Liability for faults and failures in the delivery of professional services now extends far beyond the traditional professions. We recognise that no professional enjoys being confronted with a lawsuit that impugns their professional standing, and that maintaining reputation and commercial relationships are paramount when defending a claim.
We support our insurer clients and their customers when they are facing PI claims, in all sectors, whether it be healthcare, financial services, construction, property, medical and information technology sectors, or in agriculture and semi-professional trades. We advise small and medium-sized businesses that hold professional indemnity or errors and emissions cover as well as individual professionals.
Working as a team with professionals and their insurers
We have a large group of 14 Professional Liability Partners across our six offices, skilled at working closely with professionals to assess the risks of their business with the aim of avoiding or mitigating claims. In the event that a claim is made, we provide our insured clients with a smooth pathway through the litigation process, helping them fully understand and appreciate the rights and obligations under their policy, and mapping out their prospects of successfully defending the claim.
For insurers, in addition to managing claims, we advise on coverage and wording to ensure policies are fit for purpose for different professions. We have experience of responding to claims in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
We have defended professionals before regulatory bodies and the courts, including the examples below:
Disciplinary proceedings against doctors and dentists
Successfully defending or reducing the liability of numerous medical professionals in disciplinary proceedings before AHPRA, the Dental Practice Board and VCAT.
Complex multi-million dollar claims against a failed stockbroking entity
Advising the PI and D&O insurers of a failed stockbroking business that left underwriters exposed to hundreds of individual claims, leading to an array of insurance, insolvency, financial services and fiduciary issues.
$30 million+ PI claim following power station failure
Acting for the professional indemnity insurer of a multinational engineering company with respect to the failure of two gas fired power stations.
Judicial review of disciplinary proceedings against a registered valuer
Successfully seeking judicial review of disciplinary proceedings against a registered valuer on grounds of delay and abuse of process.