Insurance solution cuts Personal Guarantee Risk of Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance

purbeck insuranceBy Legal Futures Associate Purbeck Insurance Services

As the April 2022 renewal season for Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance fast approaches, the Partners/Directors of Solicitors’ firms could face demands for personal guarantees from their insurer as a condition of cover. In response, a new Professional Risks Personal Guarantee Insurance (PGI) policy has been launched by Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance to specifically protect the leaders of Solicitors’ firms from the financial risk of signing a personal guarantee to secure PII cover.

Insurance companies offering Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance are increasingly requesting Personal Guarantees. This is to provide the insurer with means of recovery in respect of the run-off premium in the scenario where the solicitors firm fails, enters an insolvency procedure and the insurer is obligated to provide 6-year run-off cover.

Professional Risks Personal Guarantee Insurance (PGI) is an annual policy providing insurance cover for the Directors of solicitors firms that have provided Personal Guarantees to insurance companies in respect of Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) run-off premiums. The run-off premium is typically 300% of the latest annual PII premium. The cover applies where the run-off premium cannot be met by available cash resources of the firm.

Todd Davison, Managing Director of Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance said: “During the past year we have seen increasing interest from Solicitors firms for Personal Guarantee Insurance specifically for Professional Indemnity cover.  This is largely in response to the Minimum Terms and Conditions (MTC) for participating PII insurers to provide 6 year’s run-off PII cover, whether or not the run-off premiums are funded by the solicitors firm. The MTC are set by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and despite approaches from the insurance sector in 2020 for a relaxation of the rules, now appear to be an enduring requirement in the Solicitors PII marketplace.

“As a Personal Guarantee looks set to become a standard requirement of Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance, we have developed a specific Professional Risks PGI to help protect the personal assets of the Directors of Solicitors firms, leveraging our unique skills and expertise as the UK’s sole Personal Guarantee Insurance provider.”


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