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What Does Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover
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Professional Indemnity FAQs


What Does A Professional Indemnity Policy Cover?

Professional indemnity insurance will provide protection for the defence costs and legal liability should a client bring legal action against you for financial loss to their business.

What does professional indemnity insurance cover?


Professional indemnity insurance covers the policyholder for the costs of legal action made against them in respect of financial loss which occurs due to the negligence, error, or omission in professional advice or services provided by your business.

The coverage provided by professional indemnity insurance can be understood in two categories:

  • defence costs
  • legal liability

Should a client bring legal action against your business alleging that you, or an employee acting for your business, has caused a financial loss due to error, omission, or negligence in the provision of your services the professional indemnity policy will cover the legal representation/defence costs as necessary. Should the outcome of such a legal dispute be that your business is liable, the policy will also pay the financial liability owed, up to the limit of indemnity on the policy.

What Is Covered?

  • Breach of professional duty
  • Libel, slander or defamation
  • Unintentional breach of confidentiality or privacy
  • Unintentional infringement of intellectual property rights
  • Breach of a contract to design or supply Deliverables or IT Service in specific circumstances

Please refer to the applicable Policy Wording for a full list of what is covered under this policy.

What Is Not Covered?

  • Claims as a result of dishonest, fraudulent, malicious or illegal acts
  • Contractual liability
  • Claims as a result of insolvency or bankruptcy
  • Deliberate acts
  • Legal action brought under the jurisdiction of the US or Canada

Please refer to the applicable Policy Wording for a full list of what is covered under this policy.

​Do I need retroactive cover?


Retroactive cover refers to coverage for services undertaken previously.

Professional indemnity insurance will include an exclusion whereby any claims relating to services provided prior to the 'retroactive date' are excluded. This is important as for the majority of negligence claims it is possible for a claim to be brought against you for services provided up to 6 years ago.

Professional Indemnity insurance operates on a 'claims-made' basis which means it is the policy in force at the time the claim is made, for example when the negligence proceedings are brought against you, that will react to the matter and not the policy in force at the time of the negligent act.

Qdos Professional Indemnity policies include retroactive cover as standard for all non-IT trades. This means that your retroactive date will display as 'None', as there is no retroactive limit on your policy.

For IT trades, Qdos offer optional retroactive cover for an additional premium. Simply add 'Cover For Past Work' when building your quote. You will prompted to do so if this applies to you. You may wish to include retroactive cover if:

  • You have had a gap in your cover
  • You have changed insurance provider from another company
  • If you have not previously been insured but have provided services in the past which require cover

How much PI cover do I need?


Professional indemnity policies can be purchased with a range of indemnity limits (limits of cover). Qdos policies are offered with indemnity limits of £1 million, £2 million and £5 million.

In order to determine the level of cover you may need, you should:

  • Check your contractual agreement where applicable for clauses which require a level of cover to be held
  • Assess the risk of your business - those providing professional advice to large clients such as high street banks or handling large amounts of data on behalf of a client, may be at risk for higher value claims

The Company


About Us

Why Qdos?


Qdos Contractor are one of the leading providers of specialist contractor insurance services in the UK. Our online application process takes only a matter of minutes with all documentation issued instantly. Unlike many other brokers, we don’t hide our premiums until you've provided your details, as we are confident that our premiums, service and product are the best in the market. In addition, Qdos Contractor is one of the leading authorities on the IR35 legislation and have handled well over 1,500 IR35 enquiries on behalf of UK contractors.


Our History


Qdos began in 1988 as a tax consultancy business and has grown significantly over the past two decades, providing expert business services, products and advice. Over the years, Qdos has grown in both size and reputation as a trusted contractor insurance broker as well as an expert tax advisor. Our aim is to provide UK contractors with the assistance and service with IR35 issues they need as well as sustaining excellent quality and competitive premiums in the contractor insurance market.

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