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Commercial ATE Insurance

Pursuing a claim against a large commercial, financial or public organisation can be frustrating, stressful, costly and bewildering for clients. They often feel they are faced with endless excuses and prevarication.

Commercial ATE insurance can protect you and your clients from adverse costs and disbursements if your case is unsuccessful.

In partnership with some of Europe’s largest insurers, Guardian Legal will provide you with unbiased advice to help you minimise the financial risk of pursuing claims involving individuals, financial institutions, charities, companies and public bodies.

What types of commercial disputes can ATE insurance cover?

We have a strong track record in supporting law firms and their clients with many types of commercial and financial dispute, including:

  • Financial Mis-selling, for example:
    • Claims against the Banks
    • Mis-sold SWAPs / Derivatives based loans
    • Fraud
    • Investment disputes
  • Contentious Probate
  • Breach of Contract
  • Professional Negligence claims
  • Insolvency cases

Our expertise in Financial Mis-selling

What Types Of Institutions Can ATE Insurance Be Used To Take Legal Action Against?

Guardian Legal Services are highly experienced in arranging ATE insurance and funding for financial mis-selling claims against banks, trust managers, insurers, accountancy firms, financial and tax advisers, including:

  • Interest Rate Hedging Products (IRHP) mis-selling claims
  • Trust Funds and Investment Schemes
  • Fraud, including fraudulent preference of creditors
  • Mis-sold Equity Release Schemes
  • Mis-sold Timeshare
  • Professional negligence, including over-valuations and under-valuations
  • Investment disputes
  • Supplier disputes, including credit card companies and major IT procurements

We have particular expertise and a successful track record in the highly technical area of Interest Rate Hedging Products (IRHP) mis-selling claims.


Whether you’re classified as a Non-Sophisticated or Sophisticated claimant (for the purposes of qualification of the FCA’s redress scheme) we’d like to hear from you.

Click here to access the FCA’s guidelines on establishing whether you qualify as Non-Sophisticated or Sophisticated claimant.

Definition of Non-Sophisticated or Sophisticated designation

Where the customer entity doesn’t belong to a Companies Act group, the thresholds in this test are applied to the individual customer entity, whether it’s a partnership, limited partnership, LLP, etc.

For these purposes the Companies Act thresholds for small companies are:

  • Turnover of more than £6.5million
  • Balance sheet total of more than £3.26 million, or
  • More than 50 employees

The Guardian Solution for commercial dispute claims:

ATE Insurance and Third Party Litigation Funding

Individuals and SMEs can often be afraid to bring a claim against a large institution because of the high cost of litigation and the financial risk of losing or abandoning a claim. They may also find themselves financially compromised by the cause of the claim, which only exacerbates that fear: the financial consequences of an adverse costs order can be devastating.

A combination of After the Event (ATE) insurance and Third Party Litigation Funding (TPLF) can minimise the financial risk if a claim proves to be unsuccessful.

ATE Insurance

  • ATE insurance can often be arranged without the need to pay an up-front premium
  • We can provide:
    • Ad-hoc quotations on a case by case basis
    • Access to membership of a Delegated Authority scheme if you conduct a volume of cases in a specialist litigation field.
  • Our advice and help with case reviews, preparing applications and selecting the right insurer for the case is free.
  • All policies are protected by the Financial Services Compensation scheme
  • Premiums are usually only payable upon a successful case outcome and can be:
    • Deferred until end of case
    • Self-insured
    • Highly competitive
    • Discounted to encourage early settlement
    • Waived if the case is lost or abandoned (subject to policy terms)

What Is Third Party Litigation Funding?

Sometimes it is possible to arrange third party funding for the claimant’s own costs if:

  • The case is high value and high merit
  • The proportionality of legal costs to damages sought meets criteria
  • The claim is being financed by a full or part Conditional Fee Agreement, or by a Damages Based Agreement and supported by ATE insurance

What Are The Criteria For Third Party Funding At A Glance?

If your client’s case has these factors in place the claimant has a good chance of securing funding, with costs and interest only repaid from damages if the claim is successful.

  • Funding available from £50,000 and above: Fixed Fee basis or as Damages Based Agreement (% of Quantum awarded)
  • Commercial Case Funding: CFA, Part-CFA, Non-CFA, DBA
  • Commercial Litigation only: drawdown of up to 60% of WIP and disbursements
  • Commercial cases should have minimum 60% prospect of success
  • Quantum should be in the range from £250,000 and above
  • High ratio of damages to costs e.g. 5:1 plus
  • Possible ATE Insurance cover for part own costs and all adverse costs
  • Funding of Insurance Premiums: funding available and/or Deferred Conditional

Premium considerations

  • Funding for Court Fees
  • Litigation target (defendant) must be financially stable to settle costs of successful case

Guardian Legal Services are specialists in the field of arranging ATE Insurance for Commercial Disputes.

Next steps

Contact us to have a preliminary discussion about your case or to request membership of a Delegated Authority scheme on 0207 118 1884 or email info@guardianlegal.co.uk

Alternatively, download a proposal form today in conjunction with our guidance notes.