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Professional Indemnity Trade Insurance

Our professional indemnity can cover risks for hundreds of trades, so you can work worry-free.

  • Professional indemnity trade insurance that works for you
  • Select indemnity levels to suit your specific needs
  • Easily combine these with other liability and business covers
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Why choose professional indemnity trade insurance with Towergate?


Market-leading professional indemnity insurance

Our market position enables us to source some of the best products available.


PI policies to comply with professional association obligations

Specific professional indemnity cover meeting the requirements of a range of professional bodies and trade associations.


Professional claims service

Expert advice to help you with claims you face.

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Pay by direct debit

You can choose to split your payment into 10 monthly instalments. Please read our dedicated page on Direct Debit.

About professional indemnity trade insurance


Professional indemnity compensation claims covered

Professional indemnity policies can help protect you against claims for compensation, or legal fees should a professional negligence claim suffered by your customers alleging a breach of professional duties be made against your business.


Tailored professional indemnity levels for your trade

Each business and profession is different – different services, customers, specialisms, jurisdictions and, for this reason, we remain flexible on the levels of cover available. Depending on your policy and personal requirements, we can offer various features, including 24-hour legal advice and worldwide geographical limits. Based on your industry and business turnover, among others, we provide professional indemnity cover ranging from £1 million to £10 million.


Get professional indemnity cover fast

Need indemnity protection to tender for a contract? We can set up your policy over the phone and put your cover in place immediately, emailing policy documents the same day or sending by post within 24 hours.


Group together your insurance

We can also include a variety of business, management, director’s liability and other business insurance covers suited to your needs. Match your professional indemnity insurance together with public liability and employers' liability, directors and officers liability, employment practice liability in a single management liability policy solution. Together with many other business essentials covering accidental loss or damage to computers, office contents, tools/testing equipment cover, data protection, income protection and much more.

When you need to make a claim, we'll guide you through the process and get your claim settled as quickly as possible.

  • Find your insurance documents and make sure you have all your information at hand, including your policy number.
  • Call the claims team on 0330 123 5741 and explain exactly what happened.
  • Provide photos if requested to help us understand what happened as quickly as we can.
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Professional indemnity trade insurance FAQs

Whilst indemnity insurance is not required by law, it is a type of insurance that the vast majority of businesses could not do without, particularly when you are giving advice. Just having a claim raised against you, regardless of whether it’s founded or even successful, can be timely and very costly. Our professional indemnity cover provides legal defence costs from the outset. If the claimant is successful and you have given wrongful advice, the policy will pay compensation awarded against you.

It’s also true that many professional trade organisations and institutions require you to have minimum levels of indemnity insurance before becoming authorised or a member.

You are unlikely to find an insurance company who will advise you exactly on how much cover you need. It is essentially your responsibility to take out adequate levels of cover although our advisers can go through your options over the phone and advise on what you should take into account.

Check contracts and your customer and other regulatory requirements. Many industry organisations or professional bodies will likely be able to offer you some guidance on this also.

Professionals offering design, advice or consultancy services from their own home can make professional errors for which they may be liable, in exactly the same way as can occur whilst working from an office, design studio, surgery or a contract site. Never make assumptions!

It’s very important that you do not assume that just because you tucked away working from your own home, out of sight, that you can’t breach your professional duties of care. Do speak with an adviser about your risks.

When you stop trading or retire, we recommend you still have insurance known as ‘Professional Indemnity run off’ cover. This would protect you from allegations of negligent advice raised against you in retirement that arise from past contracts and services performed. Legal limitations permit claims to be made against you for up to six years from the time the breach of contract was committed, known legally as the ‘date cause of action’ accrued. Claims in Tort can be longer. For more information refer to Section 5 of the Limitation Act 1980.

Many professional bodies insist on professional indemnity ‘run-off’ cover being in place for retired practitioners – i.e. Chartered accountants, surveyors and many more.

Yes we do. When you buy a policy from us, we email you all the policy documentation with full details of the cover you have with us. You can use this to present to your clients as proof of cover.

The answer depends on your business activities. We can readily provide public, products and employers' liability insurance packaged together with professional indemnity insurance in one combined package. In addition to protecting your liabilities, we can also offer business insurances cover for loss or damage to commercial property, buildings, office contents, stock and computer equipment (including loss of data.) and business interruption cover for loss of income.

If you would prefer to spread the cost of your policy you have the option of setting up a Direct Debit to pay your premium in equal monthly instalments through our preferred provider, Premium Credit Limited (PCL).

If you want to know more about our monthly payment option, please read our dedicated page on Direct Debit.

To understand more about how PCL work together with Towergate, please read our Regulatory Information.

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Professional indemnity trade insurance articles and guides

What is the Difference Between Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance?

What is the difference between public liability and professional indemnity insurance? We define PL and PI insurance to help you decide if your business needs them.

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Choosing the Right Level of Indemnity Insurance

When you take out public liability insurance, you’ll need to choose the level of cover you need. You’ll set a cover limit of £1 million, £2 million, £5 million or £10 million to protect your business if a claim is made against you. Choosing the right level of cover to suit your enterprise can be daunting, and it may be tempting to opt for a lower level and a potentially cheaper premium.

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