Directors and officers insurance
Specialist cover for directors and officers' liabilities from as little as £5 a month
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Frequently asked questions
Do I need directors and officers insurance?
In today's litigious society, claims against directors and officers are becoming increasingly common. These can come from many sources, including:
- Investors and shareholders who blame directors for their loss
- Liquidators that suspect wrongful trading
- HMRC where insolvent trading is suspected
- HSE where negligence is suspect
- Police and Serious Fraud Office investigations where fraud is suspected
While a claim may seem unlikely, particularly for small companies with only one or two directors, the fact is that if a claim was brought against an individual director or officer and cover was not in place, the costs to defend the claim (and any damages payable should the defence be unsuccessful) would have to be funded out of the director's own personal finances. As such, it is worth giving consideration to whether your business needs directors and officers cover.
What kind of claims does directors and officers insurance cover against?
Directors and officers insurance claims are wide ranging, however some examples of claims we have handled include:
Breach of health and safety regulations - a construction company suffered a near miss when a huge pane of glass fell from the fifth floor of a redevelopment project onto the pavement. Miraculously, no one was injured but the Health & Safety Executive made a site visit the following day. This revealed a number of legislative breaches. A variety of actions were subsequently brought against the directors resulting in costs of £45.000.
Divorced team take director vs director action - a husband and wife team equally owned a successful contract cleaning company. Following a messy divorce, the wife accused her husband of deliberately mismanaging the finances to distort the true worth of the business. This is commonly known as a director vs. director action and is on the increase as business pressures mount. Total costs amounted to £75,000.
What limit of cover should I choose?
Many clients and industry bodies with regulatory requirements will require you to have a minimum level of cover in order for you to undertake a contract, so it's worth checking this before you arrange cover. If you're unsure, or it's the first time you have arranged cover, give some thought to a worst-case scenario and the likely costs involved in putting your mistake right. We offer a range of limits, so you're sure to find the right cover for your business.
Why should I insure with Markel?
Established over 25 years ago, we've gained an unrivalled understanding of the risks facing contractors, consultants, freelancers and self-employed professionals, and our policies are specially designed to protect you.
We're regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority, and you can view our details on the Financial Services Register. We're a division of Markel International, a Lloyd's and London market insurer that wrote gross premiums of £850m ($1.05 billion) in 2016.
We're proud to have been named Claims Team of the Year at the Commercial Insurance Awards 2016. We know how much disruption a claim can bring to your life, which is why we aim to deal with all claims fairly and swiftly.
Still not sure? Call us on 0800 640 6600 - one of our insurance experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and talk you through the insurance we offer so you can choose the right cover for your business. Alternatively, get an online quote in 90 seconds now and call us later if anything needs clarifying.