Legal Protection Insurers invent the Future

Press Release

Barcelona May/ June 2007

The International Association of Legal Expenses Insurance (RIAD) is to hold a seminar on 1 June 2007 in Barcelona entitled “A Glance into the Future – how can Legal Expenses Insurers prepare themselves?” Representatives of specialised legal expenses insurance companies will deal with fundamental challenges that legal expenses insurance companies, but also other commercial corporations, will have to face in the near future. The core concern of the seminar will be to take stock of the problems that the sector will face in the future and how to prepare for them. 

The trend watcher Herman Konings (Pocket Marketing nXt, Antwerp) and the business consultant and actuary David O’Connor (Towers Perrin, Dublin) will present the results of their research and forecasts on this occasion: questions concerning the consequences, particularly for legal expenses insurance companies, from the generation conflict or the time-currency deflation will be broached.  Particular attention will be paid to the effects of new communication strategies and techniques between people but also between machines, to changing social and market structures and to the growing importance and strengthening of consumer protection. 

According to the motto that Herman Konings advocates, “the best way to prepare for the future is to invent it,” the seminar affords the sector an opportunity to tackle future challenges in an inventive manner. Eric Pouw, the President of RIAD and CEO of DAS Netherlands, explains that ”we must do everything in our power to provide policyholders who put their trust in us, with the best possible access to justice. If we take the right steps now and get down to the tasks to be dealt with, we can capitalise on the chances of the future for the benefit of our policyholders and ourselves.”

As an international association of some 60 specialised legal expenses insurance companies from 18 countries, RIAD sees this seminar as an opportunity to co-shape the future.  Legal expenses insurance companies can thus help consumers and SMEs find their way through the increasing jungle of regulations. Legal expenses insurance companies can also provide special assistance, using new information technologies and communication trends to improve efficiency and reduce reaction times. 

D.A.S. Spain and, on its behalf, Mr José Jiménez, RIAD’s representative in Spain will be responsible for organising all the activities of the seminar in Barcelona. (The seminar is held in a different European country every year). 


International Association of Legal Expenses Insurance (RIAD)

Antje FEDDERKE (General Secretary)

Avenue Michel-Ange 7

B-1000 Brussels

Tel. +32 (0)2 732 36 28

Fax +32 (0)2 732 06 22

Mobile: +32 (0)473 48 27 68