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CIVILS 2005 - Professional services firms exhibiting at Civils 2005 include

AON Professional Risks AON combines its knowledge of the UK insurance market with global reach and clout - it has 500 offices in 120 countries - providing 'a perspective that cuts across boundaries and unites specialists from around the world in global business units'.

It claims to be able to design a bespoke professional indemnity package for any architect, engineer, surveyor, design and build contractor, project manager or developer of any size.

AON will present a seminar with Fishburns Solicitors on risk management, at 10:45am on Wednesday 23 November.

It will also be running a competition on its stand - J31 - with £300 worth of Eurostar vouchers as the prize.

CNA Executive CNA director Mark Bolton is adamant that his firm is not a recruitment consultant in the conventional sense but a 'professional organisation that sorts out people's business problems'. Specifically, these are problems related to finding the right person for the job. 'We have 100 consultants who work for the extended CNA family, and have access to 1,000 managers who we can slide into people's businesses.

We head hunt.' CNA focuses on the civil engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, renewable energy, road surfacing and rail sectors.

Griffiths & Armour Group Insurance broker, risk manager and financial advisor Griffi ths & Armour is exhibiting at Civils for the first time this year. It was founded over 70 years ago and now has three principal areas of activity - professional indemnity insurance, corporate and commercial insurance, and fi nancial services.

The group's professional indemnity division specialises in advising consultants within the construction industry and fi rms of solicitors. The corporate and commercial division works closely with corporate insurance clients to identify and quantify risks.

And the fi nancial services arm provides advice on investments, life assurance, pensions and medical insurance to companies, partnerships and individuals.

Howden UK Howden UK is the largest Lloyd's broker specialising in professional indemnity (PI) for the construction industry, says business development manager Matthew Reed, with particular expertise in creating bespoke wordings for those sectors exposed to hazardous risks.

Howden UK recently launched a PI scheme tailored exclusively to meet the needs of geotechnical and environmental engineers. This, it says, is unlike any other cover available in the market, and includes an amount of negligence cover for bodily injury, property damage and pollution exposures.

Meet the team on stand H25 to find out how it can create a bespoke PI policy for you and how you can win a tailored suit!

Howden with specialist construction law firm Watson Burton will also be presenting one of Civils' seminars: 'Professional indemnity - the questions you should be asking' at 10.45 on Thursday 24 November.

This will explore l What is going to happen to professional indemnity rates in 2006?

l When is a claim really a claim?

l How have engineers' liabilities been impacted by the Abbott v Will Gannon Smith case?

l How do engineers ensure their premium will reduce at this year's renewal?

Kennedys Law firm Kennedys will be on stand D21 to set out 'the wide range of services that we can provide at all stages of a construction project and to allow our clients, friends and new contacts to meet the team'.

Kennedys' team consists of 24 partners and 19 solicitors, legal assistants and consultants, and the fi rm has international reach.

'We work on both the contentious and noncontentious side and from concept to completion.

We have a track record for innovative, commerciallyaware specialist advice on all aspects of the construction process, including procurement, contract negotiation, professional appointments, employment, health and safety, insurance and dispute resolution, ' the fi rm says.

Its specialist health and safety team is presenting a seminar on current issues as part of the Civils seminar programme.

Matchtech Recruitment company Matchtech turned over £125M last year by sourcing staff for clients like Transport for London and the top 10 civils consultants. It will be at Civils to 'meet our existing clients as well as possible new ones', says director Mike Bowler. The firm recently became an affiliate of the Association for Consultancy & Engineering.

Matchtech offered a 'CV surgery' when it exhibited at Civils last year. This year there is no formal surgery, but Bowler says anyone who wants advice on their CV will be welcome to turn up on the stand and ask a member of Matchtech staff.

Resourcing Solutions Resourcing Solutions specialises in recruitment of permanent and contract staff for the infrastructure, engineering and construction sectors.

The company works in the private and public sectors.

The firm operates across the UK and its 75 staff placed £24M worth of contracts last year. It claims to be able to source 'highdemand individuals with rare and highly sought after skills' in a market beset by skills shortages.

Sourcing of new staff is done on a consultancy footing rather than a man buying basis. Resourcing Solutions has just won a three year framework contract with Amec's building and facilities management division, which is growing at 10% a year. It expects to be providing between 300 and 500 new permanent members of staff for the company per annum.

At Civils, Resourcing Solutions plans to unveil new civil engineering skills research.

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