Gross written premiums less treaty (2001): £334m

Includes gross written premiums less treaty for:
Great Lakes Reinsurance: £278m
DAS Legal Expenses Insurance: £56m

Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK):

Address: 1 Minster Court, Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7YH

Tel: 020 7929 2893
Fax: 020 7623 5220

History: Great Lakes was orginally formed in Canada. In 1987 a UK subsidiary was established and today all operations are based in London.

Main classes of business: All classes of general insurance

DAS Legal Expenses:

Address: DAS House, Quay Side, Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6NH

Tel: 0117 934 2000
Fax: 0117 934 2109

WEBSITE

E-mail: marketing@das.co.uk

History: Formed in 1975, DAS pioneered the legal expenses insurance market in this country.

The DAS Group in the UK is itself part of DAS International, the Munich-based parent of legal expenses insurance companies in more than a dozen countries throughout Europe.

Chief officer: Paul Asplin

Biography: Asplin joined DAS in 1977 as a junior underwriter, and rose through the rapidly growing organisation until he took on the role of chief executive in April 1999, as the

DAS Group approached its 25th birthday.

He now oversees a group of companies employing more than 500 staff throughout the UK and Ireland, the success of which owes a great deal to his own, personal contribution.

UK branch offices: 6

UK staff: 500

Main classes of business: Legal expenses insurance and assistance