What is trustee indemnity insurance?
Trustee indemnity insurance (also known as trustee liability insurance) offers financial protection to individuals against civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings, which may arise while acting in their capacity on behalf of the organisation.
The insurance will pay legal costs incurred in defending allegations and damages arising from any judgment, award or settlement. It is a common insurance protection required for trustees to accept their positions on the board.
Trustee Indemnity insurance is similar to D&O insurance
, however it is specially designed for third sector & charitable organisations. If you act as a trustee for a pension scheme, please visit pension trustee liability insurance
Why is trustee indemnity insurance important?
Trustees and individuals acting on behalf of your organisation are exposed to numerous obligations and can become the target of legal proceedings.
Any trustee, officer or employee (including volunteer) performing duties on behalf of the organisation that fails to meet their legal obligations can be held personally liable.
The law generally seeks to protect individuals where they have acted in good faith and complied with their duties. However, every organisation should consider trustee indemnity insurance to offer a legal defence against allegations and protect the personal assets of individuals.
Trustee indemnity insurance claims examples
Individuals acting on behalf of organisations are exposed to numerous obligations and can be the target of legal proceedings, both individually and jointly.
Breach of law
Employment practice claims (against trustees)
Breach of trust
Breach of regulation
Decisions exceeding authority
Claims made on behalf of the organisation
What cover is available under a trustee indemnity policy?
The majority of insurers will offer trustee indemnity insurance cover on a packaged basis, allowing the customers to select which limits to purchase under each section.
Trustees indemnity offers individuals financial protection from civil litigation and regulatory investigations, while acting in their capacity on behalf of the organisation. The insurance will protect against legal costs in defending allegations and damages.
Organisation insurance offers the organisation financial protection from civil litigation and regulatory investigations. (i.e breach of contract, copyright infringement and corporate manslaughter). Organisation insurance can only be offered when purchased with trustee indemnity insurance.
Employment Practices Liability
Employment practice liability
, also known as EPL Insurance, offers the organisation and their trustees, directors, officers, employees, protection from claims arising from a range of employment disputes (i.e. wrongful dismissal, harassment and discrimination).
offers the organisation financial protection for the theft of property, money or securities from employee dishonesty or fraud. The standard offering is typically limited to Employee Cover, however some insurers may provide additional cover.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
Professional indemnity insurance
, otherwise known as PI Insurance, protects against negligent acts, errors or omissions resulting from civil litigation in the provision of advisory, counselling, consultation or other services.
Additional covers available under the one policy can include: kidnap & ransom, cyber insurance and pension trustees liability insurance.
How do insurers underwrite our trustee insurance?
The size of your organisation, measured by turnover, total assets and employee numbers will have a direct impact on how your trustee indemnity insurance premium is calculated.
A key consideration for insurers is your financial stability and operational history. If you maintain a strong revenue and profitability with little debt, you are likely to obtain more favourable terms for your trustees.
Trends indicate a strong correlation between increased frequency and severity of claims made against trustees when an organisation becomes insolvent or enters into administration. Downstream libaility claims can arise from a variety of sources and attempt to apportion blame.
How is fraudulent or criminal trustee conduct dealt with?
Fraudulent, dishonest or criminal conduct, in addition to gaining an illegal profit, is not insurable.
In most cases, the insurer will defend the individual on the basis they are innocent until proven guilty and will require a final adjudication or admission of guilt from the offending individual.
Innocent trustees will remain fully covered, even if the acts of their colleagues were fraudulent or dishonest.
How does a trustee indemnity policy work?
An organisation may choose to indemnify its trustees in respect of legal proceedings under a written agreement. However, under any agreement there will be circumstances the organisation will be unable (i.e. insolvency) or not permitted (i.e restricted by law) to indemnify its trustees.
Trustee indemnity insurance policies have therefore been designed to provide cover under the different scenarios. Either pay on behalf of the trustee (Side A); or reimburse the organisation after it has indemnified the trustee (Side B). It is worth noting that most policies will not maintain a deductible for Side A, but will maintain a deductible for Side B.
How do trustee indemnity limits of liability work?
Aggregate basis, means the amount insured under the policy is a maximum for the entire policy period, no matter how many claims are made; or
Any One Claim basis, means the amount insured under the policy applies to each and every claim (or importantly a series of claims arising from any single event).
Trustee indemnity insurance policies will include a change in control provision. If the organisation is merged or acquired, the policy will stay in force for the remainder of the policy period, but only for claims based on wrongful acts before the change goes into effect.
There will often be the option to purchase an extended reporting period and this should be considered because a transaction will increase the potential for future legal disputes.
How much trustee indemnity insurance should we purchase?
The limit of liability you purchase will depend on your perception of the exposure and how much you are prepared to spend to mitigate the risk.
We recommend you consider more than one option to appreciate the cost to increase your limit. It is also worth considering that defence costs on average amount to 65% of the total cost of trustee claims.
How to compare trustee indemnity insurance quotes?
Please complete our online application
to compare trustee indemnity insurance cost from the wholesale market. Increasing competition within the market means cover offered by insurers continues to expand with numerous extensions available.
If your organisation is perceived as carrying a low-to-medium hazard, competition remains high. At get indemnity™ we continue to see and reduction in premiums available for trustee indemnity insurance.
If your organisation is perceived as carrying a high hazard exposure or you have recent claims activity, your insurance broker
should engage with you early to ensure sufficient planning to obtain a satisfactory renewal.