Professional Indemnity Insurance explained: Why do I need it?

9 August 2017




If your startup involves giving professional advice or consulting services to clients, you need to look at Professional Indemnity Insurance.

You should protect your startup and the people working within it against claims that may arise; this could involve alleged negligence or breach of duty that might arise from an act, error or omission by you or one of your team.

A Professional Indemnity claim could result from:

  • Breach of duty
  • Breach of contract
  • Negligent advice or misleading information
  • Breaches of confidentiality or copyright
  • Loss of documents
  • Conflict of interest
  • Unintentional defamation.


Some startups should be aware they may work in an industry where the regulator has set rules or where contracts for services they provide specify a minimum level of professional indemnity cover that is required to able to trade.

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