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The problem

Business consultants face many risks

Contract non-compliance

Most contracts you will engage with as a business consultant will stipulate you must have and show proof of professional indemnity insurance.

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Damage to you work equipment

You are likely to use your own laptop or computer for your work, if it gets stolen or damaged could you want to pay for the repair or replacement?

IR35 enquiries and unpaid invoices

Depending if you use an umbrella company or contract directly you may be exposed to IR35 enquiries from HMRC. Regardless of how you're engaged you still could be subject to late or non-payment of invoices.

Accussation of causing a financial loss

An unhappy client may allege your advice or recommendation ended up costing them money which they now want to recover from you.

You need consultants insurance that provides competent legal protection for claims arising during and after client work delivery.

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covers to consider

What insurance do business consultants need?

Choosing the right insurance for you depends on the size and nature of your business. Key insurance covers business consultants should consider include:

Professional indemnity

Provides you with legal defence against claims of professional mistake, causing a financial loss or failing to deliver contractual obligations.

Business legal protect

Pays legal costs & expenses including appeal costs if you or your business face a legal threat or an HMRC/IR35 enquiry.

Electronic business equipment

Pays for repair or replacement of your portable electronic equipment (and accessories) you need to do your work.

Finding the right cover

Why is insurance for consultants important?

When a client brief doesn't go according to plan and the result of your work has not yielded the expected results, your client is likely to want answers. These discussions get very quickly heated and lead to disputes over money or become compensation claims.

Therefore the first element of insurance for consultants has to be professional indemnity. It is a legal cover that provides legal assistance and it covers the associated expenses during the defence of your case. It will also pay any compensation if you become liable.

You should consider this key cover whether you work as a contractor or run your own business. The work you do is relied upon by your clients and with that come certain risks.

If, as a consultant, you visit your clients, work at their premises or in any way physically engage with their property, you should also have in your legal arsenal public liability insurance to protect you against accusations of causing an accident leading to an injury or property damage.

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There are other covers that might be useful to your business. If you have premises, you might need content and building insurance. If you employ staff, you must have employers liability insurance by law. If you own expensive work equipment, insurance may be a good way to minimise replacement or repair costs.

Why do consultants need professional indemnity insurance?

When things are going well, it’s easy to cast aside any worries and just get on with the job. So far we have been quite general about the kind of scenarios a consultant should be worried about and though they are still reasonably rare, they do happen and they can be very costly.

Jason is a consultant in the healthcare industry and until a few years ago he’d never experienced a serious problem with his clients. Therefore he’d never really worried about his business liability insurance.

However, all that changed one day when he received an email from his regulatory body informing him that a client made serious allegations against Jason regarding inappropriate racial comments. Jason knew that while the accusation was completely unfounded, he could lose his career over this complaint. Luckily for Jason his regulatory body membership included professional indemnity insurance for business consultants. Somewhat hesitantly he contacted his insurer to find out whether he could receive assistance. The insurer accepted his claim and arranged legal representation during the disciplinary hearing.

As a result of covid the proceedings were delayed and what should have been a matter of weeks became a saga of two years costing some £150,000 in legal fees. Jason was grateful to his insurers for a number of reasons.

Firstly, knowing that he had an experienced solicitor on his case reduced the stress induced by fear of losing his livelihood. The fact he didn’t have to pay any of the costs saved his bank balance. And because the solicitors successfully rebuffed the accusation and cleared Jason’s name, Jason’s business reputation has stayed intact.

Professional errors come in many forms and this is only one example. In essence Jason wasn’t negligent or made a mistake in his work. However, we could say Jason may have made a professional error in his communication style which consequently prompted his client to retaliate.

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Choosing limits

How much professional indemnity insurance do consultants need?

When it comes to professional indemnity insurance for consultants UK insurance providers offer a variety of policy limits starting from £50,000 going up to millions. The appropriate limit very much depends on the nature of the consultant’s work, the size of client accounts and related contracts as well as any kind of contractual obligation.

Firstly, every contract you ever form with your client should state what the limitation of liability is for both parties. Leaving this issue unaddressed will leave you exponentially exposed if something goes wrong.

Once the clause is agreed and inserted in the contract, the amount in the clause provides a good indication of what your professional indemnity and public liability limits should be. However, you should always account for legal costs. For example if the limitation of liability clause says up to £1,000,000, it means that you could be potentially asked to pay £1,000,000 in compensation to your client if found liable.

Therefore when buying your business insurance you should make a provision for legal costs and any other associated expenses as well.
Business legal protect
Included with your insurance

When you decide to protect your business with Suited we want you to get more than just insurance. That's why with every policy subscription we include Business Legal Protect. From the moment you sign up you gain access to extra support services which are all part of our price.

£100k of legal cover
  • IR35 & HMRC investigations
  • Legal matters concerning your business
  • Negative PR (£25,000 cover)
  • Criminal prosecution
  • Compliance & regulation issues
  • Unpaid invoices (over £200)
Telephone helplines
  • Free tax advice
  • Free commercial legal advice
  • Counselling for you and your staff
  • Access to a legal template library
  • Identity theft assistance
Price

How much does business consultant insurance cost?

Price depends on many factors including business activity, the cover you choose and the level of protection (also known as the limit). With Suited you can mix and match covers and limits. Below are some cover examples, but you will be able to build your own.

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Business activity

Business consultancy and management
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£8.63

per month
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£20.44

per month
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£36.16

per month

Professional indemnity

Our core cover, to protect you and your business if you make a mistake in the course of your work, say something wrong about a client, or are accused of being negligent and your client says it has cost them money.

£250,000
£1,000,000
£2,000,000

Business Legal Protect

Commercial legal expenses insurance 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.

Included
with professional indemnity
Included
with professional indemnity
Included
with professional indemnity

Electronic business equipment

Protects your business against costly repairs or replacement costs of electronic business equipment and accessories that you own or hire to do your job.

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£2,500
of equipment
£7,500
of equipment
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FAQs

Common questions

Is my past work covered?

Suited does offer past work cover. Make sure you select the retroactive date during the insurance online application process.

Will the work of my employees be covered by Suited professional indemnity insurance?

Yes, any work by bonafide employees of your business is covered.

What's the difference between professional indemnity and public liability?

Professional indemnity insurance protects you and your business against accusations of professional mistake, negligence or failing your duty of care.

Public liability insurance protects you against accusations of causing an injury or property damage to your clients, third parties or members of the public.

I am contractually obliged to get professional indemnity insurance - does Suited provide proof of cover document?

As soon as you purchase your insurance, you will have access to documents including a certificate of insurance.

If I subcontract another consultant to manage my client brief, will the work be covered by Suited PI insurance?

The work of your subcontractors is covered by SUITED professional indemnity insurance. Make sure you have a written agreement in place, your subcontractor should also have PI cover in place. Do not agree to waive your rights of recourse.

Can I cancel my PI insurance when I stop working as a consultant?

If you have worked as a consultant for some time, there is a risk that a claim can still made be against you. Therefore rather than cancelling your professional indemnity insurance, it might be better to consider "hibernating" for PI insurance for a sufficient period of time. With Suited that means paying less while staying covered for past work.

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If your plans change

No problem, with Suited you can flex your insurance as your business evolves.

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Testimonials

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