Specialist insurances and IR35 advice
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With product offerings for professions ranging from Private Investigators and Scene Examiners to Toxicology Experts, our insurances are specifically tailored to the needs of the forensic science industry and are underwritten by some of the biggest insurers in the UK. Here at Larsen Howie, we help you to protect your business so you can do what you love with peace of mind. We offer a huge range of insurances, from Professional Indemnity and Public (& Employers) Liability to IR35 Tax Investigation & Liabilities.
|Forensic Science professions we insure online|
|Fingerprint Examiner||Scene Examination|
|Forensic Practitioner||Tachograph Analysis Expert|
|Handwriting Expert||Toxicology Expert|
If your profession isn't in the list above, we could still cover you.
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What insurances do Forensic Science contractors need?
Professional indemnity insurance (often referred to as PI) is one of the fundamental types of insurance for Forensic Science contractors and freelancers. Our PI policy protects you and your business, should your client allege that you’ve made an error or omission in your services. This can include inadequate forensic analysis given, or negligence when handling confidential cases. It also covers legal expenses when defending the claim, or any compensation needed to fix the problem.
Public liability insurance Public Liability (PL) insurance covers the cost of a claim made by a client or a member of the public that has suffered injury or property damage as a result of work you’ve done i.e. you may leave instruments out and a client may injure themselves. While this may not seem necessary if you’re a home-based Forensic Science contractor, it’s worth having even if you rarely work from a client’s office.
An IR35 Contract Review protects you from potentially being caught by IR35. IR35, or the Off-Payroll Working Rules, has been reintroduced to challenge possible avoidance of tax and NI contributions. In particular, HMRC is looking for so-called ‘disguised employees’ who gain and carry out work via partnerships and limited companies. This makes Forensic Science contractors, freelancers and consultants prime targets for investigation. If you find yourself being investigated under IR35, HMRC will ask you to prove that you’re NOT an employee - this is where a preemptive contract review will be invaluable. We can also provide you with one of the UK’s leading tax experts for IR35 training or as a defence should you have to go to trial.
|Public (& Employers) Liability|
|IR35 Tax Investigation & Liabilities Insurance|
|IR35 Tax Investigation Insurance|
|Contractor Tax & Legal Protection|
|Contractor Personal Accident|
|IR35 Contract Review - Assessment|
|IR35 Contract Review - Full|
|IR35 Working Practices Review|
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