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Direct Line Group has acquired DLG Legal Services, the Leeds-based law firm, from joint venture partner Parabis Law for a nominal sum.
Direct Line is to set up a new law firm called DLG Legal Services, using legal advice and claims management services from 100 lawyers at Parabis Law.
Direct Line has announced plans to expand the 950-strong workforce at its insurance operation in Glasgow with 160 new jobs over the next 12 months.
Direct Line has confirmed plans to relocate about 900 staff from three Glasgow offices to Atlantic Quay by next spring, and 200 new jobs will be created at the site by 2008.
Direct Line is to create more than 250 call centre jobs at its Green Flag vehicle recovery business in Pudsey and Leeds.
Direct Line is to set up a £50m internet site to sell cars and motor accessories, and is seeking partnerships with existing motoring suppliers.
Direct Line is to acquire the Green Flag vehicle recovery business from Cendant for £220m, and will combine it with its Direct Line Rescue operation.