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Gallagher Bassett Announces New Client Appointment

ITASCA, Ill., Nov 08, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. a subsidiary of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG), has been appointed as a Claims Agent for WorkCover New South Wales (NSW) for an initial term of three years. WorkCover NSW is the provider of workers compensation coverage for employers in the state of New South Wales (Sydney), Australia. Gallagher Bassett will operate within the designated coverage program and will provide claims and policy services to employers insured by WorkCover NSW.

Richard J. McKenna, President of Gallagher Bassett, stated, "This appointment is the result of our International Management team's hard work and dedication. We salute the efforts of our Australian management group. The due diligence process undertaken by WorkCover NSW was the most thorough and intensive protocol that Gallagher Bassett has faced. This appointment clearly demonstrates our commitment to the Australian marketplace and continues our international expansion in a controlled and steady fashion. We look forward to providing WorkCover NSW with the same high-quality, customer-oriented services associated with Gallagher Bassett today."

Gallagher Bassett is a full-service property/casualty third-party administrator headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, with more than 130 offices operating in North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information about Gallagher Bassett, visit its website at www.gallagherbassett.com.

SOURCE: Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. Richard J. McKenna, 630-773-3800