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Defendant solicitors join the IFB as new Affiliate Model gathers pace

10 July 2017

  • Weightmans LLP and Clyde & Co latest affiliates to join the IFB

Defendant solicitors Weightmans LLP and Clyde & Co are the latest affiliates to sign up to become members of the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).

Following the launch of the IFB’s Affiliate Model in April 2017, which opened up the Bureau’s membership to the insurance industry supply chain including defendant solicitors, investigators, loss adjustors and third-party administrators, 12 new members have now joined.

Weightmans LLP and Clyde & Co join the likes of BLM, The Cotswold Group, CoventBridge Group, DAC Beachcroft, DWF LLP, Hill Dickinson, Horwich Farrelly, Kennedys Law, Keoghs and Robertson & Co in the IFB’s affiliate membership.

Affiliate members have access to fraud intelligence alerts issued by the IFB and will contribute to the 160+ cross-industry investigations currently managed by the Bureau.

Ben Fletcher, Director of the IFB, said: “Launching the IFB Affiliate Model was a significant step forward for the insurance industry in establishing a truly holistic counter-fraud strategy. Sign-up to the model has been even stronger than anticipated which demonstrates the supply chain’s appetite to support the insurance industry in fighting fraud.”

“Affiliates hold access to rich data sources and command vital experience in the counter-fraud arena, which can only enhance our industry’s effectiveness in protecting honest policyholders by stamping down on fraud.”

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Weightmans LLP - Category: Defendant Solicitor

“At Weightmans we are proud to have supported the insurance industry in the fight against fraud for many years, working hard to detect and investigate fraudulent claims. Fighting fraud isn’t just about identifying, and repudiating, fraudulent claims but preventing them from happening in the first place. We are delighted therefore to join the IFB to continue this fight, sharing data collected through our nationwide platform with other members - boosting our, and the insurance industry’s ability to combat fraud with even greater intelligence gathering capabilities and closing the net further on those individuals and organisations who seek to profit from pursuing such claims.”

Andrew Cooper, Partner, Weightmans LLP  

Clyde & Co - Category: Defendant Solicitor

“Clyde & Co has long been passionate about combatting fraudulent behaviour. By joining the IFB's Affiliate Model we are proud to be contributing to the industry wide effort to disrupt the constantly evolving behaviours of insurance fraudsters."

Ben Parkin, Legal Director – Fraud, Clyde & Co