Dear Solicitors Regulation Authority,

The SRA keeps records annually provided by professional indemnity insurance insurers who give the Solicitors Regulation Authority a list of solicitors firms that have insurance with them.

This Freedom of Information Request is for the list of information held by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in relation to insurers that provide professional indemnity insurance to law firms in the UK and the firms insured under that specific insurer for the years 2015 to 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Lex Atherton

SRA Information Compliance, Solicitors Regulation Authority

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Dear Mr Atherton,

Thank you for your email.

Please find our response attached.

Yours sincerely,

Jack Baraczewski
Information Governance Officer
Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Cube, Birmingham
www.sra.org.uk

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Dear SRA Information Compliance,

Thank you for responding.

Please clarify how this information on the insurers insuring each firm in the UK would prejudice anybody's commercial interests if we are requesting historical data about past insurance cover for the years 2015-2020 which have passed and firms are no longer covered under those policies? This data is disclosable under SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules if we are not mistaken at the choice of the SRA as written by rule 8.2 of the Indemnity Insurance Rules on your website
"The SRA may, without limitation and in its absolute discretion, disclose and make available for public inspection the identity of an authorised body's participating insurer."

If it means you can disclose the information requested then the name of the firm can be redacted in one column with the insurer in the other column. We are not interested in the firm or how it handles its commercial practice or intending to prejudice commercial or legal activity or impact any business negatively in any way. If it does any difference then we can accept the data for the years 2014-2015 only.

This request is for research into monopolies in the professional indemnity insurance sector for legal professionals and it is difficult getting data on the sector elsewhere.

Yours sincerely,

Lex

SRA Information Compliance, Solicitors Regulation Authority

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Dear Mr Atherton,

Thank you for your email.

Rule 8.2 of the SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules provides that we may disclose insurers details. This rule is discretionary, we apply this it situations on a case by case basis, such as a request by a claimant for details of a participating insurer where they have been unable to obtain the information elsewhere.

The information you have requested would provide data on how many firms each insurer covered, we consider that even though you are not asking for the data as it stands today, there is still a risk that disclosure could prejudice the commercial interests of these insurers. Therefore we are not able to provide this information in response to your request.

Yours sincerely,

Jack Baraczewski
Information Governance Officer
Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Cube, Birmingham
www.sra.org.uk

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