International law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has strengthened its UK-wide insurance offering with the appointment of Robert Holme, a highly experienced insurance practitioner, who joins the firm's London office as Head of Claims.

Joining from DWF where he was Head of Financial Lines claims, Rob is a highly regarded financial lines claims expert with over 30 years of experience in the Lloyd's and London insurance market. Rob also previously held the position of Claims Manager at WRB Underwriting and before that had spent 18 years at Ince & Co, where he handled solicitor's negligence claims and general insurance/reinsurance disputes. He is described by clients as a 'high-end achiever' with 'vast experience as a negotiator particularly at mediation'.

In his new role, Rob will lead WBD Claims' offering. Launched in 2020, WBD Claims is a bespoke claims handling management solution powered by a market-leading software platform to provide an integrated approach to claims handling and management information. WBD Claims offers a resolution based, efficient and cost effective claims handling solution, together with access to a range of value-added products, including WBD Advance, WBD Accelerate and WBD Clarity, helping to create a streamlined approach to clients' business processes.

Sushma MacGeoch, Head of Insurance Disputes at WBD, commented:

"I am delighted to welcome Rob to the firm and to our fast growing insurance practice. Rob has been a colleague and friend for many years and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the team. He has an excellent reputation and network within the insurance market and will play a pivotal role leading our bespoke claims handling practice."

Rob added:

"WBD has a strong reputation across the UK and US with an impressive client portfolio, particularly in the insurance sector. I look forward to working with our insurance clients and colleagues alike to boost the firm's bespoke claims handling service."