The National Farmers Union’s (NFU) insurance arm has cut its panel firms from seven to four, with DWF among those winning a place.
DWF has been added to the line-up for NFU Mutual, while DAC Beachcroft has retained its place. The two other firms on the roster are Scottish-based BTO Solicitors and Belfast-headquartered John McKee & Son Solicitors.
NFU Mutual’s panel runs from the start of 2019 and provides claims legal services throughout the UK. All contracts last for three years.
The insurer last updated its panel in 2015, with firms such as Clyde & Co, Kennedys and Keoghs losing their places on the roster this time round. Clydes is understood to have had a 37-year-old relationship with the insurer, managed by senior equity partners Neil Beresford and Peter Walmsley.
The NFU Mutual panel differs to the NFU’s general roster of over 15 firms, which was made public in August. Firms to have won places include Shakespeare Martineau, Foot Anstey, Clarke Willmott and Thrings.
Jon Cawley, head of claims at NFU Mutual, said: “NFU Mutual has completed an extensive review of its future requirements for claims legal services to create a single panel across all the jurisdictions in which it operates.
“The consolidated panel provides for future relationships of greater depth and importance that will help us deliver our strategy of managing claims litigation proactively and effectively whilst continuing to support the future needs of our customers.”