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Andrew Dear

Consultant Adjuster


Andrew joined McLarens in October 2008 to develop the Midlands region, combining a management role with a caseload of primarily Major/Complex PD/BI losses. Andrew has been a Loss Adjuster for over 30 years, qualifying as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Loss Adjusters in 1989. At his previous employers he held the position of Director of Technical Services and amongst other duties, founded and had overall responsibility for their Specialist Adjusting Unit (Major & Complex Losses) and the Special Investigation Unit (Anti-Fraud).

With a reputation for in-depth and thorough investigation, securing vital evidence and meticulous recording of detail, Andrew is the first Adjuster of choice by many Insurers and has several successful Litigation cases to his name. He has produced several articles for the Insurance press and has appeared as a representative of the Chartered Insurance Institute on several television news and documentary programmes, including the BBC television series “Accidents Can Happen”. He also contributed to the CILA DVD “Inspirational Case Studies” and “The Qualification High Road”, as well as being a CILA Examiner.

Sample Major Loss assignments:

  • £9m loss arising from the Buncefield oil storage terminal explosion with complete destruction of the building, machinery, plant and other contents.
  • £32m loss involving extensive fire damage to the largest drop forge in the UK, which manufactured components for the aerospace industry and Ministry of Defence, including nuclear submarines. The loss management involved an extensive repair programme as well as the securing of suitable alternative premises and a complex programme of Increased Cost of Working expenditure.
  • £3m loss involving an extensive fire in the paint oven to a leading domestic heating radiator manufacturer. Over 2 kilometres of track sustained damage, with the claim involving a repair programme to the building, paint oven, track, robotic equipment and damaged stock. At the same time a complex reorganisation of manufacturing capacities at sister plants in Finland and Poland, fed by a complex rejigging of manufacturing output of the fire damaged plant in the UK avoided any Loss of Profit claim.
  • £3m extensive electrical fire in the plant room to a major UK car parts manufacturer, being the sole provider of key body-in-white parts to a Japanese car manufacturer with a major plant in the UK. Part of the loss management programme involved the hiring, overnight, of three trailer mounted generators (which consumed £215,000 of red diesel per week) and 7 kilometres of high voltage cabling ‘borrowed’ from the Olympic Park site, in the months leading up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Working closely with the Insured’s representatives and following a well-rehearsed strategic plan, the claim was confined to material damage repairs and Increased Cost of Working expenditure with no Loss of Turnover claim.

Office Address / Contact Information

The Colmore Building
20 Colmore Circus, Queensway
B4 6AT
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Industry Certification

Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (FCILA), FUEDI-ELAE


Additional Expertise

Manufacturing, Retail, Education Sector, Real Estate, Financial Risks, Private Clients, International, Aerospace and Defence

Adjuster Experience

39 years 1985

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