Reportage: A deserved reputation?

Good apples and a rotten apple

While debates, reviews and recommendations abound within the legal expenses insurance (LEI) sector, the underlying issue at the heart of its dilemma is by no means new - it has a reputation as a market that tolerates dubious business practices and business models.

Seen by many as a speedy method of penetrating the market, the add-on model adopted in the 1970s has left a stifling legacy. Developed with the intention to grab market share rather than establish longevity, industry figures feel LEI h