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.

  • How to protect valuable client data when travelling

    How to protect valuable client data when travelling

    As a self-employed individual, regular business travel is part and parcel of the job. In many professions, it may also mean taking responsibility for sensitive or private data.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Managing scope creep

    Managing and Prevent Scope Creep

    The best-managed projects are those that have clearly defined scope. Scope creep occurs when ambiguity takes over, communications are poor and the standard of project management slips. It can affect companies on both an operational and a strategic level.

  • What is a limitation of liability clause?

    What is a limitation of liability clause

    Limitation of liability is an essential part of any working agreement between a consultant and their client. This guide for self-employed people gives you all the necessary information so you can mitigate the risks and ensure your business is covered.

  • What's the difference between a freelancer, consultant and contractor?

    What's the difference between a freelancer, consultant and contractor?

    More than 4.8 million people in the UK are now enjoying the self-employed life. Many love the freedom of being able to make work revolve around their personal life. Others relish the opportunity to break free from the constraints of traditional office working.

  • How to start a photography business

    How to start a photography business

    Turning your hobby into a profitable business venture is a dream for many. Luckily, for those with a passion for photography, there’s an industry out there that provides a fantastic opportunity to go it alone and set up their own company.

  • Myths around IR35

    True or false: Myths around IR35

    IR35 can be confusing to get your head around at best of times, especially with a lot of contradicting information out there. To separate the fact from the fiction, we’ve debunked some of the most common myths around IR35.

  • How to become a private tutor

    How to become a private tutor

    Registering as a private tutor can open the doors to new paid opportunities and help young learners develop new skills. Find out what you need to do to become a private tutor, including what insurance to take out, with this guide.