BUSINESS UPDATE

AXA deal enables insurer to become one of the first to offer broader legal services

Arc has been appointed as the sole manager and administrator of AXA Insurance's (AXA) personal legal expenses account. Arc's unique model also enables the insurer to become one of the first companies to offer a wider range of legal services ahead of the implementation of the Government's Legal Services Bill 2006.

By working with its strategic legal partners Arc enables AXA to offer both insured legal costs cover and a range of uninsured legal services to its customers.

Arc will administer over ½ million personal legal expenses policies, which will be underwritten by Arc's strategic partner, Inter Partner Assistance SA, the 'underwriting provision' arm of AXA Assistance.

Arc expands into Irish market

Arc has announced its launch into the Irish legal expense market, with a deal to provide a suite of personal and motor legal expenses products to AXA Ireland.

Arc will provide a residential landlord legal expenses cover that will form an integral part of AXA's residential landlords' buildings policy, called Release. The cover will provide legal assistance to landlords when dealing with defaulting tenants and includes representation at the Private Residential Tenancy Board's arbitration proceedings and to cover any resulting legal costs of court action, which is a first for the Irish market.

Arc will also provide family legal expenses and identity theft cover as part of AXA's high net worth household cover called Excellence. The third product will see Arc provide motor legal expenses for small commercial vehicles as part of AXA'S Advance product.

Arc launches first tax protection scheme

Arc has launched its first tax protection scheme for the National Landlord Association (NLA) in partnership with their brokers, Hamilton Fraser. The scheme will offer cover for the professional fees associated with Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise investigations. The policy will cover Full Enquiries, Aspect Enquires and VAT Disputes.

Arc already works with Hamilton Fraser and the NLA providing property infringement and criminal prosecution defence cover and indemnity for the legal costs associated with squatters' unlawful entry to landlord properties.

Arc cover supports growth of Quoteline Direct's buy to let business

Arc has been appointed by Quoteline Direct to provide landlord legal expenses and rental guarantee cover, which will support the growth of the brokers' buy-to-let business. The move makes it one of a small number of brokers who have integrated legal costs cover within a standard buildings insurance cover for residential landlord clients.

The tailored product will provide legal costs cover for tenancy disputes; defence of prosecution brought against landlords; property infringement cover and rental guarantee for tenant defaults.

Arc appointed by Cougar Underwriting to provide Business Legal Costs

Arc has been appointed by Cougar Underwriting Plc to provide business legal costs, enabling them to offer a full package of services. Arc's product will include a legal helpline, employment cover and tax cover.

Arc appoints underwriting manager

Arc have appointed Sarah Dyer to the newly created position of Underwriting Manager. Sarah has extensive underwriting and legal expenses experience and will be responsible for the overall operation and management of all aspects of the underwriting process. Sarah joins Arc from Capita Insurance Services where she was Assistant Underwriting Manager for the legal expenses business.

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