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Arc Legal Assistance (Arc Legal), a leading provider of specialist legal expenses and add-on insurance products in the UK and Republic of Ireland, has appointed Peter Harvey as Head of Business – Ireland, with responsibility for all aspects of Arc Legal’s Irish operations.

He assumes his new role as the firm opens a new branch in the Republic of Ireland, to support the growth of its business in the North and South. Peter will be dedicated to managing Arc Legal’s existing business in Ireland and growing its market presence.

Harvey, joins Arc Legal from Arthur J Gallagher, where he was responsible for the firm’s Northern Ireland personal lines business. Before Gallagher, Peter was Insurer Relationship Manager for Swinton’s ‘Open & Direct’ brand in Northern Ireland.

In addition to Legal Expenses Insurance, Arc Legal has recently developed a full suite of add-on insurance products for the Irish market, including breakdown assistance, personal accident, key cover and windscreen insurance, allowing the Irish insurance market to consolidate their ancillary product range through one provider.

Richard Finan, Director of Distribution at Arc Legal said:

“We were delighted that Peter agreed to come and join us. He is a quality individual that we have worked with as a client for a number of years. He is well known and respected and has a significant track record in the insurance market and was the ideal appointment to manage our new Dublin branch.

“We are growing our market share in Ireland with some excellent new business wins and product developments recently. It was the right time for us to invest in a permanent presence to support our clients and to build on our recent success. The Irish market has been dominated by one provider for too long – we now offer a credible and sustainable alternative.”

Speaking about his appointment, Peter Harvey said:

“Arc Legal’s ambitions in Ireland are significant. They have already established a large client base and the range of ancillary products they are now bringing to the local market is considerable – they are clearly a growing force. I look forward to getting started and shaping the company’s growth strategy.”

The appointment follows the recent announcement of a new product partnership with Irish personal lines MGA KennCo Underwriting (KennCo). The deal saw Arc Legal providing legal expenses and motor breakdown assistance insurance to KennCo’s motor and home insurance customers.

Arc Legal’s new Dublin branch is co-located with parent AmTrust International.

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