Compare public liability and professional indemnity insurance

Compare public liability and professional indemnity insurance policies that could cover you from legal claims against your business.

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Superscript Business Insurance
Policies for
IT & Tech, Marketing, Consultants, Trades, Healthcare workers, Creatives & more
Maximum professional indemnity
£5,000,000
Liability options
Public liability up to £5,000,000 & employers' liability up to £10,000,000
Award-winning business insurance for today's risks (Best Newcomer at the Insurance Choice Awards 2019). Pay by month. Adjust your cover as you grow. No admin fees. Immediate access to your policy docs. This is business insurance on your terms.
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Permanent UK Resident
Premierline Business Insurance
Policies for
Tradesman & contractors, Shops & retailers, Offices, Surgeries & more
Maximum professional indemnity
£10,000,000
Liability options
Public & employers' liability up to £10,000,000
Premierline works with some of the UK’s most trusted insurers. Compare and buy insurance online or alternatively, speak to an advisor over the phone for insurance recommendations based on your individual circumstances and requirements.
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Permanent UK Resident
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AXA Business Insurance
Policies for
UK micro business, sole traders, self-employed, tradespeople, professionals, retail & more
Maximum professional indemnity
£5,000,000
Liability options
Public liability up to £5,000,000 & employers' liability up to £10,000,000
With AXA Business Insurance, you only pay for what you need. Guided quotes make it easy to tailor our insurance to fit the work that you do. Start protecting your business today and get a 10% online discount. T&Cs apply.
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Permanent UK Resident

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Do you need public liability and professional indemnity insurance?

Public liability insurance is essential for any company, but whether you need professional indemnity depends on what type of business you run.

You could save money by combining both insurances on one policy, but first work out if you need both types of cover.

Here is what insurance you need for your business

When you need professional indemnity

You need professional indemnity (PI) cover if your business offers advice to customers for a fee. It protects your business if it is sued by a client who has lost money because of the work you do for them.

The types of business that usually need professional indemnity insurance include:

  • Solicitors

  • Accountants

  • Financial advisers

  • Business consultants

  • Architects

  • Engineers

  • Insurance brokers

However, you should consider taking out cover if you offer your knowledge, skills or advice as your main business activity. For example, freelance journalists or graphic designers.

Here is more about when to take out professional indemnity insurance

Why you need public liability

You need public liability (PL) insurance to protect you when:

  • You go out to see clients, e.g. at their home

  • You have clients visit you, e.g. at your home, or business premises

  • You are out on business, e.g. travelling to a meeting

Public liability insurance covers claims made against you if your work results in injury, illness or death to a member of the public. It also covers damage to other people's property.

For example, if someone trips over your tools or equipment when you are out on a job.

How to find the best policy

The best insurance for your business may not be the cheapest, but you can still save money by comparing policies to find what is right for you.

Use this comparison to get as many quotes online from different insurers as possible. Then choose the policy that offers the cover you need at the cheapest price.

If you are unsure what protection your business needs, use this comparison to contact a broker. They can advise you on the right cover, and compare policies to bring you the best price.

Public liability and professional indemnity FAQs

Public liability covers physical damage caused by your work, e.g. injuries or property damage. Professional indemnity covers clients' financial losses.

Yes, but combining the cover you need on one policy could save you money. Compare combined and separate quotes to see which is the cheapest.

Yes, most business insurers offer package options that let you cover all your business needs. Compare package business insurance here.

It depends on the price of your excess, which may be different depending on what you claim for. Check the terms of the policy before you take out cover.

Yes, insurers charge an interest on monthly direct debits, so you will save money if you pay your policy annually.