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Making an application

To help us to process your application as quickly as possible, some essential information and documentation is required.

Make sure you have fully completed and signed the application form:

Completing as much information on the application form as possible, allows us to more quickly gain a clear idea of the nature of the litigation, the costs involved, the opponent’s position, possible timescales, and level of cover required.

Make sure you attach a short case summary

This is an opportunity for you to provide us with details of the case and outline your strategy. This helps our risk assessors to understand how the case is intended to be approached, and to assess the merits of the case.

Make sure you attach any protocol letters and any responses

The letter of the claim, and any responses, enables us to understand the basis of your client’s claim better, whilst also giving us an idea of what the other side’s position is. This gives us a more informed initial overview of the litigation, and assists our risk assessors in accurately assessing the nature of the case.

Make sure you have attached a counsel’s opinion

Counsel’s opinion on the merits of the case can be key when submitting a proposal for cover. We do not necessarily require the opinion to include a specific percentage indication of the prospects of success, but it should set out the merits and possible pitfalls of the case and the strategies to overcome those pitfalls. Counsel will need to be an appropriately experienced expert in the area of litigation you are perusing.

Once the information we need has been received, your case will be reviewed by one of our legally qualified risk assessors. They will aim to respond to the application for cover within 10 working days. Missing documentation or information may well delay our being able to deal substantively.

Expert underwriters and specialist support at your side

Our people have made Markel a market leader in the provision of legal expenses insurance for UK business and professionals. Our expert team take pride in understanding each case and risk in its own right and creating the best policy, with the right cover, at the right premium, to meet your clients' needs.

Meet our people

Paul Webster – Director ATE Services
Call: 020 8730 2874

Ravinder Gill – Solicitor and Senior Underwriter
Call: 020 8730 2849

Kaushal Sampat – Senior Business Development Manager
Call: 020 8730 2854

Scott Jarrold – Head of ATE Schemes
Call: 020 8730 2877


Top rated by brokers

Markel UK is rated as the Top UK Commercial Lines Insurer in the Insurance Times five-star rating report 2019/20. Markel is the only insurer to have received a maximum five-star rating in all service factors.

Why should you choose Markel