Crawford Legal Services continues rapid expansion with move to Leeds

The legal services arms of claims management giant Crawford & Company has established a presence in Leeds with the appointment of Sarah Cartwright.

Cartwright has joined Crawford Legal Services as head of insurable risks. The former Plexus Law partner will be based in the new Leeds office.

With more than 15 years of experience in insurance and public sector disputes and litigation, Cartwright and her team will specialise in insurable risks, subsidence and recoveries.

Launched in 2016 as an alternative business structure (ABS), Crawford Legal Services, which is already operating in Liverpool and Manchester with more than 40 people, has also established a presence in Birmingham.

Today, the ABS includes the counter fraud services team and has specialisms in property/insurable risks, casualty, motor/transport, travel, indemnity solutions, fraud and recovery/subrogation.

Through its new operation in Birmingham, Crawford Legal Services will establish a cross-class recovery and subrogation team, including technology and policy indemnity. The operation currently provides clients with a recovery service across all lines of business, from low value to large complex losses, and will expand its capabilities in numerous specialty lines over the next 12 months.

Commenting on the announcement, Jason Spencer, managing director of Crawford Legal Services, said: “Crawford Legal Services is entering a period of accelerated growth. Since the launch of Crawford Legal Services in 2016, we have achieved phenomenal success and today’s announcement forms part of our ongoing efforts to expand our capabilities to meet increasing client demand.”

“Our unique approach, operating as an independent alternative business structure while being fully embedded within the core activities of Crawford UK, enables us to offer a unique operating and commercial model, to develop highly customer-focused solutions and provide a fully integrated single-supplier service that delivers on our mission to restore and enhance lives, businesses and communities.”