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What is meant by an 'indemnity to principals' provision and an 'additional insured' provision? What are the practical differences in protection each affords to the principal/additional insured?

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Published on LexisPSL on 25/02/2019

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What is meant by an 'indemnity to principals' provision and an 'additional insured' provision? What are the practical differences in protection each affords to the principal/additional insured?

An indemnity to principals clause, as defined in Commentary: Who insures?: Manual of Construction Agreements [13], is a common feature of insurance'>liability insurance policies, notably in the construction industry. It is useful where a contractor wishes to insure its principal (or principal contractor) under its own insurance. The clause enables the contractor to do so without having to amend its policy (or otherwise consult underwriters).

The chapter referred to above further explains that:

‘Most contractors maintain

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