16 November 2012Print This Post

TheJudge launches integrated funding and insurance product for smaller business disputes

Amey: Conn3ct delivers a lifeline for clients

Leading litigation funding broker TheJudge has launched a bespoke funding service for smaller business disputes that combines after-the-event (ATE) insurance cover and low-cost litigation funding.

The Conn3ct facility offers “far leaner pricing models” than traditional big-ticket third-party funding, reflecting both the lower financial risk and often faster litigation timetable associated with smaller commercial and professional negligence claims.

TheJudge argues that claimants involved in non-injury litigation will be hardest hit by the Jackson reforms from next April, and practitioners will have to decide whether smaller-value commercial and civil claims are economical to pursue, especially given the limited availability to date of litigation funding products aimed at smaller commercial claims has to date been limited.

The company argued that Conn3ct is superior because it involves shopping around for cover, and provides exclusive access to some funders.

Director Matthew Amey said: “For litigators handling small and medium-sized business and professional negligence disputes, Conn3ct delivers a lifeline for clients who need litigation finance support, but whose cases don’t allow for the large cost normally associated with litigation funding.”

Senior broker Helen Smith added: “A key advantage of Conn3ct is that the client is free to pick and mix what funding or ATE insurance cover they require. Conn3ct is supported by multiple-capacity providers, so in addition to having various options, clients can be sure that competitive market testing is undertaken before they sign up to a given deal.

“We will undoubtedly see more combined insurance and funding packages in future, but only through real market comparisons can clients be sure their terms are competitive.”

Conn3ct follows the launch of TheJudge’s “Insolv3ncy” service, which is specifically designed to provide insolvency practitioners with low-cost funding solutions to maximise creditors’ recovery. The appeal of Insolv3ncy was bolstered by the government’s announcement to defer abolishing success fee and ATE premium recoverability for insolvency cases.

By Neil Rose