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What is public liability insurance & why would I need it?

It provides cover against claims made by members of the public who have suffered injury or damage (including to their property) in connection with the business, for example:

  • A window cleaner who has left their ladder unattended and a passer-by is injured by it, or damages the glass of a window they're cleaning
  • A cleaner who forgot to put a 'wet floor' sign out after mopping the floor and someone slips and injures themselves

If someone is severely injured in connection with a business, they could be entitled to claim a lot of money, and if you don't have the right cover in place, that claim could have to come out of your pocket, putting your livelihood on the line.

Compensation resulting from claims can include loss of earnings, future loss of earnings, damages that are awarded to the claimant, together with legal costs in defending against the claim, and also the claimant's legal costs that you would incur if you are found to be at fault.

It's good practice to have sufficient cover in place to protect yourself and your business against both claims of negligence which resulted in injury to a member of the public or damage to property. 

Who might need public liability insurance cover?

The types of businesses that might need public liability insurance include:

  • Cleaners
  • Caterers
  • Window cleaners
  • Builders
  • Plumbers & heating specialists
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters

If you'd like to know more about public liability insurance, take a look at our small business guides section which includes information such as 'The importance of liability insurance' and 'Understanding public liability insurance'.

What do I need to get a quote?

As well as having details about you (your name, DOB, contact telephone number etc.) and your business (company/trading name, trading address) to compare quotes you'll need the following information:

  • Details of your turnover and employee wageroll
  • Details of any previous claims
  • Your renewal documents from your current insurer (if you have one)

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Any business is vulnerable to accidents that may cause physical damage or injury to your customers and the general public. Having effective cover in place allows you to concentrate on what you do best; run your business!

  • Ensure your business is safe against the claim culture we live in with public liability insurance.
  • Without insurance or the right level of cover, a liability claim could heavily impact on your business and your personal life.
  • If you employ anyone in your business, don’t forget it’s a legal requirement to have employers’ liability cover. Public Liability insurance is provided by YOUR Insurance of 2nd Floor, Norfolk House, 187 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3AW. YOUR Insurance is a trading name of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited, authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 313250).