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What are the different types of Liability Insurance?

by Chris Brown on August 8, 2016

Aside from Employers’ Liability, there are a number of different liability insurance products designed to protect a business. These include:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Product Liability Insurance
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Directors and Officers Insurance
  • Environmental Liability Insurance
  • Legal Expenses Insurance

Public Liability Insurance covers the financial cost of compensation to members of the public (anyone who isn’t your employee) for death, injury or damage to their property that occurs as a result of your or your employees’ negligence.  This involves members of the public who visit your business, take part in your activities or watch activities you have organised.

Product Liability Insurance covers the cost of compensation to anyone who is injured, or whose property is damaged, as a result of a fault in a product you design, manufacture or supply.

Professional Indemnity Insurance covers the cost of compensation to clients if your professional advice has caused them to lose money. This is type of insurance is particularly advisable for professionals such as solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, architects and surveyors.

Directors and Officers (D&O) Insurance covers you for the cost of compensation in instances where a claim is made by a customer against one of your business directors, or other member of staff.

Environmental Liability Insurance is recommended if your business causes damage to water, land, protected plants and animals, or protected plant and animal habitats, as it covers the cost of bringing about adequate repairs.

Legal Expenses Insurance covers the cost of legal action taken in defending your business in instances where legal action is not covered by your liability insurance e.g. an employment tribunal.

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Why do I need Employer’s Liability Insurance?

by Chris Brown on August 8, 2016

Employer Liability Insurance is a legal requirement if your business has employees. This insurance provides financial cover for employee’s injured at work or who become ill as a result of the work they do for you. This insurance covers the cost of compensation to a claimant and legal fees.

This type of insurance policy needs to cover not only all conventional staff, but also contract, casual, seasonal and temporary staff.

Legally you are required to have at least £5m cover in place, otherwise you could be fined up to £2,500 for each day you fail to have appropriate insurance in place.

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What other types of business insurance are recommended?

by Chris Brown on August 8, 2016

Liability Insurance protects you against risk of compensation claims and legal action from your customers and the general public, when you or your employees have done something wrong, failed to do something you should have, or broken the law.

Buildings and Contents Insurance provides financial protection for your property, stock and business equipment from events such as burglary, fire or flooding.

Business Interruption Insurance is a further level of protection which provides financial assistance for the period when you are unable to conduct business as normal because of this damage. E.g. cafes, hotels or shops that have to close whilst repairs are undertaken as a result of a flood.

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What business insurance is required by law?

by Chris Brown on August 8, 2016

By law a business is required to have:

  • Employer’s Liability Insurance
  • Third Party Motor Insurance

Employer’s Liability Insurance

If your business has employees, you are legally required to have Employer’s Liability Insurance

Employer’s Liability Insurance covers you if an employee is injured at work, or becomes ill as a consequence of the work they do for you. By law your insurance must cover at least £5m.

Motor Insurance

A business uses motor vehicles it is legally required to have Third Party Motor insurance. This type of insurance covers damage to persons and property as a result of a collision caused by either you or your employee. This insurance must cover at least £1m for damage to property and an unlimited amount for personal injury.

Specific policies are recommended where a motor vehicle forms a core part of your business, for example taxis, coaches, farm or construction vehicles.

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