Directors and officers liability insurance

Directors’ and officers’ liability insurance or D&O insurance covers the financial cost of compensation claims made against your firm’s directors and officers for alleged wrongful acts. Such acts may include:


  • breach of trust
  • breach of duty
  • neglect
  • error
  • misleading statements
  • wrongful trading

Do I need it?


Directors’ and officers’ liability insurance can cover the cost of compensation claims made against company executives by shareholders, investors, employees, regulators or third parties.


Usually directors and officers have specific duties, responsibilities and powers relating to their positions which are nset out in their job description or terms of reference. If a director or officer of your firm is found to have acted outside their terms of reference, civil, criminal or regulatory proceedings can be brought against them.


Directors’ and officers’ liability insurance covers the cost of defending these proceedings, as well as any compensation costs that arise from an unsuccessful defence.


If directors and officers do not have insurance, they face a greater risk of not being able to defend themselves against:


  • disqualification from the position of director 
  • civil proceedings leading to hefty legal costs and awards for damages 
  • criminal prosecution encompassing fines and possible imprisonment

What it covers


Directors’ and officers’ liability covers those claims made by the following:


  • regulators, shareholders or investors, e.g. for failure to act in the company’s best interest
  • creditors

It may also cover claims brought in relation to:


  • breach of European legislation
  • insolvency 

Employment practices liability insurance can be bought as an "add on" or extension of directors’ and officers’ liability insurance. It covers employee discrimination claims such as unfair dismissal and harassment.


Directors’ and officers’ liability sometimes covers defence costs due to criminal and regulatory investigations into your company where no actual wrongful act has been alleged against a director. The specifics of cover will vary from insurer to insurer.


What isn't covered


Directors’ and officers’ liability does not cover claims made against your company as a whole, only those made specifically against individuals for alleged wrongful acts carried out in their capacity as directors or officers.


You can buy directors’ and officers’ liability insurance directly from us and other brokers, as well as direct from insurers.


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