June 12, 2019

How much Professional Indemnity does a consultant or freelance professional need?

How much Professional Indemnity does a consultant or freelance professional need? Well, many consultants or contractors make the common mistake of thinking they are automatically covered under the principal’s professional indemnity policy. When we use the term ‘principal’, we’re referring to the company who engages the consultant to do the […]
June 6, 2019

Professional Indemnity Insurance Companies

When looking for professional indemnity insurance companies, you’ll notice some quotes reference the insurer as being ‘Certain Underwriters at Lloyds’. That’s because these quotes are issued by underwriting agencies who are Lloyd’s of London Cover holders. What is an underwriting agency and Cover holder, I hear you ask? In simple […]
May 31, 2019

What is Run-off Professional Indemnity Insurance?

What’s run-off insurance, I hear you ask? Well, you may recall in our previous blog, ‘short term professional indemnity insurance’ we highlighted some pitfalls when purchasing pi insurance. Specifically, the risk of only buying pi cover for a short-term contract. In this blog, we explained how professional indemnity works, particularly […]
May 22, 2019

Short term professional indemnity insurance explained

So, let’s explain short term professional indemnity insurance. You’re a freelance Contractor. You have just won a 6 month project tender. Now, the contract for this tender requires you to have a $2m professional indemnity insurance policy in place. Do you only need to buy a short term pi policy? […]
May 13, 2019
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What Exclusions do Professional Indemnity Policies have?

What Exclusions do Professional Indemnity Policies have? You see, many people think that their professional indemnity policy will cover all of their liabilities. A word of warning, it won’t because all policies contain exclusions. Furthermore, on average professional indemnity policies contain about 20 standard exclusions.  To help understand these exclusions, […]
May 3, 2019

How much does professional indemnity cost?

How much does professional indemnity insurance cost? Simply, go to FD Beck’s online calculator. All you need to do, is answer a handful of questions to get your obligation free professional indemnity quote. However, we are often asked – “How do the answers to these questions determine my professional indemnity […]
April 30, 2019
What is the difference between Professional Indemnity vs Public Liability Insurance?

What is the difference between Professional Indemnity vs Public Liability Insurance?

I would love a dollar for every time I have been asked, “what is the difference between Public Liability & professional indemnity insurance”? Put simply, Professional Indemnity Insurance (also known as PI Insurance) covers losses arising from you providing professional services or advice to a client. If you are asking […]
April 26, 2019

Three things to look for when comparing Professional Indemnity Insurance

Many business owners fall into the dangerous trap of only comparing Professional Indemnity Insurance purely on a ‘price’ basis. Typically, people will look for a ‘compare the Professional Indemnity market’ type website. After all, often businesses are only purchasing PI Insurance because they’re entering into a contract that requires them […]
April 10, 2019
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Is professional indemnity insurance compulsory or a legal requirement?

For many businesses, professional indemnity is not a legal requirement. In fact, in Australia quite often the only insurance that is required at law is workers compensation insurance. That’s only for those companies with employees. However, for some industries professional bodies or regulators make professional indemnity mandatory. For example, if […]
April 3, 2019

How do you figure out who needs Professional Indemnity Insurance?

You may believe that Professional Indemnity Insurance is only for certain of ‘high-risk’ professionals. In our experience, many people mistakenly believe that PI insurance only applies to architects, accountants, engineers, lawyers or doctors. However, that’s simply not true. Furthermore, some people incorrectly believe that because they are only a small business they don’t […]
July 3, 2018
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Are you a Financial Advisor? You need Professional Indemnity Insurance

Being a financial adviser is all about giving advice. Working in this industry requires a high level of honesty and integrity. Also, you must operate professionally with complete transparency. However, the provision of financial advice can be a legal and regulatory minefield. This means, you need Professional Indemnity Insurance. You […]
June 7, 2018
Cyber Liability Insurance

Why you need Cyber Liability Insurance

Cyber Liability insurance. What is it? Well, it’s for the coverage or the risk mitigation of cyber breaches in which valuable company or person specific data; information or insight is stolen through a digital medium. The risk of your business being victim to cyber-attack is no longer just a fringe […]
May 7, 2018
Owner Builder Insurance

The Benefits of Owner Builder Insurance

Are you an owner builder? If you are, one of the most important things you can do before the construction of your new home or renovation commences is to invest in an appropriate Owner Builder Insurance policy. But, what is owner builder insurance? More importantly, what are the benefits of owner builder […]
March 23, 2018
Data Breach Reporting

Have You Heard About Mandatory Data Breach Reporting?

On February 22 a new Data Breach Reporting regime was introduced in Australia. Under the Privacy Act, businesses are now required to notify their customers of any data breaches that could cause them serious harm. What’s Considered a Notifiable Data Breach? First off, a data breach is considered notifiable if […]
February 5, 2018
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Achieve Small Business Success in the New Year

Did you know, approximately one in two small Australian businesses are confident they will experience growth over the next 12-months? According to research conducted by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the willingness to accept new technology is a key indicator of how confident a small business owner feels. The survey […]
December 20, 2017
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FD Beck in Support of St Kilda Mums

This year, instead of having an office Kris Kringle, we decided to pool our funds and give a donation to the wonderful volunteers over at St Kilda Mums. Trish Chalk and Sue Burton were thrilled to put together a collection of essential items for new mums, like nappies and baby wipes, […]
December 20, 2017
Christmas Vacation

How to Take a Christmas Vacation While Running Your Business

Small business owners are often lumped with long shifts and minimal vacation time, but don’t write off that family Christmas holiday just yet! George Hartley, the director and co-founder of the email app, Smartrmail, is living proof that your personal life doesn’t have to suffer just because you’re running a successful […]
December 20, 2017
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Professional Indemnity Insurance for Small Businesses: What You Need to Know

Trust us, Professional indemnity insurance is something any small business owner should investigate. As much as you might not want to think about insurance coverage and the risks you face when operating a small business, the below points demonstrate how important professional indemnity insurance for small businesses is and how […]
December 20, 2017
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8 Essential Steps to Take When Making an Insurance Claim

If you’re a small business owner, chances are, you have the appropriate business insurance in place. However, you wouldn’t be alone in hoping that you’ll never actually need to use that insurance. But, with business ownership comes risk, and with risk comes the chance that you might eventually need to […]
December 20, 2017
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From Journalist to Food Truck Owner: Happy Camper Pizza

With a communications degree and a Masters in International Relations and Politics, Sonia had forged a successful career as an International journalist, living the life that most people could only dream of. Working in Mumbai on programs for the ABC, including ABC News and the 7.30pm report, her role encompassed everything […]

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