Real weight of snow

A property developer, Fife contacted our claims consultant Alastair Dewar when their show room collapsed due to severe weather and asbestos contamination affected the redevelopment of it.


  • The property developers showrooms collapsed after heavy snow fall
  •  Snow wasn’t the only cause – asbestos contamination was discovered
  • In the Insurers opinion no loss had taken place apart from debris and site clearance


Due to the problems the business faced, they asked for Alastair’s help several months after the incident had occurred.

Alastair worked with the insurer and brokers to fully understand the claim and introduced a chartered surveyor who identified the extent of the damage. This resulted in agreement for the claim to be based on reinstating the building.


Alastair secured a successful settlement of the claim and recovery of the business. The building was reinstated including costs to upgrade to satisfy current building regulations.

By taking the lead of the negations with the insurer, Alastair managed to secure a cash settlement to accommodate his client’s future developments. 

What the client said: ‘I found the service provided by Alastair helpful and very professional, carried out to the highest standard possible, culminating in a very satisfactory conclusion. Thanks again’

What the broker said: “I know we could have not achieved the settlement without your services and many thanks for this. Client is absolutely delighted”.