Indemnity, advice and support for corporate risk

Providing clinical services? If something goes wrong, your limited company could face legal action as a separate entity, as well as or instead of individual dentists and healthcare staff.

We offer a variety of corporate indemnity solutions to ensure comprehensive protection for your organisation – including expert dento-legal guidance and support with complaints and claims, representation and a personal account manager.

Contact our corporate team to find out more and download our product guide.


Why you need corporate membership

With our corporate membership solution, you’ll get expert dento-legal guidance and a robust defence if your company is held liable for a range of failings, including:

•   failure to properly investigate complaints or patient safety concerns

•   poor performance or conduct of individual staff and sub-contractors

•   inadequate practice systems and procedures

•   poor quality training and lack of regular staff assessment.

Watch our video on the left to find out more about how we can help you.

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Solutions available to you

Solutions available to you

Corporate Indemnity Solution

If you provide dental services through a company, we offer comprehensive indemnity protection against dental malpractice claims, alongside access to dento-legal and advisory support 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Looking for a bespoke solution?

We also provide bespoke solutions for your whole team, including group indemnity for your dentists and allied healthcare professionals.

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Benefits of corporate membership

  • Expert dento-legal guidance and advice.
  • Indemnity for claims not covered by the NHS.
  • Defence against corporate manslaughter charges and defamation and discrimination allegations.

  • Legal expenses support for coroner's inquest where this relates to your corporate clinical practice.
  • Personal account manager, available 9-5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Complaint response support.
  • Employment law and health and safety helplines.
  • Employee assistance helpline for staff.

  • Savings on accountancy, tax and business advisory services as well as employment law and health and safety support packages.

  • Support with worldwide Good Samaritan acts.

  • 24-hour press office support.

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I have had the pleasure of knowing and collaborating with my dedicated account manager for over four years, during which time I have consistently witnessed unwavering commitment to the highest standards of medical practice and ethics. The DDU team have consistently demonstrated their dedication to providing exceptional customer care, and their professional conduct has been commendable throughout our interactions. They have always been approachable and responsive, with willingness to collaborate.”

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Frequently asked questions

Is indemnity for vicarious liability included within DDU membership?

Indemnity for clinical negligence claims pleaded vicariously is included as a standard benefit of DDU membership for dental practice principals and our dental corporate members.

Why has the DDU introduced vicarious liability into its standard membership for principal and corporate members?

There are a small, but increasing, number of dental claims being brought against practice owners and the DDU has introduced this inclusion to your membership to safeguard you against this growing risk.

What does indemnity for vicarious liability include?

For more on the benefits of membership, see page 9 of our individual member guide and page 6 of our corporate guide.

Do I need to apply for indemnity for vicarious liability separately?

No. From the 1 June 2021, this benefit has been added automatically to membership for our principal and corporate members. This means that indemnity for clinical negligence claims pleaded vicariously against a practice principal or corporate are now included as a standard benefit of DDU membership.

This applies to claims that arise from treatment after 1 June 2021 and to new claims in which the treatment was provided before that date if the individual or corporate was a DDU member at the time.

Do GDC registered dental professionals still need their own indemnity?

Yes. It is a legal requirement for all dental professionals to have adequate and appropriate indemnity in place for their work. You should obtain and retain a valid certificate of individual indemnity from dental professionals working at your practice.

Does my individual membership indemnify me for claims brought against my company?

Where clinical services are provided by a company, it is increasingly likely that a claim relating to the alleged negligence of an associate or employed dentist will be made against the company.

If an incorporated entity, such as a limited company, provides clinical services and employs staff, it's important that the entity can respond in its own right to protect the interests of the director(s). Our dental corporate indemnity solution can provide you with the support you need. 

Case scenarios

Corporate groups are not immune to clinical negligence claims. Here are some examples of scenarios where we have helped.