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Why do you need bookkeeper insurance?

Whether you specialise in small to medium-sized businesses, sole traders or startups – or do a bit of everything – your clients rely on you for critical support. Errors and mistakes do happen, and bookkeepers’ professional indemnity insurance could be a make-or-break cover, along with protection for your employees, if you have a team.

  • cover for hard-hitting claims for mistakes and errors
  • professional indemnity insurance for bookkeepers (UK-specific)
  • peace of mind, knowing your hard work is covered if a crisis hits


What does bookkeepers insurance cover?

We’ll start with professional indemnity insurance for bookkeepers, which can cover you against mistakes and errors in your client work. From there, you can add public liability cover for injuries and property damage – you’d be surprised what can happen in a small office – and employers’ liability insurance for your team, if you’ve hired anybody.


How much does bookkeeping insurance cost?

Find out how much you’ll pay by comparing prices from a range of trusted insurers. You choose what goes into your policy, so you only pay for what you need.

Prices start from £4.74 per month

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What kind of excess should I expect?

An excess is an amount you pay towards any claim you make on your insurance. For example, if your excess is £250 and you make a claim worth £1000, your payout will be a maximum of £750.

Insurance cover

Lowest excess

Highest excess

Professional indemnity

No excess

£2500

Public liability

£100

£2500

Employers’ liability

No excess

No excess

Business and office equipment

£50

£750

The figures above are for guidance only and any excess applying to your quote may differ. You’ll get a breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us.


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How do I choose insurance?

Making sure you have the right type and level of business insurance can be the difference between getting a claim paid and having to cover the cost of an expensive accident yourself. Read our tips for guidance on what to consider when buying a policy.


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How do claims work?

Unlike price comparison websites, we take the hassle out of claims for you. We know how important it is to get your business back on track quickly – and with a minimum of fuss. That’s why you get access to your dedicated claims any time, day or night. Call them on 0333 207 0560 or claim online. They’ll do their best to be fair and supportive.

£51 million in claims paid out in 2023

83% of claims were settled in 2023



Bookkeeper insurance FAQ

So, do bookkeepers need insurance to operate? Whether you’re new to buying business insurance or you’ve been trading for a while, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about insurance for bookkeepers. You can also check out our business insurance FAQs.

Your clients rely on you for the highest level of professionalism and attention to detail. But mistakes do happen, and professional indemnity insurance is a top priority for most bookkeepers, because it can cover you if a client sues for negligent errors.

Another thing to bear in mind is requirements from certain professional bodies, like the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). You’ll need adequate bookkeeping professional indemnity insurance to become a member, and to comply with regulatory requirements for the sector.

Yes. It’s important to make sure you have the right type and level of insurance for the different types of work you do. For example, if you’re a plumber, you may also do building work on certain jobs – you’ll need additional cover for this, but you can have it all on the one policy. When you start your quote, you’ll have the option to add another trade or profession to your policy. If you need to add a third trade, give us a call on 0333 043 8527 and one of our insurance experts will help you set up your policy in minutes.

If you change your business legal structure from sole trader to limited company mid-way through your policy, give us a call straight away on 0333 043 8527. It’ll only take us a few minutes to cancel your existing policy and replace it with one that correctly covers your new legal structure. It’s worth bearing in mind that your insurer and premium amount may need to change.

This will depend on whether you have employers’ liability insurance in place. Public liability insurance is designed to protect your business against the consequences of legal action brought by members of the public for injuries or damage to their belongings. But when it comes to your employees causing injury or damage, this protection only activates if you also have employers’ liability insurance.

If you employ people, you’re required by law to have employers’ liability insurance.

There’s one exception here. Family businesses that aren’t incorporated as a limited company are not legally required to have employers’ liability insurance. The government defines a “family business” as one where all your employees are closely related to you (as a spouse, civil partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, step-parent, stepchild or half-sibling). So if you run an unincorporated family business and you choose not to get employers’ liability insurance, it’s important to know that your public liability insurance wouldn’t cover you against damage or injury caused by your team.

We create this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always check policy documentation for details and seek professional advice. Read our full Terms and Conditions


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