Freelance Grooms Insurance

KBIS’ Freelance Grooms Insurance provides comprehensive cover to ensure you have the protection you need in your day to day work.

The main cover benefits that can be included on a grooms policy are Care, Custody and Control, which covers injury to, or the death of, a horse in your care for which you are liable and Public Liability, which covers you against any third party property damage or third party injury for which you are found liable.

Under these sections, the policy will cover you for all general grooming services, including clipping, as well as schooling horses at the owner’s premises. It also offers you the flexibility to include other activities, with specific extensions to cover available, such a teaching or even house sitting and dog walking!

Our experienced team can explain the cover options available, helping to tailor a policy to your specific requirements. In addition to our Freelance Grooms Insurance policy, you may also want to take a look at our stand-alone personal accident insurance.

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British Grooms Association

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Have you considered becoming a member of the British Grooms Association?

KBIS are proud to work with the BGA and provide bespoke Freelance Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance for its members which can be taken out alongside your annual membership, find out more at britishgrooms.org.uk

Features & Documents

Request a Quote

To obtain a quote you can either contact us by phone or email to request a proposal form.

Contact Us

Call us on 0345 230 23 23 and press option 4.

Monday to Thursday – 9.00am to 5.30pm

Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Saturday – 9.00am to 12.30pm

Sunday – Closed

Complete an Online Proposal Form

You can complete an online proposal form which will be submitted directly to our office and a quotation will be emailed to you within one working day.

Download a Proposal Form

You can download a Freelance Groom Liability Insurance Proposal Form below and either post or email the completed form back to us. We endeavour to provide all quotations within one working day of receipt of the complete form.

Grooms Insurance – Cover Available

Public Liability

Public liability covers you for any claims made against you in respect of third party property damage or third party injury. We offer a choice of limits from either £1,000,000, £2,000,000 or £5,000,000 with an excess of £500 (third party property damage only).

Care, Custody & Control

Also referred to as Custodial Liability, this section provides cover should a horse, in your care, sustain an injury or die as a result of your negligence.
Benefits are paid for veterinary fees or, in the event of the horse’s death, the current market value of the horse, up to the incident limit of £10,000 per horse, and £100,000 during the policy period and an excess of £500 for each and every loss.

Specific Extensions

We can offer specific extensions to cover depending on your individual requirements, for example, extend your Public Liability cover to include house sitting or clipping. We are also happy to approach our underwriters about any non-standard extensions to cover that you may need.

Grooms Insurance – Policy Documents

Proposal Forms

The proposal form can be downloaded and completed in full if you require a quotation or should you wish to take out cover following a quotation you have already received.

Key Facts

The Key Facts outline the significant features, benefits, exclusions and limitations of the KBIS Liability Insurance Policy. They do not contain the full Terms and Conditions.

Policies taken out on, or after, the 1st January 2019

Policies taken out on, or before, 31st December 2018

Terms and Conditions

The Terms and Conditions outline the full details of cover available under a KBIS Liability Policy.

Please note the Terms and Conditions specific to the cover you hold will be sent out with your certificate of insurance.

Policies taken out on, or after, the 1st January 2019

Policies taken out on, or before, the 31st December 2018

Terms of Business

The Terms of Business outline the agreement between KBIS and their customers.

Grooms Insurance – Claim Forms

General Liability Claim Form

Should you need to make a claim on your policy it is important that you notify KBIS as soon as possible.

The following guide will help to ensure that you have complied with the terms of your policy with regards to claims notification. It is important to adhere to these conditions as failure to do so may prejudice your position with underwriters.

1.) Initial notification

Contact KBIS as soon as possible. You can contact KBIS by:

Phone:

UK Telephone No: 0345 345 2323
Outside UK: +44 (0) 1635 247474

View our office opening times here

Email:
ask@kbis.co.uk

2.) Obtain a Claim form

You can download a General Liability Claim Form above.

If you have contacted our offices we can arrange for a form to be sent by post, including a free post envelope for the return of your form and documentation

3.) Collate all necessary information

In order for us to process your claim in the most efficient manner it is important that we have all of the relevant documentation, as requested, to enable us and the underwriters to consider the claim in its entirety.

4.) Send the completed form and documentation to KBIS

Please note that we are unable to give any indication whether a claim is likely to be paid without the completed claim form and invoices.

Frequently Asked questions

What liability cover is available?

The cover options available under liability policies are specific to each individual policy but the main areas include:

Public Liability
Covers against bodily injury to third parties and damage to third party property
Employers Liability
Cover against bodily injury to people employed by you or your business
Custodial Liability (Care, Custody & Control)
Cover against death/accidental injury to horses/ponies under your care, custody or control.

What does limit of indemnity refer to?

The phrase ‘Limit of Indemnity’ is the insurer’s maximum liability in respect of any one event or series of events i.e. it is the total to which you are covered up to. In some cases you will be offered a choice of the limit of indemnity and in other instances the level of indemnity will be fixed.

When offered a choice, for example Public Liability cover up to £1,000,000/£2,000,000 or £5,000,000 the higher limit of indemnity will mean that you will pay a slightly higher premium. In the event of a claim you will have to provide evidence in order to substantiate the amount to be claimed.

What is Public Liability?

Public Liability covers you against bodily injury to a third party or damage to a third parties property as a direct result of your negligence. Public Liability cover will normally be offered with a choice to the limit of indemnity. The scale of benefit will be outlined in the individual terms and conditions of the policy.

Public Liability cover, although not law, is essential for any business, event /show, club, instructor or trainer and is often a requirement when taking out Employers Liability.

What is Employers Liability?

Employers’ Liability provides cover for any bodily injury, sickness or disease sustained by your employees as a result of the business’s negligence.

Employers’ Liability is a requirement by law under the Employers’ Liability Act 1969 and should be in place for anyone working on your behalf, whether full time, part time or in training.

When taking out employers’ liability it is often a requirement to also take out public liability cover.

You can find out more about employers laibility here – http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse40.pdf

What is Custodial Liability (Care, Custody or Control) Insurance?

Custodial Liability insurance provides cover against the death and/or accidental injury to horses/ponies that are in your care, custody and control, such as full time liveries or working liveries, in respect to a claim that is made against you by the owner.

A benefit will be paid for veterinary fees and/or the current market value, up to the limit of indemnity, in the event of an accident, sickness, disease or mortality of the horse.

Most policies will offer a choice in the limit of indemnity per horse but up to up to a maximum limit of indemnity in the policy period.

Can you tailor a policy for my specific business needs?

Yes our policies are designed, when possible, to offer you the flexibility to choose which areas you wish to take out and also provide extension of cover depending on your business requirements.

In some policies certain cover is automatically provided where as in others it is offered as an additional extension to the cover. For example care, custody and control is automatically included in a riding establishment policy where as on a livery yard policy it is offered as an extension to cover – a DIY livery yard who isn’t handling client’s horses would not necessarily wish to take out this level of cover. Where as a livery yard offering full livery and therefore dealing with clients horses on a daily basis, care, custody and control would be a sensible option to consider.

What information will I need to relay to insurers?

It is important when obtaining a quote to tell your insurer as much information as possible in order for them to gain a good understand of your business and insurance needs. Failure to specify certain information may lead to having inappropriate cover, may affect any claims against the policy or both.

When phoning up make sure you have the following information easily to hand:

  • Main Business Activity
  • Number of Staff
  • Number of Horses
  • Wageroll
  • Any other business activities
  • What insurance you currently have in place
What about Health and Safety and Risk Assessments?

KBIS, like all insurers, require that you comply with current Health and Safety guidelines as well as ensuring that you have appropriate risk assessments in place. Whilst we do not provide any risk management advice ourselves, the following two links may act as useful reference points and contain information on risk assessments and expected requirements, along with good practice advice for equestrian businesses:

Health & Safety Executive

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Horse Riding Establishments & Livery Yard Guidance

What happens in the event of a Claim?

Liability claims are often a complex process and unlike in other claims procedures your insurance company will deal with the incident on your behalf. You will therefore need to forward any relevant documentation relating to the incident or solicitors letters onto you insurance company in order for them to defend your position in the event that you are not liable.

In some cases a loss adjuster may be appointed by the underwriters to establish the exact cause of the loss.

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