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Topic: What challenges and opportunities are facing legal expenses providers amid the Covid-19 pandemic?
Author: Emmanuel Kenning
Contact: [email protected]
Deadline: 10th July

Earlier this year there was a massive increase in calls by policyholders to the legal advice lines offered by legal expenses providers. The calls were from people fearful of losing their jobs as Covid-19 started to impact.
This then dropped off substantially when the government unveiled the furlough scheme.

- The widespread expectation for insurers, brokers, economists is that there will be a recession leading to redundancies. Particularly when furlough unwinds this is expected to lead to another spike in calls.
Is this true and how are firms preparing?

- It is anticipated the spike will be challenging in terms of profitability. It won’t just be employment issues, contracts signed pre-covid will not be being delivered on. While everyone understands why it still won’t stop people suing each other.

- There is lots of demand for legal expenses at the moment but with so many moving parts in society it is challenging to pick the profitable areas to take on.
Is this true, what are providers doing?

- Overall raised awareness should be positive for the sector over the longer term as it’s is traditionally an underknown/bought/appreciated product.

- How have firms dealt with internal and external communications during the Covid-19 crisis?


Topic: How have insurers for the wedding industry responded to the coronavirus pandemic?
Author: Jen Frost
Contact: [email protected]
Deadline: 31st August

The wedding industry in the UK is worth around £10bn, with average spending on a wedding about £27,000.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has seen the cancellation and postponment of weddings up and down the country.

- Are wedding insurers still providing cover?

- How are insurers supporting customers who have had to postpone/cancel their wedding?

- Will existing policies need to be amended or will they remain unchanged?

- Will changes in government acts/regulations e.g travel bans affect whether an individual is covered under their policy?

- Are weddings going ahead with smaller numbers or are people waiting for announcements on larger gatherings?

- How have businesses that cater to the wedding industry been affected?

 

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