GWP less treaty: £323m

Legal & General Insurance

Address:
Temple Court
11 Queen Elizabeth Street
London EC4N 4TP

Telephone: 020 7528 6200

Website:

Year established: 1920 (for general insurance)

Major shareholders: 67.7% of shareholders are individuals.

Number of UK employees (2002): over 8,000

GWP less treaty: £323m

Legal & General Insurance

Address:
Temple Court
11 Queen Elizabeth Street
London EC4N 4TP

Telephone: 020 7528 6200

Website:

Year established: 1920 (for general insurance)

Major shareholders: 67.7% of shareholders are individuals.

Number of UK employees (2002): over 8,000

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

Subsidiaries: Gresham Insurance

Company history: Legal & General Assurance Society was formed by six members of the legal profession in 1836 and started to offer general insurance after the First World War in 1920. Legal & General Group plc 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 and Alliance & Leicester.

Chief officer: Ian Viney, managing director.