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Legal Expense Insurance

Legal expense insurance for employment disputes - You can choose your own lawyer

Legal Expense Insurance (LEI) is a type of insurance which covers the policyholder against the potential costs of legal action and this is often available for employment claims in the employment tribunal.  Interestingly, the concept originated around 1911 as a result of a fatal crash at the famous Le Mans race during which some spectators lost their lives and others were severely injured.  When the victims or their families claimed damages from the insurers of the organisers, their claims were rejected.  They all then contributed to a pool which was used to fund collective action and ultimately, they were successful.  This gave rise to the first LEI policy being developed in France.

If you think you have been unfairly dismissed and you have the benefit of LEI you should contact your insurers immediately.  They are likely to suggest that you use their own panel solicitors but you should be aware that you are not obliged to and can insist that you choose your own solicitor provided that they have the necessary credentials and expertise.

We have been acting for claimants with the benefit of LEI for over 12 years and can therefore provide your insurers with all the necessary credentials and details of our expertise and experience in this area.  Therefore, if you do believe you have a claim and your insurers direct you to their solicitors, please contact us as we may be able to intervene and take up your case on your behalf.

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