Judge blasts Equity's 'insouciance' despite legal win on BTE lawyer choice

Michael Webster

The court confirmed last week that insurers have only to offer "appropriate" rates to non-panel law firms to avoid hindering the policyholder's right to choose their own lawyer. The decision followed a lengthy legal battle between Equity Syndicate Management and law firm Webster Dixon, after a claimant's solicitor moved from a panel to a non-panel firm in two separate cases. In a third case, the insured had opted to appoint Webster Dixon from the outset instead of one of the insurer's panel