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What is Director’s and Officers (Management Liability) Insurance?
Directors and officers (D&O) insurance policies offer liability cover for company managers to protect them from claims which may arise from the decisions and actions taken within the scope of their regular duties.
Any allegations of wrongdoing need to be investigated and defended, and this can cost a significant amount even if the case doesn’t reach court. This means directors’ and officers’ personal finances are at risk, so it’s essential companies provide protection through directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance.
A D&O policy provides financial protection for managers against the consequences of actual or alleged “wrongful acts” when acting in the scope of their managerial duties. The D&O policy will pay for defence costs and financial losses. In addition, extensions to many D&O policies also cover costs for managers generated by administrative and criminal proceedings or in the course of investigations by regulators or criminal prosecutors.
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Managers can make mistakes and legally be held personally liable for those. Common scenarios involve Employment practices, HR issues and failure to comply with regulations or laws.
You may be held personally responsible for your business actions and will have unlimited personal liability. Only shareholders have limited liability.
This important aspect of cover can provide protection against potential claimants such as;
- Regulatory bodies (including HSE and HMRC)
Directors & Officers Liability cover protects your personal assets in the event of a claim. Even to defend an action can prove to be extremely costly.