Marketing consultant and agency insurance

Specialist cover for marketing consultants and agencies from as little as £5 a month

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Our marketing consultant and agency insurance provides specialist cover for a range of marketing and media professions, including general marketing consultants, advertising agencies, PR advisors and brand designers.

With over 25 years experience insuring professionals, we have unrivalled knowledge of the risks facing the marketing and communications industry.

Advising clients does not always work out as planned. When things go wrong, it is vital your business is properly insured. A mistake in a design, a client injuring themselves during a visit to your office or the theft of expensive computer equipment could have serious repercussions for your business. Our marketing consultant and agency insurance could cover you for these events and more.

Building a specialist policy for your marketing business is fast and easy. Our simple quote system asks you about your business activities and builds a policy around them. You can buy all or just some of the covers quoted, so you will only pay for the cover you want.

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Tailor your specialist marketing consultant insurance with these covers

  • Professional indemnity insurance

    Professional indemnity insurance covers the cost of defending your business against allegations of professional negligence (such as giving your client incorrect or wrongful advice) and if unsuccessful, the cost of damages awarded against you.

    Examples of claims include:

    • You produce a new marketing plan for a client to grow income, but your recommendations have the opposite effect and sales drop. Your client takes legal action against you for the loss of business.
    • You organise an event for a client, however when you arrive at the venue it transpires that you never confirmed the booking. The client claims against you for the cost of rearranging the event.

    This is vital insurance for all marketing professionals, and cover is available with limits ranging from £50,000 to £5m.

  • Public liability insurance

    Public and product liability insurance covers the cost of defending your business (including damages awarded against you if unsuccessful) if someone is injured, or their property damaged, which arises from you going about your business or supplying products.

    Examples of claims include:

    • A client slips during a visit to your offices and injures themselves. They make a personal injury claim against you seeking compensation.
    • In commissioning an exhibition display you created for a client you damage the floor of a venue, and your client is sent a repair bill. Your client expects you to pay the bill.

    Limits range from £1m to £5m.

  • Employer's liability insurance

    Employer’s liability insurance is a legal requirement if your business has employees. It covers your business against claims for injury or illness suffered by employees arising from their employment.

    Examples of claims include:

    • An employee trips over a computer cable in your office and breaks their wrist. They make a personal injury claim against you seeking compensation.
    • Whilst setting up an exhibition stand for a client, an employee injures their back. They are unable to work for a significant period of time and make a personal injury claim against you seeking compensation.

    If your business employs staff, even on a part time basis, you need this cover. Cover for £10m.

  • Directors and officers insurance

    Directors and officers insurance covers the costs of defending you as a director or officer of your company against allegations of wrongful acts and any damages subsequently awarded against you. Cover is also provided in respect of the legal costs and expenses of defending actions for disqualification as a director, investigations and extradition proceedings. Limits range from £100,000 to £5m.

  • Office insurance

    Office insurance covers your office buildings, office contents and computer equipment against accidental damage (including theft) whilst on your business premises. You can also choose to cover your business equipment (such as laptops and mobile phones) on a worldwide basis, and insure your business against loss of income and/or additional trading expenses following events such as damage to your property.

  • Occupational personal accident insurance

    Occupational personal accident insurance provides a weekly payment if you are unable to work due to temporary total disablement (subject to a 14 day deferment period).

    In the event of loss of limbs, sight, speech, hearing, permanent total disablement or death, a lump sum would be paid out.

    If you would struggle to maintain an income if you were unable to work following the accident, you should consider having occupational personal accident insurance to help ease the financial burden. Limits from £100/week to £500/week for temporary total disablement (£25k lump sum to £100k lump sum for permanent total disablement).

  • Legal representation and employment disputes insurance

    Legal representation and employment disputes insurance pays your legal and representation costs, together with any award you are required to pay, following an employment dispute - for example, with another dance teacher that you employ in your business. It also pays costs and expenses for certain crisis management, identity fraud, official investigation, corporate manslaughter, pollution and data protection issues. Limit of £100,000.

  • Cyber and data risks insurance

    Cyber and data risks insurance pays the costs of restoring data and equipment, informing clients, meeting ransom demands and loss of your net profit following a cyber attack. It also pays your legal defence costs and damages you are legally liable to pay to other parties. If you hold confidential information about your clients and their projects on computers and other internet connected devices, you should consider to this cover.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Which marketing professions do you cover?

    We insure a wide range of marketing professions, including:

    • Marketing consultants
    • Freelance creatives, graphic designers and web designers
    • Advertising and media consultants/agencies
    • Branding consultants
    • Digital marketing consultants
    • PR consultants and advisors
    • Communications consultants
    • Market research consultants
  • I need professional indemnity insurance to secure a contract - do you provide proof of cover?

    Yes. If you purchase your policy with us, your documents are emailed to you instantly and include a dedicated 'Confirmation of Liability Insurance' document (detailing the cover you have with us) which you can present to agencies and clients as proof of cover.

  • Is my past work covered?

    We cover past work if you have held professional indemnity insurance uninterrupted prior to arranging your policy with us.

    If there was a period of time where you did not have professional indemnity insurance in force (for example, you have never arranged professional indemnity insurance before, you chose not to renew a previous policy or you cancelled a previous policy at the end of a contract) we are unable to cover past work.

    If you require further clarification, don't hesitate to call us on 0800 640 6600.

  • What's the difference between professional indemnity and public liability?

    Professional indemnity insurance covers against allegations of professional negligence - which means it would cover you if you were to make an error or mistake in a piece of work (such as a project or report) for a client.

    Public liability insurance covers against allegations of injury or illness caused to third parties by your negligence. This includes many of the slips, trips and falls that are associated with personal injury claims. In addition, public liability insurance covers against damage to third party property - for example, if you were to damage a client-owned laptop or smartphone.

    As they insure against different scenarios, it's important you consider arranging both types of cover to ensure you are properly protected.

  • 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?

    Gathering over 25 years of expert knowledge of engineering insurance, Markel understands the liabilities and risks engineering businesses and professionals face every day. By developing this expertise, Markel have created policies to cover all bases.

    Markel is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority - view details on the Financial Services Register.

    The company is a division of Markel International, a Lloyd's and London market insurer that wrote gross premiums of £750m ($1.0 billion) in 2017.

    Still not sure? Talk it through with us by calling 0800 640 6600 or get an online quote in 90 seconds now, and call later if anything needs clarifying.

Insure with Markel to access these exclusive policyholder services

Our policyholders receive access to these unique services designed to make your life easier (included as standard with certain covers).

24 hour legal helpline 24 hour legal advice helpline

When you insure with Markel, you'll benefit from 24/7 telephone access to a qualified solicitor at no additional cost. Expert legal advice can be costly when you're working for yourself and it's difficult to know who to turn to for a trustworthy answer. Whether it's a question on health and safety, employment law, legal structures for your business or how to handle a difficult client, an experienced team of solicitors are on hand day and night to help you with any business-related legal queries. Included as standard with all policies.

Legal hub access Markel Law Hub access

In addition to our 24 hour legal helpline, you'll have access to the Markel Law Hub - an award winning online resource of legal and business guides, templates and content written and created by our team of expert solicitors. Instantly download ready-made contracts, policies, procedures and guidance you can use for your business - without paying any expensive legal fees. Included as standard with all policies.

Fee dispute service

Customers don't always pay on time and chasing fees or invoices costs time and money. Mindful of the impact this has on your business, we offer our policyholders access to a unique fee dispute helpline operated by one of the UK's leading law firms, who will provide specialist legal guidance and support on fee dispute issues. Included as standard with professional indemnity insurance.

Discounted IR35 contract reviews

Falling within IR35 legislation - which determines that an individual is avoiding tax by using a limited company to disguise employment - is a huge concern for contractors and consultants, with the fees and penalties due to HMRC eye-wateringly high. Our policyholders receive an exclusive discount on IR35 contract reviews from Abbey Tax (a Markel company), who have over 20 years experience advising individuals and businesses on their tax status. As part of the service, Abbey Tax will review your contract, along with your working practices, to determine whether or not you are operating outside of IR35, and you'll receive a written report with suggested contract amendments where appropriate. Policyholders can access this service by calling 0345 223 2727 or emailing contractreviews@abbeytax.co.uk, quoting 'MKLD' and your policy number.

Public relations crisis management service

In today's 24 hour news culture, public relations disasters can occur at any time. Having to deal with the press whilst managing a difficult situation can be hugely stressful as well as being a potential minefield. When there is a risk to your business as a result of negative press attention, our specialist public relations crisis management firm, The Counsel House, will work with you to help manage allegations of fraud, injury caused to employees or the public, and official investigations into your company's affairs. Included as standard with professional indemnity insurance, directors and officers insurance, cyber and data risks insurance and legal representation and employment disputes insurance.

Cyber response helpline

If you're the victim of a targeted cyber attack, our cyber response helpline provides access to specialist solicitors and information security experts who will give expert legal and technical IT security guidance on the issues arising from cyber and data protection risks. Included as standard with cyber and data risks insurance.

Cover starting at just £5 a month