Allianz Legal Protection launches facility to support law firms for disbursement costs

Posted on: 06 December 2016

Allianz Legal Protection (ALP) has launched an innovative solution to support specialist personal injury and clinical negligence law firms. The new initiative allows law firms to receive an immediate benefit from ALP’s after the event insurance (ATE) policy, alleviating the cash flow burden that firms face due to disbursement expenditure.

Extensive research conducted by ALP highlighted the number one issue for a law firm is cash flow, with the amount invested with work in progress restricting growth ambition.

In recognition of the feedback received, ALP has launched its ‘paid as incurred’ model alongside its ATE insurance policy. This enables law firms to make an early claim for costs incurred on disbursements. If the case is subsequently successful then any claim payment made is then repaid once recovered along with the ATE insurance premium.

Unlike funding arrangements, a key feature of the ALP facility is that this is not a loan and not subject to interest or drawdown fees. Instead, it is simply paying disbursements as incurred rather than at case conclusion. This makes the model easier to explain to clients without the need and complexity of getting clients to enter into a consumer credit agreement.

Steve Rowley, business development manager, Allianz Legal Protection, commented: “We’ve always seen it as our role to support the law firm and their clients through the claim and litigation process. Paying disbursements as incurred was a natural evolution in our ATE product offering, especially as we’re starting to see law firms coming under increased cash flow pressure as a result of fixed costs and higher court fees.

“Being part of Allianz, we have the financial strength and technical expertise to help law firms reduce disbursement exposure on their balance sheet. This is not new insurance, just a different approach to working with specialist law firms that enables them to benefit and grow by releasing cash otherwise tied up in their work in progress. In an evolving market, we continue to be at the forefront of delivering innovative, profitable and sustainable ATE solutions for solicitors and specialist brokers.”

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