If you have to complete a proposal form it will be reviewed by an experienced Underwriter. The completed form is a ‘presentation’ of your business to the insurance market, so spend some time making sure it looks professional. They will use it to judge the quality of your firm.
If you spend time and money on risk management and improving quality, make sure your insurer knows about it. This could easily be overlooked and not reflected in your premium so add some notes on this subject.
Ask your broker for their view of the current PI market a for your profession and their plan for managing your renewal. This should be done two months before your renewal date.
Aim to have your renewal terms and alternative quotations available at least one month before your renewal date. Within reason, ensure that timings for the renewal process are pre agreed and clearly understood by everyone, especially your broker.
Insurance rates rise and fall and so a flexible approach to the level of cover purchased is sometimes needed. Instruct your broker to obtain a range of limits so that cost and risk can be fully considered and you have the option to adjust your level of cover up or down as necessary within budget.
For larger policyholders, this can be set up by the broker and helps establish a stronger long-term relationship with your Insurer.
If you have any large claims, don’t rely on a standard print out sheet to give a satisfactory explanation. Give some background about the claim and some assurance on actions taken to avoid a recurrence.
Getting an alternative quotation is an easy process and competition will often result in premiums falling dramatically. Your broker should be one of your trusted advisers but still needs to be tested if you want to avoid complacency.
Not suitable for everyone, but buying professional indemnity insurance online is becoming an easy and effective way of arranging insurance. It has a clear cost advantage to insurers which is passed on to the policyholder. Generally best suited for businesses up to £ 150,000 turnover and with no adverse underwriting features.
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