Willis IRM Group (‘the Group’) is delighted to confirm that is has acquired the specialist Insurance Broker Playle Russell (Special Risks) and its online brand, Thatchline, which is based in Ashurst, Southern England.

Established as an independent, family-run business over 20 years ago, Playle Russell specialises in thatch and private home insurance, which will serve as an excellent addition to the Group’s personal lines departments.

Thatchline is a well-recognised leading online insurance brand, insuring some of the UK’s finest historic buildings, and taking an active interest in protecting specialist properties.

Richard Willis, Willis IRM Group Managing Director said: “The acquisition of Playle Russell (Specialist Risks) and Thatchline complements our existing personal lines and specialist business and supports our ongoing exciting growth plans.

“We’re pleased to welcome Richard Playle, Tom Barclay and Pat Diaper to our wider Willis IRM team. I have no doubt that the experience they will bring to the table will further increase our offering to clients.”

“Despite the challenges of the past year, we are excited about the future with positive times ahead for the Group and our clients. We continue to seek further opportunities to grow our business in the future.”

Richard Playle, Playle Russell (Specialist Risks) added: “The team is very much looking forward to joining the Willis IRM Group. I know the Group share the same values as Playle Russell, particularly in delivering high levels of service and engraining a work ethos into colleagues which revolves around the needs of our clients.

“The breadth of services that Willis IRM provide to clients will greatly enhance the Playle Russell/Thatchline offering.”