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ABS race underway 25 June 2007 The first step in the race for market prominence once alternate business structures can offer legal services after implementation of the Legal Services Bill may have taken place. On 21 June Arc Legal Assistance (Arc) that it had been appointed as sole manager and administrator of AXA Insurance’s (AXA) personal legal expenses account. Under the arrangement, Arc will provide personal legal expense products and 24-hour legal helplines for customers of AXA relating to a variety of issues including property, consumer and employment disputes. Access to legal services such as will writing and conveyancing will also be available to AXA’s customers at discounted rates. Arc provides of legal costs insurance products and related services across a range of litigation areas. ??It also offers a range of uninsured legal services, through its referrals to its panel of solicitors, including will writing, conveyancing, pre-marital agreements, divorce, tax planning, and probate services for individuals and contract drafting and employment advice for businesses and a legal telephone advice service. Richard Finan, Director of Arc said: “This is a significant development for Arc and for the market as a whole. Our business model takes the provision of legal services beyond the basic insurance and helpline proposition offered by the traditional LEI market. Whilst other LEI providers may aspire in the longer term to provide broader legal services, their proposed in-house development models do not in our view, compete with our model, based on working in partnership with top quality independent law firms, with proven service delivery across the full spectrum of legal services.” “Whilst the rest of the market prepares for the implementation of the Legal Services Bill, Arc is offering businesses the opportunity to deliver these services now”, Finan added. AXA’s existing client base will be migrated to AXA Assistance and Arc starting from 1 July and completed within 12 months

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