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Legal expenses

We know that legal disputes can be catastrophic for professionals and businesses.

That's why we provide insurance and expert legal advice to keep you covered when the unexpected happens.

Why Markel?

  • The UK’s premier supplier of legal expenses insurance to the SME, commercial mid-corporate and corporate market
  • For over 25 years, our vision has been to provide the complete solution to our customers’ everyday legal needs
  • Through the unique combination of our underwriting heritage, and our award-winning, in-house law firm, we have more than 50 professionally qualified lawyers and barristers handling around 500 calls a day. Of which, around 1% result in litigation thanks to our expert advice.

What does legal expenses insurance cover?

Markel UK provides market-leading commercial before the event (BTE) legal expenses insurance (LEI), and has deep knowledge of this often-complex product niche. Our sections of cover include:
  • Employment disputes
  • Employment compensation awards
  • Property and landlord and tenant disputes
  • Criminal defence
  • Interview under caution
  • Tax protection
  • Aspect enquiry
  • Current tax year
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Court attendance costs
  • Employee extra protection
  • Negotiations cover
  • Contract disputes
  • Restrictive covenant
  • Crisis communication
  • Construction contractors disputes
  • Transport disputes

Who is this for?

Our legal expenses insurance provides solutions for a wide range of businesses and industries. We offer specialist covers designed for:


Our insurance covers the cost of legal expenses and provides professional legal advice and representation arising from a range of commercial disputes.

Care and Charity

Our insurance provides bespoke cover benefits and access to solicitors who work exclusively on care employment and regulatory law.


Covering construction companies against disputes arising from small and large-scale building projects

Fitness to practise

Protects against standard industry risks and provides specific cover for statutory licence disputes.


Safeguarding against operators' licence disputes and other haulage industry disputes.


Guarding against property, land and other disputes common to rural landowners and businesses.

Property owners

Protection for non-commercial property owners looking to safeguard against tenant and builder disputes.

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Additional services*

Clients also have access to additional services to help policyholders navigate everyday challenges. Depending on your coverage, you can opt in or add services you need for an additional cost.

Business and legal helpline

Markel’s in-house team of lawyers offers advice on everyday legal and employment matters such as GDPR and disclosure, contractual queries and employment disciplinary.

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