August 14, 2019

Why is professional indemnity insurance important?

Professional indemnity insurance can protect your business, and when your business is not only your baby but your livelihood, it makes sense to do just that.

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PI) – or Professional Liability insurance as it is sometimes known can cover legal defense costs as well as compensation payments for any acts, errors or omissions that you make or accused of making in the course of your work.

Why is it important?

It is only human to make mistakes but even a small mistake could result in a big loss to a client, especially when you are employed in a creative field where there are fewer rules and the finished product can be open to interpretation. You need to feel confident in your ability to carry out a project to conclusion without sweating the small (and big) stuff and the certainty of knowing you have a professional indemnity insurance policy can take some of the weight of those shoulders.

How can it help?

PI can help with a variety of losses to a client so if you are a business that provides some kind of professional service to clients, offers advice, handles data or intellectual property belonging to others, then Professional indemnity insurance can help to protect you in terms of compensation claims and legal defence costs.

The following looks into the benefits of cover for a few of the professions that we offer products for:-

IT Consultants

Whether you work for a small business or major corporation, IT consultants are one of the many professions that are often required under contract to hold professional indemnity insurance. An ipro professional indemnity policy could provide cover for such things as:-

  • Incorrect advice or a mistake
  • Infringement of somebody else’s intellectual property
  • Breach of Contract

Media & Creative

Media is perhaps the biggest player in the industry, with almost every business involving interaction of some kind. Risks facing the industry such as defamation and intellectual property infringement have always been there and in a compensation culture are only becoming more prevalent.

If you count yourself among marketers, graphic designers, web designers, advertising agents, public relations, brand development, corporate identity consultants, copywriters, publishers and broadcasters then professional indemnity insurance can offer protection against such issues as:

  • breach of professional duty
  • libel or slander
  • unintentional breach of confidentiality
  • unintentional infringement of intellectual property rights
  • breach of advertising regulations

Project Managers 

Being a project manager can be satisfying work when everything runs according to plan. As the saying goes, however, what can go wrong will go wrong some of the time and a client won’t be pleased if it leads to their loss. In a time like this it’s nice to know that project managers’ professional indemnity insurance can be there for you, when you most need it.

  • loss of documents or data
  • Incorrect advice or mistakes
  • Breach of contract

Translators and Interpreters  

Due to a partnership with the organisation The Big Word we are proud to offer Professional indemnity insurance for translators. Translators and interpreters lead busy lives, darting from phone interepations to court hearings as well as working away on translations at home.

Inherent risks associated with this field of work are:

  • Mistranslating when translating/interpreting
  • Failure to meet a dead line causing your client financial loss
  • Loss of your client’s information

Professional indemnity insurance can provide protection and help give you a peace of mind that your policy is there, should you need it and lets you concentrate on doing what you do best.

Other questions

What does professional indemnity insurance cover?

At ipro, our professional indemnity insurance policies can cover what you need it to in your line of work. Unlike many other providers we also provide full retroactive cover which means that our policies cover work you have done in the past, even when you may have not been insured.

What level of professional indemnity insurance do I need?

We are different to many other Professional indemnity insurance providers in that we offer a flexible indemnity limits from £100K all the way up to £5m. Professional indemnity insurance is a safety net for your business which allows you to perform at your creative best whilst being kind to your company cheque book. Our policies start from just £5.13 per month, and you can even pay by interest free installments.

Next steps

You can receive a quote and arrange cover in under 5 minutes by visiting enabling you to get back to doing what you do best.

Written by Chris Bardsley

Chris Bardsley

Chris is our Digital Wizard at ipro and supports all of our search and online marketing activity. It’s what he loves doing, and with 10 years’ worth of experience implementing digital strategies that work, we can’t blame him. Chris is one of our freelancers and has turned his hand to ipro, and specifically, sharing the message of how we can help other freelancers & consultants protect themselves and their businesses. He is a Wizard but doesn’t wear the hat!

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