This cover provides protection for a breach of professional duty, or errors and omissions. It generally relates to occupations where a client is utilizing their specialist services or obtaining professional advice, and that client suffers a loss be it physical damage or injury or simply a financial loss as a result of the advice (or non advice) provided.
The types of industries that would require this type of cover are;
- Finance Industry - Accountants, Financial Planners, Insurance Brokers
- Real Estate Industry – Real Estate Agents, Valuers, Property Managers
- Building Industry – Architects, Engineers, Project Managers
- IT Industry – IT Consultants, Software Designers, Web Designers
- Recruitment Industry
There are two main components of a Professional Indemnity Policy to consider;
- It is a claims made policy wording;
- Effect of the retroactive date
A “Claims Made” policy means that it is the policy that is current when you are advised of the claim that will be the one that will provide the cover.
The retroactive date is the date after which incidents are covered.
By way of example you have a Professional Indemnity policy in place from 1 January 2009 to 1 January 2010, and it has a retroactive date of 1 January 2005.
If you are notified of a claim that has arisen after from an incident that occurred on 25 March 2005, you would be covered under this policy as it is in force at the time you have been advised of a claim, and the incident occurred after the retroactive date.
If however in this example the incident occurred on 25 March 2004 (ie before the retroactive date) then you would have no cover.
The “backdated” date that the policy will cover incidents occurring is type of policy is quite technical with issues such as retroactive dates, runoff covers and the claims made basis.
Whilst some insurers seek to place a limit on the retroactive date wherever possible we endeavour to have an unlimited retroactive date.
Professional Indemnity covers act as a policy of defence. This means that as soon as you are notified of a possible claim, your insurer will step in and appoint legal advisers etc and actively defend the claim on your behalf as well as meet any valid claims.
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