Legal expenses insurer Temple Legal Protection has opened its first branch office – in Bristol – after hiring Phil Bellamy, the former group underwriting, ATE and special risks manager at DAS.
Last week Mr Bellamy – now Temple’s underwriting director – spoke out about his departure from DAS  after claiming that the company had breached a confidentiality agreement not to discuss it publicly.
The Temple office will focus in particular on building the commercial and clinical negligence litigation areas of the business. The Guildford-based company – which said it is responsible for underwriting more than £50m of legal expenses insurance a year – added that it was looking to recruit more legal expenses specialists to the office.
Managing director Chris Wait said: “We have strong relationships with law firms and brokers throughout the south-west region. As a company, we place a strong emphasis on working closely with our clients to help them get the best financial protection from our products.
“Our Bristol location gives us excellent opportunities to further develop our services in response to the needs of our clients in this area.”
Mr Bellamy said: “I had a number of interesting opportunities to explore but chose Temple as they have an excellent reputation among law firms for providing robust insurance products that enable companies and individuals to afford to litigate.
“What sets them apart from others is their service-led culture and their ability to adapt. I’m looking forward to being part of such a dynamic team, and joining their board. As a local man, I am personally delighted that Temple have chosen to expand into the south-west.”