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Hugh James, the top 100 UK law firm with offices in Cardiff and London, has signed a long-term agreement with ARAG to use the legal expenses provider’s after-the-event (ATE) insurance products for a broad range of case types, across several practice areas.

The agreement will see ARAG provide ATE insurance for thousands of Hugh James clients each year and marks the culmination of a long-running tender process and negotiation that had to be completed within the constraints of the coronavirus lockdown.

Hugh James will use carefully tailored versions of ARAG’s Recourse Options and Recourse Complete products to insure costs risks in the firm’s clinical negligence, industrial disease and other personal injury cases, as well as for data protection, environmental and various other non-personal injury claims.

Stephen Webber, Divisional Head, Individual Client Services at Hugh James commented,

Financial security and proven products are vital to ensure that, first and foremost our clients, but also our firm remain properly protected. ARAG clearly ticks all of the boxes and has a reputation for delivering great service, so we are looking forward to building a successful partnership with them.


Putting together a matrix of solutions to meet the wide-ranging needs of such a large and successful law firm is always going to be a challenge

added ARAG’s ATE UK Sales Manager, Mike Knight.

So, we are very pleased that we have been able to build a partnership that will help thousands of the firm’s clients.

The market for ATE insurance has coped with long periods of uncertainty and access to justice is coming under even greater pressure now. ARAG is committed to ensuring that people and businesses are not denied justice because they cannot afford to pursue it, and this arrangement will enable Hugh James to do that for thousands of cases.

Notes to Editors
ARAG plc is part of the global ARAG Group, the largest family-owned enterprise in the German insurance industry. Founded in 1935, on the principle that every citizen should be able to assert their legal rights, ARAG now employs more than 4,300 people in 19 countries around the world and generates revenue and premium income totaling almost €1.8 billion.

Operating in the UK since 2006, ARAG plc provides a comprehensive suite of ‘before-the-event’ and ‘after-the-event’ legal insurance products and assistance solutions to protect both businesses and individuals.

Hugh James is a full-service, top 100 UK law firm, offering specialist legal and financial advice. With offices in Cardiff and London, its clients range from businesses, individuals and banks to public sector organisations, property companies, education establishments and utilities providers. It also specialises in a number of sectors, details of which can be found on its website.

Rachael Wornes, Marketing Manager, ARAG UK, 0117 917 1578,
Paul Jacobs, Director, Consultable, 079 0982 1731,

Disclaimer - all information in this article was correct at time of publishing.