Painters and decorators save £80k on legal support

30 March 2023

Members of the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA), have saved more than £80,000 thanks to a partnership with Markel Law.

PDA Members have saved thousands in legal fees through the Markel UK Business Hub.

Markel also provides access to legal and tax support and advice helplines, as well as group commercial legal expense insurance.

The partnership has been so successful over the last seven years, the team at Markel UK have now signed up to become an Associate Partner of the PDA.

Markel UK provide group commercial legal expenses insurance protection and online legal support and document creation service – a free offering to PDA Members.

The PDA have seen a 20% increase in utilisation of these services in 2022.

The Business Hub includes a range of documents that PDA Members can download for free, saving an average of £350 per document.

PDA Chief Executive, Neil Ogilvie said:

“A key part of our role as the UK’s largest trade association dedicated to the painting and decorating sector, is ensuring our Members have access to services that support their businesses.

“We are delighted to welcome Markel UK as an Associate Partner, cementing a long-standing relationship which has provided a wealth of benefits, savings and support to PDA Members.

“The Business Hub is a really valuable asset and I’d encourage Members who may feel they don’t require legal advice to register online and explore what is available.

“We know Members use the Business Hub for work-related issues such as employment contracts and health and safety, but information is also available for personal legal matters such as making a Will.

“Alongside this, Markel UK provides PDA Members with helpline services which are available around the clock, and details of all these benefits and more can be found on our website.”

Nicola Sumner, divisional director – partnerships at Markel UK, added:

“Markel is committed to working with the PDA to provide its Members with legal expenses insurance and additional savings through our value-added services – legal helpline, tax helpline and Business Hub.

“We’re very much looking forward to continuing this successful partnership by driving savings and genuine value to both the PDA and its membership base.”

 As well as legal support provided by Markel UK, PDA Members are covered by a group commercial legal expenses insurance protection.

PDA membership categories 1 to 5 automatically include free access to the 24/7 online business and legal support offered by Markel Legal Expenses Insurance via their Markel Business Hub.

PDA Members can access the Business Hub by using their PDA membership details to register or log in at: Login (

For a full list of the benefits available when you join the PDA visit: Small to Medium Contractor Membership.

You can apply to join the Association by contacting Membership Services Manager, Denice Harper at: [email protected]