Motor Legal Expenses

A recent study undertaken by the Financial Conduct Authority (the body with responsibility for regulating financial and insurance related activity) found that whilst Legal Expenses are ‘useful’ for customers, there is an overall lack of understanding as to what they provide cover for.

This page is designed to provide additional information on some of the key benefits of our Motor Legal Expenses and dispel some of the myths.

What is a Legal Expenses policy?

Motor Legal Expenses packages together the services to enable you to recover uninsured losses and pursue legal rights following a road traffic accident from the at-fault driver. It also provides access to a legal helpline and representation for a driver being prosecuted for a motor related criminal offence.

Why is Motor Legal Expenses so important?

In April 2013, new legislation was passed, which means that if you do not have Motor Legal Expenses, any solicitor/law firm acting on your behalf, may enter into an agreement with you, whereby, they can take up to 25% of the damages awarded to you in the event of a personal injury claim and up to 50% for all other losses. Our Motor Legal Expenses ensures that no deductions will be taken from your or any passengers, settlement.

So is Legal Expenses just access to a policy?

No, our Motor Legal Expenses is sold to provide not only a policy but also access to a customer focused claims service, delivered by ALPS Legal Practice, to support you following a road traffic accident (see overleaf for further details).

We have worked extremely hard to ensure that our Motor Legal Expenses policy provides comprehensive cover for you and any passengers. Now you have more information regarding the importance of Motor Legal Expenses, here’s some detail on the level of protection afforded:

£100,000 Limit of Indemnity

The policy provides up to £100,000 of cover throughout the period of insurance.

EU Territory Cover

Cover is extended beyond UK territory limits to provide peace of mind when driving across the European Union.

Motor Prosecution Defence

Cover if you are at risk of your licence being revoked or suspended, due to criminal prosecution, brought about by a motoring offence (subject to reasonable prospects of success).

Motor Contract Disputes

Cover to pursue or defend legal action relating to a dispute over a contract relating to the sale or purchase of goods and services relating to the vehicle including the vehicle itself.

Cover for Drivers & Passengers

Not all Motor Legal Expense policies provide complete protection for both the driver and any passengers. We are committed to ensuring that the driver and any passengers involved have access to the most appropriate level of support.

Access to ALPS Legal Practice Claims Service

In addition to the protection offered by your Motor Legal Expenses policy, you have access to an award winning team of dedicated professionals who will guide you through every step of the claims process, ensuring you are kept fully up to date with progress on your claim and carrying out liaison with all parties involved in the claims process.

Below is a summary of the range of services which may be provided to you:

  • 24/7 claim reporting line
  • Specialist legal adviceline
  • Calls answered within ten seconds
  • Dedicated claims handler manages your claim from start to finish
  • All liaison with insurers carried out of your behalf
  • You choose how we communicate with you
  • Pro-active updates on the progress of your claim
  • Like for like replacement vehicles
  • Choice of repair options
  • Recovery of uninsured losses
  • All aspects of the claim handled under one roof
  • Injury compensation for the driver and passengers

Please contact Graham Sykes Insurance for further details.