Elite Insurance is to rejoin the Association of British Insurers (ABI), having quit the organisation in June 2011 over its lack of support for legal expenses insurers.
Chief executive Jason Smart said: “Elite stands by its decision to have left the ABI at a time when the legal expenses insurance industry was in turmoil and someone needed to make a stand. We made our point and we made it well. Now, however, we must acknowledge that as a rapidly expanding general insurer also, it is time to stand alongside our competitors in the ABI arena.”
Elite’s general insurance arm accounted for over 50% of the premium income generated in the last financial year.
Meanwhile, Elite – a Litigation Futures sponsor – has launched the ‘Elite Seven Series’ in conjunction with top rugby club Northampton Saints, which it also sponsors. The series hopes to encourage potential rugby stars now that rugby sevens has become an Olympic sport.
Starting in February 2013 for under-13s, four regional tournaments will be held in Northampton, Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, with the top two teams in each event to compete in the finals at the Saints’ home, Franklin Gardens, the following month.
Schools and club teams across the region that take part will benefit from free ‘coach the coach’ sessions for staff members, as well as player coaching from the Saints team, fully qualified referees and branded shirts for each player.