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DAS UK Group (DAS UK), the UK’s leading specialist legal expenses insurer, has published its financial results for the year ending 31st December 2019. DAS UK includes a legal expenses insurance company and a law firm (DAS Law).
2019 saw continued and strong improvement in DAS UK’s performance although the full extent of the underlying improvement was masked by a number of large losses in the large civil ATE portfolio that is in run-off. Excluding the large losses, which were £4m greater than prior year, underlying COR also remained strong.
Andrew Burke, CEO, DAS UK Group said: “In 2019, we consolidated and strengthened the underlying improvement in performance delivered in 2018 and are pleased with the results. The historic large losses in ATE were disappointing but they don’t detract from the strong performance across all our core portfolios.”
Commenting on the outlook for 2020, Andrew Burke said: “Continued growth in BTE remains a primary focus and we expect 2020 to be a strong year in that respect. Our strategy to grow the business through long-term sustainable partnerships where we share a desire to improve customer outcomes is proving to be a resounding success. We have already won a significant amount of new business in 2020 – including Simply Business - and we have a strong pipeline of further opportunities.
“ATE is likely to be more challenging and, whilst we anticipate improved profitability in 2020, growth is less likely given the current market dynamics.
“In terms of bottom line it is still too early to accurately predict the impact of Covid-19 and subsequent economic challenges but it is clear they will be material in 2020 and most probably 2021. Beyond that, I remain very optimistic, in part because the current challenges highlight that protection afforded by legal expense insurance is more relevant than ever.
“We are also part of a strong Group and continue to enjoy the security of a healthy and stable financial position. That combination gives me confidence in our ability to face into whatever challenges come our way. The medium- to long-term future looks very bright!”
In terms of the Covid-19 crisis, DAS UK’s primary objective has always been to protect the welfare and health of its colleagues, particularly those who are classed as vulnerable, whilst continuing to respond to the needs of its customers and business partners in the best way possible. In particular, DAS UK has sought to support the government’s stance and advice during the crisis, balancing this with some of the specific interests of policyholders. For example:
Andrew Burke said: “I am immensely proud of DAS UK’s response to the pandemic. Our primary objective has always been to protect the welfare and health of our colleagues, particularly those who are classed as vulnerable, whilst continuing to respond to the needs of our customers and business partners as best as we can.”
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