- Broker in bid for independence Layton Blackham moved to prove its independence by actively looking to insurers - other than its owner Axa - for new scheme arrangements. Chris Blackham, chief executive of Layton Blackham, said: "We do not expect Axa to take the lead on any new solus arrangements we are reviewing."

- ABI steps up anti-fraud campaign The Association of British Insurers (ABI) declared its intention to launch an anti-fraud campaign in the East Midlands this year. An ABI spokesma