If someone is injured or their property is damaged, the person or business responsible may be sued and held legally liable for the injury or property damage. Where legal liability is established, damages will be awarded to the claimant to compensate them for their injury or the damage to their property. Where damages have been paid for an injury, the NHS is entitled to recover costs for hospital treatment.
The person or business responsible will also need to pay legal costs, including the claimant's. Liability insurance is designed to protect your business against these costs.
If your business has employees, it is likely that employers' liability insurance is compulsory. However, there are a few instances where this insurance is not compulsory.
This guide explains what cover each type of liability insurance offers and how liability insurance is sold and priced.
Structure your business
Name your business
Register your business
Choose your premises
- How to employ staff for the first time
- National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates
- Carry out pre-employment checks
- Ensure your workers are eligible to work in the UK
- Get employers' liability insurance
- Issue a written statement of employment
- Set up your payroll and register for PAYE with HMRC