By David Chase, Deputy Underwriting Manager
We believe that finding the right partner at the right time enables you and your client to share risk effectively. But how do you find the right partner? We suggest you take your time to build a relationship with your ATE/ litigation insurance provider, before you first insure a case with them, so that you both have a better understanding of how to help each other. We think that when you are looking for the right insurance and funding partner, there are seven important things to keep in mind.
Firstly, look at the bigger picture. Can the insurer and funder give you material to increase you and your client’s awareness and understanding of the available products? Do they have a client guide or worked examples for pricing? Do they have useful FAQs that answer your client’s questions? Seek out evidence of service delivery such as case studies and testimonials.
Secondly, litigation insurance and disbursement funding enables you to protect your client from ruin. Not many of us could afford to leave our homes or our businesses uninsured. Can your clients afford to leave their cases uninsured? You need to look for an insurer who covers both the risk of having to pay the opponent’s costs, and the risk of not recovering your client’s own disbursements in the event of a loss. What is their record for paying claims, is it very high? You need to know that, if the worst happens, your client need not worry.
Thirdly, ask for a tailored service. You want underwriters who understand the cases you send them and you want solutions that work for all of those cases. If there is a wrinkle in the quote, challenge your provider to reconsider and offer a better, practical solution. It may save time to identify with your clients in advance what their deal-breakers are, and communicate them to the underwriters. Then you can work with the insurer to get the right policy for your client’s case.
Fourthly, is the case in the right place? Are you able to assess the chances of success and are they 60% or better? Have you investigated your case and perhaps concluded pre-action correspondence? Are you close to issue, but up against it in terms of meeting the limitation date? Start your search for insurance and funding as early as possible.
Fifthly, meet the provider. Ask for a one-hour training / roundtable session from your provider. Use the opportunity to have all your questions answered at once by experts in their field. Have some live case examples ready and expect to work through some indicative pricing.
Sixthly, how can you bridge the funding gap? Look for an FCA regulated provider with disbursement funding available through a seamless online system at a market leading interest rate. We believe that disbursement funding can get cases going quicker. A disbursement funding interest calculator could demonstrate to your clients quickly how much it might cost based on the amount of the loan and the length of the loan.
Lastly, we believe solid and steady wins the race. It is worthwhile checking who provides the insurance capacity for the litigation – who are the Insurer named on the insurance policy, are they UK based? Further, does your provider have “A-rated” capacity? Is the provider FCA regulated for both their litigation insurance and disbursement funding? Also do they have a proven reputation over considerable time – do they show that they listen to their client’s needs and also pay a claim when the case loses?
The benefits of dealing with Temple include:
- UK based “A-rated” insurance capacity with our partner RSA;
- Fully FCA regulated for both ATE insurance and disbursement funding;
- Ability to speak directly with expert decision makers;
- Fully deferred and contingent ATE premiums; and our comprehensive cover includes interim costs and mediator’s fees.
- Eligibility to apply for disbursement funding for every case insured by Temple, all dealt with in-house, and a market leading interest rate of 10%.
- Record of paying 97% of all claims submitted.
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David is the Deputy Underwriting Manager in Temple’s Commercial Department who partners with solicitors and brokers to provide litigation (ATE) insurance and funding solutions to businesses and individuals.
Having started his career in ATE insurance in 2006 at FirstAssist, David gained experience in litigation funding as an analyst at Burford Capital, before joining Temple Legal Protection in late 2013. Having worked for over 12 years in this evolving market, David knows what drives customers and he understands that it is how well you connect with the people you are trying to help that makes you succeed.
David has helped hundreds of customers and has worked with many of the leading law firms in the British Isles. He has extensive and varied experience in risk analysis, case management and long-term relationship management. One of David’s specialisms is his management of our fully-delegated schemes, a responsibility which plays an integral part in the retention of Temple’s partnerships with many leading and specialist commercial law firms.
In his role as Deputy Underwriting Manager, David considers a very wide variety of non-injury litigation including all types of commercial litigation, group actions, professional negligence cases, insolvency actions and contentious probate. He combines strategic activities – evaluating developments such as the impact of ADR on the commercial litigation sector – with expert underwriting in order to assist customers in making efficient and timely use of our litigation (ATE) insurance and funding products.
He continues to work towards his qualifications as a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
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