Dozens of fraud specialists have been drafted in for a new centre of excellence in its Birmingham office.

Insurance and risk law specialist BLM has established a fraud centre with more than 35 fraud specialists, handling several thousand fraud instructions every year.

The centre will investigate policyholder fraud, bogus claims, exaggerated injury, staged accidents and complex large-scale fraud cases.

BLM employs more than 150 people in all at its office on Temple Row.

The fraud team has already taken part in BBC fraud documentary Claimed & Shamed.

Mike Dobson, partner and head of BLM’s Birmingham office said: “Birmingham has always been a key location for BLM and the creation of this centre of excellence underlines the city’s credentials in supporting our growth, and also our commitment to the region.”

Sarah Hill, head of the fraud practice group at BLM said: “The insurance industry is committed in the battle against fraud and our team remains determined to support and lead the industry in overcoming this problem.

“BLM is an ambitious firm and has been open about its vision to become recognised as one of the leading global insurance and risk law specialists by 2020. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the industry’s most preeminent insurance companies and we are proud to be able to lead the way with our centre of excellence.”

Over the past two years BLM has combined with two other law firms – HBM Sayers in Scotland and Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors in Ireland, widening its reach.