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Article 202 Exception to the free choice of lawyer

1. Member States may provide for exemption from Article 201(1) for legal expenses insurance if all the following conditions are met:

(a) the insurance is limited to cases arising from the use of road vehicles in the territory of the Member State concerned;

(b) the insurance is connected to a contract to provide assistance in the event of accident or breakdown involving a road vehicle;

(c) neither the legal expenses insurance undertaking nor the assistance insurer carries out any class of liability insurance;

(d) measures are taken so that the legal counsel and representation of each of the parties to a dispute is effected by wholly independent lawyers where those parties are insured for legal expenses by the same insurance undertaking.

2. An exemption granted pursuant to paragraph 1 shall not affect the application of Article 200.