Solicitors could be used to sell legal expenses insurance under a new scheme being developed by Allianz Cornhill Legal Protection (ACLP).

The underwriter is to open the new distribution channel next year in what it sees as a natural development in the market.

ACLP underwriting manager Peter Dobie said: "We just think it has to be worthwhile looking at this for no other reason than good corporate lawyers deal with clients at all levels and insurance can factor into that relationship."

The development would see solicitors selling, or possibly giving away, legal expense policies as part of conveyancing or other legal services.

Dobie said: "Solicitors appear to be a natural outlet for this type of insurance. We are going to look at it. It is one of our lines for next year."

But Dobie was keen to reassure the market that brokers would remain one of the company's key distribution channels.

He said: "We need to maintain our strong relationship with brokers, but we need to find a way to get solicitors and brokers to work together.

"We see this is a good idea, though we may be proved wrong."