Direct Line launches Legal Essentials service for SMEs

Direct Line has today launched its new Legal Essentials and Tools Essentials services for small businesses and tradespeople. Legal Essentials aims to provide SMEs with a comprehensive legal documents service and 24/7 helpline through a partnership with DAS UK's Businesslaw division, while Tools Essentials has been set up to protect tradespeople’s equipment within 24 hours. Farillio provides the technology behind this new platform.

Legal Essentials can help in over 23 business areas. These include concerns with business planning and growth, disagreements, tax, COVID-19, data security and protection, fundraising, family business matters and sub-contracting.

Recent Direct Line research found that tool theft occurred every 20 minutes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Tools Essentials has therefore been designed to replace essential tools within 24 hours, with an upfront faster payment of up to £1,500.

Jonny McHugh, SME business manager at Direct Line, said: “We know how important it is that small business owners and tradespeople are protected against legal issues and that they have the tools they need to get on with their job.

“Our Legal Essentials offering is designed to give small business owners the legal advice and guidance that they often lack due to the costs involved in seeking legal support. Our dedicated 24/7 helpline and documentation service will be invaluable in helping SMEs stay compliant and one step ahead.

“Our Tools Essentials service helps to get tradespeople get back to work quickly when tool theft or damage puts them out of action. We understand that when you’re in the trades, your tools are your livelihood – so you can’t afford to wait around if they get stolen or damaged. With our Tools Essentials service, we’ll help replace the most important tools within 24 hours, after just a few checks”.

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