National Accident Helpline
|Type||UK private company|
|Founded||Kettering, England, U.K. (1993)|
|Founder(s)||Alan Kennedy and Paul Follett|
|Headquarters||Kettering, Northants, U.K.|
|Area served||United Kingdom|
|Services||No win no fee personal injury claims|
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2013)|
National Accident Helpline is an injury claims management company in the United Kingdom. It is a private, for-profit company. The company and its panel of solicitors deduct their fees from clients on a no win no fee basis, removing the financial risk from making a claim.
The National Accident Helpline was formed in 1993 by two businessmen, Alan Kennedy and Paul Follett, along with the Northampton legal firm Tollers. In 2006, Lloyds TSB Development Capital (LDC), the private equity arm of Lloyds TSB, backed a management buyout enabling Kennedy to buy out Tollers and other shareholders. LDC later sold part of its stake to Inflexion Private Equity.
In April 2008, National Accident Helpline released an SMS callback service on a platform provided by SMSshortcode.co.uk.
The following month, the personal injury claims management company revealed a new version of the company website, featuring an interactive no win no fee compensation calculator.
February 2009 saw National Accident Helpline listed in the Sunday Times Deloitte Buyout Track 100 for the first time. In 2012, the company was listed in 70th place with year-on-year growth from 2010/11 to 2011/12 cited as 32%.
Specialist claims websites
National Accident Helpline also owns no-win-no-fee.co.uk and Benchmark Insurance. In 2010 it started advertising through underdog.co.uk.
In April 2010, National Accident Helpline published three new specialist claims websites: industrial-accident.co.uk, work-accident.co.uk and clinical-medical-negligence.co.uk.
In October 2011, the company announced mobile-friendly versions of its two core websites, National Accident Helpline and underdog.co.uk.
National Accident Helpline initially found its clients by advertising in the press. It was then one of the first claims companies to use television advertising, and this became its main source of business in the 2000s.
The company's television adverts have been one of its most visible sources of marketing. The adverts feature a character called Underdog, who has previously been voiced by UK actor Joe Pasquale. More recent adverts have included musical backing tracks, including Chumbwumba's nineties hit "Tubthumping" and a version of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" where the chorus lyrics had been changed to include the brand name.
Stance against cold calling
National Accident Helpline displays a clear policy against cold calling and cold texting on its website.
Since 2010 adverts for National Accident Helpline feature an dog know as Underdog (voiced by Joe Pasquale) trying to get compensation from an unseen man (voiced by Brian Blessed) who rejects him so Underdog says he will go to National Accident Helpline instead in which the unseen man tries to convince him to go to him instead which Underdog refuses.
National Accident Helpline has been involved in a number of charity partnerships.
National Accident Helpline's employees have also been involved in a number of charity ventures. A team of four senior employees ran the 2010 London Marathon in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, raising over £6000. Staff have also raised money for BIRT.
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- "LDC backs buyout of National Accident Helpline". Press release. LDC. Archived from the original on 2006-12-09. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
- Bollen, Jennifer (2 November 2009). "LDC gets welcome call on National Accident Helpline". Private Equity News. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "National Accident Helpline goes mobile". SMS Short Codes. smsshortcodes.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- "Website launched to help accident victims". National Accident Helpline. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "2012 Buyout Track 100 League Table". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "PPI Claimline Acquired by Consumer Champion National Accident Helpline". Press release. PPI Claimline. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "National Accident Helpline launches specialist claims advice websites". National Accident Helpline. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "Mobile Sites Launched by Accident Claims Specialist". PR web. uk.prweb.com. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "National Accident Helpline Launches new Knocked Down Advertising Campaign". Lifestyle News. lifestyleinfo.eu. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- "National Accident Helpline Launches New ‘Grapevine’ TV Advert". PR Web. prweb.com. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- Policy against cold calling and cold texting, National Accident Helpline. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "National Accident Helpline Supports Brain Injury Charity". PR Web. www.prweb.com. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "National Accident Helpline team breaks fundraising target". National Accident Helpline. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "National Accident Helpline raise funds for BIRT". The Disabilities Trust. thedtgroup.org. July 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- "Richard Remembers the Underdog". The Disabilities Trust. thedtgroup.org. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.