Gross written premium (1999):

Gross written premium (1999):

Legal and General Group

Year company established:

UK head office:
3 Finsbury Square
tel: 020 7614 2815
fax: 020 7614 2896


Company history:
Legal and General was founded in 1836. Other milestones include:
1919 – non-life business written for the first time
1920 – fire and accident office opens
1991 – the company announces that all its overseas general insurance operations are to be wound down
1992 – new call centre in Dudley
1995 – new joint venture with Woolwich
1996 – Legal and General announces sale of commercial lines business to Guardian with effect from
November 1, 1996
1998 – central administration centre established in Birmingham

Chief officer:
John Castagno, managing director

John Castagno has been managing director of Legal and General HealthCare since September 1999, and became managing director of Legal and General in January 2000. He joined the company in March 1999 as marketing director (protection), from Thomas Cook where he was development director for Global Traveller Services.

Before working for Thomas Cook he was general manager of marketing for Bupa where he was responsible for product and business development as well as market and competitor intelligence.

He has experience of the broader financial services issues and insurance industry having worked for Aetna, Liberty Life and Eagle Star in various capacities ranging from strategic marketing and customer services.

He is responsible for managing the development of Legal & General's range of personal lines and healthcare products

UK branch offices:

UK staff:

UK general insurance agents:

Direct arm:
Legal & General

Main classes of business:
household, contents, healthcare, private car and mortgage payment protection.

Key general insurance personnel:
Gus Gordon, actuary
Ray Facer, underwriting manager
Peter Richmond, head of operations and systems
Craig Staniland, pricing manager
Peter Newnham, finance director