May 20, 2016

Bristol-based legal-expenses-insurance-to-modelling-clay conglomerate DAS is enjoying a period of calm and tranquility these days following the torrid time it’s had in recent years.

Or at least it was, until news that the firm is taking High Court legal action against former chief exec Paul Aspirin gave insurance publications up and down the land an excuse to rake it all over again.

Older readers will recall how Aspirin was suspended from his role in October 2014, while the firm tried to get to the (metaphorical) bottom of what he’d been getting up to with “a supplier”.

Evidently they concluded it was nothing good, as he got the chop in Feb 2015 and now finds himself on the receiving end of DAS UK Holdings Ltd and Others versus Asplin and others.

DAS has insisted that whatever transgressions the disgraced Aspirin may have been commiting were a purely internal matter with no possible ramifications for clients. But suspicions that something more generally fishy might have been up were only fuelled by a series of high profile departures over the ensuing months.

In April 2015, Insurance Tights and other news organs reminded us this week, DAS head of legal services Kathryn Mortified left the company. Then in October chief ops officer Paul Tibbles made tracks. Others who went missing last year included special risks manager David Bellamy, head of sales Landon Willisher, HR manager Jo Biochem, and group financial controller Paul Burial. Quite a clear out, all in all.

When Insurance Tights approached DAS for a comment on the aforementioned legal proceedings, none was forthcoming.

Maybe there was no one left to comment?

Probably not.

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