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Fenchurch Law

Fenchurch Law specialise in acting for policyholders in situations where an insurers has refused to provide cover. Working within the background of the London insurance market enables them to provide specialist coverage advice to all types of clients in order to ensure the best possible commercial result is achieved where a coverage issue is disputed.

Fenchurch Law have successfully obtained millions of pounds in insurance settlements for clients in relation to disputes arising under numerous different types of insurance policy but more appropriately professional indemnity insurance.

This is what they have to say, "We have recovered millions of pounds in settlements from insurance companies on behalf of our policyholder clients, and have been involved in several of the most high profile insured losses of the past few years. Almost all of our work involves working together with insurance brokers to resolve disputes between policyholders and insurers, and we are proud to be the only firm of specialist insurance solicitors in the City who exclusively represent policyholders and their brokers.

Although we only represent policyholders and their insurance brokers, all of our team has previous experience of either working as claims adjusters for insurance companies or advising insurers in relation to insurance coverage disputes: experience that we are now able to use to our clients’ advantage."

Berrymans Lace Mawer

Some insurers will offer advice on appointment and warranty documents as well as any other contract documents for a fixed price and will provide a scope of advise ranging from the contract as a whole or simple the insurance elements of it.

This is what they have to say, “We have a well-established reputation within the insurance sector. Our insurance specialists are regularly called upon to advise clients in relation to policy drafting, scope of coverage and indemnity issues, including issues of non-disclosure, misrepresentation and fraud. Our professional indemnity team is described in Chambers & Partners as having 'a strong reputation in the professional indemnity arena.' Expertise covers the widest possible selection of professions, going beyond the traditional core of solicitors and accountants to include barristers, surveyors, engineering professionals, insurance brokers and estate agents.

What makes us unique is the breadth of expertise: we combine a genuinely national and international capability with breadth and depth of experience. (FTSE 100 companies and government departments). They come to us for a market-leading service that has expertise, innovation and awareness of commercial realities as its cornerstones.”

Simpson Marwick

Simpson & Marwick will provide a fixed price warranty and appointment review at whatever level you require including offering suggested changes to legal wording to protect your interest from wording designed to lessen your exposed liability.

This is what they have to say, “Ranked in the top band by both Chambers Legal Guide and the Legal 500, we act for many insurers, underwriters and brokers in the Lloyd's market including RSA, Norwich Union, Zurich, Hiscox, Markel and Canopius. We also receive instructions directly from professionals. Although we act in a large number of high value cases we do our best to make sure that neither the claims nor our clients make the headlines.

We are also standing advisers to the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and are panel solicitors for the Law Society of Scotland. In addition to our strong Scottish presence the team regularly meets and advises clients from our London office”

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC, combine in-depth sector knowledge with astute commercial awareness and global reach and are able to provide a risk management services for IT companies, including their contract review service.

This is what they have to say, “We are agile, progressive and easy to engage with. Our flexible approach to resourcing enables us to apply the right mix of legal, commercial and process skills to deliver the right outcome at the right price, depending on our clients’ individual needs”

Some of DAC’s service examples include:

  • A "Legal MOT" service, which for a one-off fee analyses tech companies' legal risks and suggests solutions how to mitigate them (e.g. by putting in place standard terms and conditions for suppliers or employment contracts, if there are none). The standard MOT costs include the provision of template contracts (an NDA, a professional services engagement letter and a consultancy contract) as well as advice on how the business’ standard contracts can be improved and how IP can be better protected.
  • A "Legal Helpdesk" service, which provides continuous legal quality assurance for a fixed monthly fee. The Legal Helpdesk is one of our most popular products. It covers an unlimited number of legal queries (covering any legal area) of up to 3 hours. This gives the business the confidence to pick up the phone and give us a call about a wide range of matters, knowing that they are not "on the clock". As such, we become prevention rather than the cure, because we are able to steer our clients away from legal problems. The Legal Helpdesk has another benefit: if it looks like a matter may exceed 3 hours, we offer a quote for the job at preferential rates. The scale of the product can be adjusted to meet requirements and costs constraints (for example, by limiting the numbers of queries, number of hours or practice areas).
  • A "Source Code Analysis" service, designed to review the source code of the software for open source code which is subject to licensing conditions which make any product into which the code is incorporated also open source. The effect would be that the software developer would not own the IP and would therefore be in breach of its warranty as to IP ownership. In our view this is a major concern as most in-house software is "infected" by open source code (particularly software from small or medium sized developers). Some open source code is dangerous and some is harmless. By addressing this risk early, the developer can extract and replace any dangerous open source code, and retain any harmless open source code.

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