DAS UK chosen by Smith Partnership for Clinical Negligence product


DAS UK Group, the UK’s leading provider of ATE insurance, has been chosen by Smith Partnership to provide a bespoke Clinical Negligence product for the practice’s clients.

With six offices across the Midlands, Smith Partnership is recognised by the Legal 500 as one of the UK’s leading clinical negligence firms, having worked on a wide variety of claims in areas such as delayed diagnosis or treatment; incorrect diagnosis; dental negligence; and hospital or care home neglect.

DAS UK, which has provided ATE in over 30,000 clinical negligence cases, has developed a bespoke product with a flexible pricing structure as well as delegated authority. The product will provide coverage in areas such as:

  • Disbursements and barrister’s fees
  • Opponent’s costs
  • Liability for the recoverable element and non-recoverable element of the premium for the policy if the client should lose their case
  • Liability for the recoverable element of the premium for the policy if the client wins and cannot recover it in full or part from the opponent

Anna McLeod, Partner, Smith Partnership, said: “I am delighted to be able to offer our clients the financial protection and peace of mind that DAS UK’s ATE product provides. The relationship between high quality legal advice and comprehensive financial cover will benefit our clients for many years to come.”

John Durbin, ATE Sales & Business Development Manager, DAS UK Group, said: “It’s always pleasing when a law firm with the quality and expertise such as Smith Partnership makes the decision to partner with us and we’re excited by how this working relationship will grow over the coming years.”

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About DAS Group

The DAS UK Group comprises an insurance company (DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Ltd), a law firm (DAS Law), and an after the event (ATE) legal expenses division.

DAS UK introduced legal expenses insurance (LEI) in 1975, protecting individuals and businesses against the unforeseen costs involved in a legal dispute. In 2018 it wrote more than seven million policies.

 The company offers a range of insurance and assistance add-on products suitable for landlords, homeowners, motorists, groups and business owners, while it’s after the event legal expenses insurance division offers civil litigation, clinical negligence and personal injury products. In 2013, DAS also acquired its own law firm – DAS Law – enabling it to leverage the firm’s expertise to provide its customers with access to legal advice and representation.

 DAS UK is part of the ERGO Group, one of Europe’s largest insurance groups (the majority shareholder in ERGO is Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers).