Public liability insurance

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Public liability insurance for self employed professionals protects you when, despite doing everything right, a customer or third party accuses you of causing them an injury or property damage.

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What is public liability insurance for self employed professionals?

Self employed public liability insurance is a legal cover that provides self-employed individuals and businesses with legal defence against claims made by a third party for injury or damage to property that occurs as a result of their business activities.

  • An injury to a customer or a third party
  • Physical damage to third party property
  • Death to a customer or a third party

The cover also provides financial protection against the cost of compensation if you are found liable, therefore helps to mitigate the financial risk of being self-employed or running a business. Even when not required by a contract, self employed public liability insurance is recommended as a precautionary measure, as even minor incidents can result in costly compensation claims.

What's covered

What does public liability insurance cover?

If you are accused of causing physical harm to a third party of their property, you are likely to be asked to pay compensation.

Public liability insurance typically covers the cost of compensating third parties for:

  • Bodily injury: covers medical expenses, lost income, and other costs associated with physical harm caused to a third party.
  • Property damage: covers the cost of repairing or replacing property that has been damaged by the business.

In addition a public liability policy should also cover the cost of defending against a liability claim, including all the legal fees and other related expenses.

It is important to note that the specific coverage provided by a public liability insurance policy will vary from provider to provider and you should carefully review the related documentation before purchase.

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Suited self employed public liability insurance

Suited PL cover is backed by an experienced legal team who will work on your behalf to deal with the claim. The cover will pick up all the legal costs and, if it comes to it, pay any compensation due.

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Core cover

Suited public & product liability includes:

Up to £2,000,000 cover

Zero excess

Dedicated legal team

A+ insurer

Includes products liability

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Additional benefits

These additional benefits protect you as the business owner against:

Criminal proceedings (£50,000 cover)

Overseas personal liability

Claims against your client caused by your business

Court attendance costs (£10,000 cover)


Who needs public liability insurance?

If at any point during the course of your daily business activities you have face to face contact with your customers or members of the public, you should take time to understand the benefits of self employed public liability insurance.

Without public liability insurance you could face serious financial implications, should someone make a claim against you. Legal costs add up very quickly not to mention any possible payout. However, there are other reasons why you might need public liability insurance:

  • Your work contract requires it. If you don't comply with the contract condition and it is discovered, you may lose work and be in breach of contract.
  • Pitching for work. Having public liability insurance in place is a competitive advantage which could help you secure a work opportunity. Always mention it to prospect customers.
  • It's a trade/profession membership condition. Certain professions need or want to become part of professional bodies or trade associations and PL insurance is a registration requirement. If you fail to comply, you could be struck off.
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How to get public liability insurance for self employed professionals?

Your profession and the size of your operations will be the determining factors whether you can simply go online to purchase PL cover or will need to speak to a specialist provider.

Typically heavy manual or medical professions require extra assistance. It is because the nature of those professions are considered riskier by the insurers and they like you to answer a lot more questions.

On the other hand non-manual or light manual professions such as personal trainers, photographers, project managers or hairdressers will find securing public liability insurance much more straightforward.


How much public liability insurance do I need?

The good news is that the number of public liability claims has reduced in the last decade. On the other hand it seems that almost every claim results in defence costs and some kind of compensation.

We have learnt that in 2020 the UK registered over 70,000 PL claims and about 90% of those have resulted in a settlement.

Where compensation is concerned, it varies from claim to claim as you would expect. In respect of bodily injury it is always several thousands at the lower end and has been known to go up close to £500,000 for more severe injuries. Settlements for property damage can be a lot higher and run into millions.

Consider the level of risk during the business activities you carry out. For example if your office is on the top floor of an old building without a lift with steep stairs and no handrail, the likelihood of one of your visitors suffering a fall is quite high.

In other words the circumstances of your business should be the guide to determine what policy limit you need to buy.


Review the policy wording

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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Prices start from

£4.76 / month

Suited public & products liability insurance is available as an add-on to professional indemnity. Limits start at £500,000 and price depends on the limit selected.

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Common questions

How much is public liability insurance for self employed professionals?

It is surprisingly inexpensive given the risks of legal costs and possible compensation. It can start with a few pounds a month but it will very depend on your profession type, limit and turnover.

Where can I get cheap public liability insurance for self employed professionals?

Many start their search on comparison sites but be aware that only a fraction of the market sell on those sites. You may get self employed public liability insurance but it may not be the right cover for you.

Do I need public liability insurance if I am self-employed?

As a self-employed you don’t have the safety net of an employer when something goes wrong with your work. Public liability insurance can provide peace of mind and financial protection.

Is public liability insurance compulsory?

There is no law in the UK that requires a business or a self employed individual to hold public liability insurance. However, your professional standards body may require it.

Do I need public liability insurance for a limited company?

Just because your business is incorporated doesn’t mean it needs a PL cover. It’s the physical contact the business has with customers and third parties, either directly or via supply of products, that determines the need.

Can I get public liability insurance for one month?

Yes, with Suited you can buy public liability insurance month by month as needed.


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.


Business legal protect

Supports you during tax and legal disputes.

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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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