Business Legal Protect

Commercial legal expenses insurance is there to protect you and your business from commercial disputes, legal claims, IR35 investigations, HMRC enquiries, criminal prosecutions, negative PR and identity theft. It also offers free and confidential tax, legal and counselling assistance whenever you need it.

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TAX & LEGAL ADVICE
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£100,000 COVER
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COUNSELLING HELP
Overview

What is commercial legal expenses insurance?

The core element is to provide legal assistance and defence at no cost to you when you're facing a claim against you.

Suited Business Legal Protect provides qualified legal advice and assistance. The legal team will consider your situation and recommend the best steps. If your claim is accepted, the legal team will guide you through every step from the outset and when they consider it prudent, they'll to take over to represent your best interest.

However, it could also be you who wishes to bring a claim against someone else. If you have solid grounds and your chance of success is high, you may be able to get legal representation through your Suited Business Legal Protect

Why would my insurers want to take the risk, you may ask? It's good business for them. If you're bringing them a case that is likely to win, they stand a good chance of recovering their costs from the other party.

This is why the key phrase here is "a reasonable prospect of success".

If you are facing a claim against you or want to pursue a claim against a third party, your chances of success must be greater than 50%. This is usually determined by the insurer's legal team. Once you've submitted all the details, they'll consider the claim and let you know whether they agree to represent you.

What's covered

What does commercial legal expenses insurance cover?

We have created Business Legal Protect (included as standard with Suited professional indemnity insurance) to give you and your business a solid legal shield. Professional indemnity protects you against claims of professional errors whilst Business Legal Protect will deal with other legal and tax issues small business owners often face.

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Legal costs & professional fees

The core element provides up to £100,000 cover for:

IR35 & HMRC investigations

Legal matters concerning your business

Negative PR (£25,000 cover)

Criminal prosecution

Compliance & regulation issues

Unpaid invoices (over £200)

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Additional benefits

Yes, there's still more:

Free tax advice

Free commercial legal advice

Counselling for you and your staff

Access to a legal template library

Identity theft assistance

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Who needs commercial legal expenses insurance?

Luckily the UK is not a particularly litigious country and most disputes are settled out of court. However, these settlements still require some input from an expert, be it a solicitor or an accountant. You need to ask yourself whether you have the spare cash to cover the costs.

Suited Business Legal Protect provides a wide range of benefits from unpaid invoices recovery, contract disputes to helping our customers fend off any unjust investigations by HMRC. The IR35 is a good example of a tool the HMRC uses to harass bonafide contractors and freelancers. The onus of proof during these enquiries is on you and that costs money, time and a great deal of anxiety without the right support.

As a small business owner, contractor or freelancer it's your responsibility to ensure that you're complying with any legal or tax rules. Take advantage of the expert helplines once you've signed up with Suited and get free advice. Put yourself in a strong position, contractually and otherwise, so that your chances if something goes wrong, are above that 50% threshold.

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Limits

How much commercial legal expenses insurance do I need?

Based on the fact that most disputes can be ironed out through mediation, £100,000 should be plenty. In the rare event of having to defend your business in the court of law, the amount should cover a substantial part of your legal costs and, of course, how much you'll need to spend will probably depend a lot on how far you're prepared to go.

Suited Business Legal Protect does cover the fees associated with mediation and will help you find the right professionals who'll guide and represent you throughout the whole process provided your case meets the 50% rule. Remember that compensation or additional tax if you are found liable is not covered by Business Legal Protect.

Wording

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Before purchasing any insurance product, you should always view the policy documents. Understand what's covered, excluded and the claims conditions.

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Price

Business Legal Protect is included with professional indemnity

Business Legal Protect cannot be purchased independently but instead is included as standard when you buy Suited professional indemnity insurance.

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FAQs

Common questions

How does Suited Business Legal Protect help with unpaid invoices?

Any invoice over £200 that remains unpaid by your client, can be handed over and it will be formally chased on your behalf.

How does the counselling work?

The counselling is provided by telephone and it is available for anyone in the business.

How can Suited Business Legal Protect help during IR35 investigation?

A qualified accountant and legal representative will be appointed to your case to deal with the investigation on your behalf. Suited Business Legal Protect also covers the cost of appeals.

How can Suited Business Legal Protect help with negative PR?

You will have access to PR experts (cover up to £25,000) who will help you manage the situation to repair the damage.

Will Suited Business Legal Protect pay my legal costs if I make a claim against someone else?

An assessment is undertaken first to asses the chances of success. If it deemed to be more than 50%, you will have the support to go ahead.

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Other covers we offer

Our insurance starts with professional indemnity, a must have for professionals who give advice or provide a service as part of their business activity. You can add to your policy other useful covers as needed.

Core cover

Professional indemnity

Insurance against professional mistakes.

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Public liability

Protects against claims from thrid parties.

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Electronic business equipment

Covers your portable business equipment.

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Business owner protect

Reimburses expenses if you become ill.

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