says: “The UK business is getting to a mature level. It's quite evident that a lot of companies are looking to going off-shore.”

Scottish Provident International managing director Stuart Fairclough says Boyle will play an important role in the firm's future expansion.

Boyle is chair of the Chartered Insurance Institute's education and training comm- ittee, and has a remit to oversee the introduction of a system of continuous professional development for chartered insurers.