Kathryn Mortimer lo res

Insurers celebrate ruling on BTE non-panel rates

Legal expenses insurers have welcomed this week’s Court of Appeal ruling about the rates they have to pay non-panel firms. On Wednesday the Court of Appeal said before-the-event providers have to pay an “appropriate” rate to ensure policyholders have a meaningful freedom of choice of solicitor.

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BTE insurers need only pay non-panel firms “appropriate” rate, says appeal court

Legal expenses insurers are obliged to pay non-panel law firms an “appropriate” rate – but no more – to ensure policyholders have a meaningful freedom of choice of solicitor, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.

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Helen Grant

Whiplash proposals target fraudulent claims with increase in RTA small claims limit to £5,000

The government has today finally unveiled its long-awaited consultation on increasing the small claims limit for road traffic personal injury cases from £1,000 to £5,000, a move that would decimate the workload of many law firms. It has also proposed creating independent medical panels to diagnose whiplash.

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Phil Bellamy

BTE will not take up the slack from LASPO reforms, warns insurer

Government hopes that before-the-event legal expenses insurance will take up the slack left by legal aid cuts and the end of recoverability – and that its cost will fall – are wide of the mark, a leading insurer has warned.

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Lesley Attu

ARAG scores market first by adding crisis PR support to legal expenses cover

Legal expenses insurer ARAG has teamed up with a public relations firm specialising in crisis communications to offer interested customer groups media relations support as part of their policies.

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Marie-Emmanuelle Schiltz

Legal expenses insurers “in pole position” as customers call for legal services 2.0

Legal protection insurers are best placed to meet the needs of this new generation of internet savvy, self-directed customers, according to the new president of RIAD – the International Association of Legal Protection Insurance.

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Andy Talbot Arag

ARAG adds Oak Underwriting to enhanced offering for high net-worth portfolio

ARAG, a Litigation Futures Associate, has announced a new partnership with specialist high net-worth (HNW) insurer Oak Underwriting to provide legal expenses and home emergency assistance insurance to its HNW portfolio.

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Andy Talbot Arag

ARAG gears up for tax fee protection drive

Legal expenses insurer ARAG is targeting growth in the fee protection insurance market after entering into a partnership with Jim Hoyle, formerly of HLI Insurance Brokers (part of the CCV/Towergate Group).

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