Professional indemnity insurance
Professional indemnity (PI) insurance is essential for contractors, freelancers and any business that works on a contractual basis.
At Superscript, we offer one of the most advanced and flexible PI covers available online.
Why choose Superscript for professional indemnity insurance?
Professional indemnity (PI) insurance protects your business from a range of exposures, such as mistakes in your service provided, compensation claims, contract disputes and intellectual property disputes. Our cover also includes media content liability as standard and is superbly flexible with no fees for cancellation of, or amendments to, the policy. We cover:
- Professional negligence
- Legal costs
- Copyright infringement
- Unpaid client fees
- Reputational damage
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Benefits of our professional indemnity insurance
Payment of your fees
Where possible we want to avoid a claim as much as you do, so if it should arise, we can help settle a dispute between your company and your client regarding unpaid fees. We will pay the fees owed to you if a client refuses to pay and threatens to make a claim.
Reputation and brand protection costs
Our professional indemnity cover will pay for public relations and crisis management costs (including purchasing media space, printing and postage costs etc.) to protect your brand’s reputation in the event of a covered claim.
Intellectual property infringement
Accidental breaches of copyright are becoming more common for fast-growing companies in a saturated digital landscape. We pay up to £25,000 in legal costs to defend your business against others should it happen to you.
Having professional indemnity cover means that your clients can maintain complete trust in your professional services, knowing that both parties are financially covered if an issue arises.
A quick guide to professional indemnity insurance
What is professional indemnity insurance?
Professional indemnity insurance (PI), also known as professional liability insurance, covers you for claims where clients have lost money due to mistakes in your professional services. Professional services include any designs, advice, or consultations you carry out for a client. It also covers contract, IP and trademark disputes. Should a third party make a claim against you, a PI policy will cover your legal costs and expenses to defend you as well as compensation awards if the claim is successful.
Who needs PI insurance?
Freelancers, contractors or any size of business that provides advice, consultancy or design service should consider this policy. Having PI insurance could even help you win more business as it’s often requested by clients before entering a contract. PI is also a legal requirement for specific industries.
What risks does PI cover you for?
PI covers you if a third party sues you in relation to advice, consultancy or a professional service that you provided to them that resulted in financial damages. We cover for libel, copyright/ trademark infringement, design flaws, erroneous advice, defamation, plagiarism, wrong allegations, negligent content and product disparagement. We also cover you if a client of yours has business downtime as a result of your negligence and holds you financially liable.
Steps you can take to protect yourself
Firstly, it is important to read through your contracts for your client work carefully, so both parties are clear on their professional duty, the scope of the work agreed, and what you can and can't be held liable for.
You should also make sure that other parties you are contracting with have professional indemnity insurance, such as contractors and suppliers. Be sure to check out the limitation of liability and indemnification sections in contracts you sign to know what limits of insurance you need to maintain.
What to look for when purchasing professional indemnity cover?
It’s wise to consider the financial impact should something go wrong when choosing your limit of cover. Clients may request a limit, but legal action costs and the chance of multiple claims at once need to be taken into account. You should also maintain professional indemnity cover even after your contracts have ended, to make sure you are still covered if a claim arises after you provided the work. You should also declare any changes your business is making to your insurer to avoid oversights.
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Professional indemnity claims
There are various different types of professional indemnity claims that can affect different industries, but here are a few examples of claims where the business could be liable:
As a graphic designer, you incorporate a design element which another artist claims is a copy of their work and they sue you.
A surveyor produces a flawed report for a property developer and is sued for the costs of rectifying the architectural drawings and the delay in construction.
Breach of confidentiality
A consultant accidentally passes on unencrypted confidential information from a client and the client’s financial records are compromised or exposed.
Loss of data
An IT consultant fails to properly back up important information resulting in an irretrievable loss of the client’s data, damaging the company.
We offer professional indemnity cover to over 1,000 industries
From town planners to funeral directors and security consultants to ticket agents, we insure a wide range of sole traders and businesses to protect them from the risks associated with professional indemnity.
While professional indemnity cover isn’t required by law, it can be crucial to many industries. Here are a few industries that Superscript has provided PI cover for, including the percentage of customers who included it in their policy:
- Nutritionists – 100% of customers
- Graphic designers – 79% of customers
- Website designers – 80% of customers
- Environmental consultants – 100% of customers
- Import and Export Consultants – 100% of customers
To see if we offer flexible professional indemnity insurance for your industry, simply click ‘Start your quote’.
Professional indemnity insurance FAQs
Professional indemnity insurance is a type of business insurance that provides cover for legal and compensation costs associated with a business's failure to meet contractual obligations with client(s). Learn more about what this type of cover involves here.
Professional indemnity insurance covers compensation and legal costs that arise from claims concerning a business's contracts with clients.
For example, a claim made against the business by a client, due to financial losses caused by the business's failure to fulfil a contract in time; or due to mistakes made while carrying out the work. Read more.
All businesses that enter into contracts with other businesses or third parties in general should consider professional indemnity insurance. While it's not a legal obligation, clients will often require it and for professional and trade bodies, it's sometimes an eligibility requirement for membership.
The level of professional indemnity cover you need depends on the details of contracts your businesses enters into. You can learn more about which businesses need what kind of PI cover here.
The difference between professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance is that professional indemnity insurance is relevant to claims concerning your contracts (e.g. mistakes or negligence) and public liability insurance concerns claims against you by members of the public, for injury or property damage due to your work.
Professional indemnity insurance is not a legal requirement for businesses in the UK. However, it is sometimes a requirement of clients or of professional membership or trade bodies.
Yes. Professional indemnity insurance is an 'allowable expense', which means that it's tax deductible in the UK.
What you need from your professional indemnity policy will depend on the type of business you run. Professional consultants may have to make use of their professional indemnity insurance for providing misleading or negligent advice. Similarly, media companies that publish large amounts of content will be covered for copyright infringement and any issues surrounding defamation due to untrue claims being published.
By buying your professional indemnity insurance as a monthly subscription, you spread the cost of your cover over the year, as opposed to paying a large lump sum annually, without affecting the overall cost. This can significantly help you to manage your cash flow, especially for small businesses, sole traders or freelancers with an unpredictable turnover.
Paying monthly is also extremely flexible, meaning you can adjust your level of cover month by month if needed, so you only pay for precisely what you need.
Learn more about professional indemnity
Our insurance 101 guides answer more of your questions about the world of professional indemnity.
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To simplify things, we've categorised our covers into three groups: essential covers, professional covers, and management covers. You'll be guided through these different options during the quotation process.
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