Excess Liability

Excess Liability

What is Excess Liability Insurance for?

Standard liability policies have upper limits on how much they can pay out. If your business requires coverage greater than this amount, then Excess Liability Insurance can step in - in the event of a claim, it will pay the extra amount outstanding once your initial policy's limit has been reached.

Why don't standard policies have high enough limits already?

Mostly, they do. Excess Liability covers businesses, individuals, and situations, where the risk is greater than the normal risk covered by the primary policy. Put simply, some businesses have more to lose than others - but policies have to be designed on careful analysis of average risk trends over time. So if your business is an outlier in its needs, you can still take out the general policy, but will require Excess Liability Insurance to secure the extra cover you'd need in the event of a claim. 

Excess Liability insurance can pick up where your Public Liability leaves off. If your risk exposure is higher than your Public Liability cover limit, you may need this additional insurance. 

What if...

  • A court decides against you and you're made to pay a harsher than expected compensation settlement?
  • A contract clause requires you to have a higher limit than you have at present?
  • You are undertaking a project in a high value, well-known, or sizeable venue?

How does cover work?

  • You can normally purchase a number of excess liability policies to sit on top of one another - allowing you to create very high levels of protection as required
  • Cover will normally follow the terms of cover under your primary or first layer policy
  • The level of premiums for each policy/layer is normally less than that required by your primary/first layer policy
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La Playa’s Personal Risk Concierge means:

  1. A dedicated adviser so you can speak to the same person each time
  2. Careful listening to really understand your needs and priorities
  3. As much help as you need with completing forms to provide risk information
  4. A discreet and complimentary appraisal* of your property to assess the risks and ensure you have the right cover where you need it
  5. An independent market review - so you don’t have to shop around comparing policies, cover limits, risks covered and smallprint exclusions
  6. Careful monitoring of the insurers’ financial strength, claims and customer service
  7. An independent recommendation of the best policy for you - and, importantly, why
  8. Specialist policy wordings from underwriters who have demonstrated excellence and deep understanding of your risk exposures. We have analysed a wide range of policy wordings and have selected only the best for our panel. Our advisers have a deep working knowledge of these policies 
  9. An intelligently designed portfolio of protection across multiple asset classes and territories
  10. Advice on how best to manage your risks - to keep you safe but also to keep insurance costs down
  11. Expert guidance on valuations, security and risk management, and connecting you with specialist advisers and suppliers
  12. Direct phone, mobile and email access to your adviser for questions and advice. We aim to respond to emails within 60 minutes
  13. Policy documents emailed to you - no logins and passwords to remember
  14. An advocate beside you if you make a claim - thinking laterally to mitigate the impact, making useful connections to get you back up and running; driving through to a swift and fair financial settlement

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  • No call centres
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