GWP less treaty: £425.8m


Temple Court, 11 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4TP

t: 020 7528 6200

Year established: 1920 (for general insurance)

Subsidiaries: Gresham Insurance

Major shareholders: 66.9% of shareholders are individuals (Legal & General Group)

Main lines of business: Personal lines insurance: buildings, contents insurance; private healthcare; travel; mortgage payment protection and motor.

Number of UK employees (2003): Over 8,000 (Legal & General Group)

Company history:

Legal & General Assurance Society was formed by six members of the legal profession in 1836 and started to offer general insurance in 1920. Legal & General Group was established in 1979. In 1995, Legal & General was the first insurance company to launch a website.

Legal & General now sells its products through a range of distribution channels, including intermediaries, IFAs, direct, business partners and strategic alliances such as Barclays.

Chief officer: Ian Viney, managing director of Legal & General Insurance.