Our legal cover is an integral part of our membership and tailor-made for you. We cover individual optometrists and dispensing opticians whether you’re employed, self-employed, an employer or a locum

Common legal FAQs

Our legal team deal with your most frequent queries

Dealing with complaints

Facing a complaint can be a distressing experience, here's how to deal with it


Our defence package protects your interests, reputation and right to practise

Driving and the DVLA

A guide to disclosing patient information to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Employment law

We keep you up to date on the latest employment law, guidance and regulations

Trade union representation

Find out about union representation through AOP membership and should the AOP become a trade union?

Topical issues in employment law

Information about the latest issues and rulings impacting the optical sector - both employees and employers


AOP insurance provides a range of cover including professional and vicarious liability

Vicarious liability insurance

Information and FAQs on our complimentary vicarious liability cover for optical business owning members

Lone working guidance

Guidance developed in conjunction with the Optical Confederation

Notification of a GOC investigation

How we support members during a GOC investigation

Patient confidentiality

When and why can you share patient records?

Who’s got your back? Support when you need it the most

The AOP is uniquely positioned to support and defend its members

Legal case studies

Find out how our in-house legal team has assisted members with legal advice and representation