Legal protection insurance
What is legal protection insurance?
Legal protection insurance, also known as legal expenses insurance, gives smaller organisations the legal support necessary to cover commercial legal affairs as efficiently as large organisations that have in-house legal teams.
- IR35 and tax enquiries
- Legal advice helpline
- Compensation awards
- Certain legal disputes
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Our specialist cover includes free access to expert tax advice helpline, DAS employment manual and the DAS BusinessLaw online database.
Benefits of legal protection insurance
Protection for your employees
Tax enquiries, employees being summoned for jury duty, damage to property caused by trespassers – these all come with costs. Cover yourself and employees from the many events that can occur with commercial legal protection.
Protection for business owners
Accidents such as dismissing employees without following the correct procedure or incorrect tax returns can lead to legal action. We cover payments for court fees, inquiry expenses and court attendance costs to cover you if a claim is made.
Protection from costly disputes and inquiries
Should you be faced with VAT disputes, tax enquiries, compliance disputes with the HMRC, or needing help from tax consultants, we will cover all payments necessary to help you get back to business.
Legal protection services
Find out about the services included.
Legal advice service
Legal advisors will provide confidential legal advice over the phone on any commercial legal problem affecting your business, under the laws of any European Union country, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Switzerland and Norway. The Legal Advice helpline aims to provide immediate advice from a qualified legal advisor.
The legal advisors provide advice on the laws of England and Wales 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For advice sought about an area of law beyond this jurisdiction, or in respect of very specialist matters, you'll be referred to a specialist advisors. This will include European law and certain areas of law for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Specialist advice is provided 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public and bank holidays. If calls are made outside these times, they will call you back.
Tax advice service
Tax advisors offer confidential advice over the phone on any tax matters affecting the business, under the laws of the United Kingdom. Tax advice is provided by tax advisors 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public and bank holidays. If calls are made outside these times, we will call you back.
Counsellors will provide your employees (including any members of their immediate family who permanently live with them) with a confidential counselling service over the phone including, where appropriate, onward referral to relevant voluntary and/or professional services.
The counselling service helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Note that any costs arising from the use of these referral services are not covered by the insurance.
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Legal protection insurance FAQs
Legal protection insurance, also known as legal expenses and commercial legal protection, gives businesses access to legal expertise in the area of disputes. This means that businesses without specialist in-house legal expertise in this area have legal support on standby, in the even of a dispute.
The support offered by legal protection insurance covers a range of types of business dispute, including claims against your business, disputes launched by your business against third parties (e.g. clients or suppliers). It also includes legal support in relation to tax disputes, which is particularly useful for self-employed professionals.
The law is there to protect you and those around you, but it’s not always easy to decipher who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong, or to defend your corner effectively. And there are plenty of grey areas. That’s why if you find yourself caught up in some kind of legal dispute, you’re likely to need some expert advice from a professional. Here’s just a couple of situations where commercial legal cover would come in handy.
- Employment disputes are extremely common in the workplace, and they can occur whenever an employee feels they haven’t been treated fairly, or contrary to employment regulations. One example is if a former employee makes a claim of constructive dismissal against your business, or if you didn’t go through the correct redundancy procedures. If that happens you’ll be faced with an employment tribunal and all the costs that entails. In that situation, commercial legal cover will provide your business with expert counsel, and cover any legal costs involved.
- A dispute could also occur in the event that a company or individual you’ve entered a contract with does not perform their duties fully or as agreed. For example, imagine a photographer you’ve hired delivers the photographs in the wrong resolution and then permanently deletes the original files leaving you out of pocket and without the photos you paid for. Working out the best way to broach the issue is likely to require legal advice, which could be extremely costly without the right cover to foot the bill.
Customise your cover
To simplify things, we've categorised our covers into three groups: essential covers, professional covers, and management covers. You'll be guided through these different options during the quotation process.
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Authorised by the FCA
The FCA supervises UK financial services firms to protect consumers. We are directly authorised and regulated by the FCA and our Firm Reference Number is 656459. These details can be confirmed on the Financial Services Register at www.fca.org.uk or by calling the FCA on 0845 606 1234.
A-rated financial strength
Our insurance products are underwritten by Standard & Poor’s A-rated financial strength or higher. This means the underwriter has been independently assessed by the world’s leading credit rating provider and found to have a strong capacity to meet financial commitments (pay claims).
Protected by the FSCS
If you are a business with an annual turnover under £1m, charity with an annual income under £1m, or trust with net assets under £1m, then you will be entitled to compensation from the FSCS in the unlikely event we cannot meet our obligations. Full details and further information on the scheme are available at www.fscs.org.uk.