Help & guidance for professionals

  • What is professional indemnity insurance?

    What is professional indemnity insurance?

    If you are alleged to have provided inadequate advice, services or designs to a client, professional indemnity insurance provides cover for the legal costs and expenses in defending the claim, as well as compensation payable to your client to rectify the mistake.

  • Handling clients with medical conditions: a guide for yoga teachers

    Handling clients with medical conditions: a guide for yoga teachers

    The best yoga teachers can help beginners get up to speed quickly whilst challenging more experienced students with more complex routines. But they also need to be aware of how to help people with medical conditions.

  • The Budget: what does it mean for small businesses and the self-employed?

    The Budget: what does it mean for small businesses and the self employed

    The dust is settling on another Budget Statement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer. While the headlines are dominated by politics, small businesses and the self-employed are looking to get the facts. Here’s our guide to get straight to the bits that really matter.

  • How IR35 reform will impact UK contractors

    How IR35 reform will impact UK contractors

    Contractors and agency workers could soon be forced to pay more in tax and National Insurance under changes put forward by the Government.

  • Should I become a contractor?

    Should I become a contractor?

    If you have a skill or expertise it’s important to put it to good use. While you might well lead a long and fulfilling career in employment, you may also benefit from the rewards to be had by becoming a contractor.

  • What is GDPR?

    GDPR: What is it and how will it affect small businesses and freelancers?

    Businesses collect and store an astronomical amount of data on their customers and clients in this digitally-driven age. However, the rules on how data is obtained and stored are about to change and it’s vital that everyone – including small businesses and freelancers – is aware of and takes notice of the changes, known as GDPR.

  • The new draft IR35 legislation

    New IR35 Private Sector Legislation explained

    The long awaited “private sector IR35” legislation has finally been released in draft form. Here's Markel Tax's quick guide to what it means for contractors.

  • The new draft IR35 legislation

    The new draft IR35 legislation

    The new draft IR35 legislation has been released - here is a summary of the key points and Markel Tax's initial thoughts on them.

  • How to protect valuable client data when travelling

    How to register with Companies House

    Choosing whether or not to register your business with Companies House and turn it into a limited company isn’t always a clear–cut decision. However, this important choice can profoundly affect your trading success. Read our guide below for an overview of the considerations you should be making when this question arises, as well as the steps you will need to take if you do want to register your business.

  • The Rise of the Self-Employed

    The Rise of the Self-Employed - our survey's findings

    In an age of hot-desking, freelancing and contracting, we wanted to explore the differences between the lifestyles of the self-employed and those traditionally employed.

  • The Rise of the Self-Employed Infographic

    We surveyed 250 self-employed professionals to get an insight into their lifestyle and work habits. Here are the key findings from the survey!