We do not currently act for clients on an insurance funded basis in employment law matters. However, many other legal services providers (including those law firms who are on insurance companies’ panels of solicitors) will act for clients on an insurance funded basis in employment law matters.
If your insurer confirms that your cover will apply to your case, they may want you to instruct a firm of solicitors from their elected panel. The insurer is able to do this up until the point where the legal proceedings begin but once they have commenced (e.g. the “claim form” or an ET1 form in an employment law matter issued) or if there is a conflict of interest, you are allowed to choose your own legal representation. This is specified under regulation 6 of the Insurance Companies (Legal Expenses Insurance) Regulations 1990.
Regardless of the timing of your claim (e.g. if you are unhappy with how your appointed panel solicitor is handling your matter), you can request a specific law firm to handle your matter to your insurance company. You are entitled to exercise your freedom of choice to ensure that you have a specialist law firm with whom you feel comfortable representing you.