SRA authorises insurance group’s new legal unit

Direct Line Group intends to launch its new legal services division on 3 March after receiving its alternative business structure (ABS) licence.

The insurer announced this morning that the Solicitors Regulation Authority has authorised DLG Legal Services to provide certain legal services to the public.

The insurer will offer the legal services to its customers in conjunction with Parabis Law.

ABS licences allow companies that are not law firms to offer legal services directly to customers.

Several insurers and brokers already hold ABS licences, including DAS, AA Insurance and Abbey Protection.