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When Should I Notify A Claim?

When Should I Notify A Claim?

When should I notify a claim

Under the Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) policy solicitors must notify any claim to Lawcover in writing as soon as practicable after any claim is made. The sooner we know about a matter, the quicker we are able to assist.

If you hold a Lawyers Management Liability Policy with Lawcover, you need to notify Lawcover of any Claim or Occurrence or Investigation, as those things are defined in the policy wording, as soon as practicable.

If you have any doubt at all about whether you should notify please contact Lawcover on 02 9264 8855 and ask to speak to one of the Claims Solicitors.

For further information, please download our brochure “Information for Solicitors who think a Professional Indemnity claim might be made against them”.

What if it’s not yet a claim?

Even if a claim has not yet been made against you, we encourage you to notify us of facts or circumstances that could lead to a claim. You have a statutory right to cover for claims arising out of a circumstance that may give rise to a claim against you, if you notify Lawcover in writing during the period of insurance. Early notification allows for early intervention which, in our experience, results in an earlier and more cost-effective resolution.

Top Up Professional Indemnity Insurance – notifying circumstances is essential.

It is common practice in the professional indemnity insurance market for Top Up PII to exclude claims or known circumstances that could give rise to a claim that the insured was aware of but has not notified in writing prior to the commencement of the Top Up PII.

Prompt notification of circumstances is therefore very important under your Top Up PII arrangements.

Accordingly, we encourage you to make appropriate investigations of your partners/staff and notify Lawcover in writing of any claim or matters that in your view, might give rise to a claim, irrespective of value, prior to the expiry of your Top Up PII arrangements.

Who can make a claim?

Lawcover cannot accept claims from persons who believe that they have a claim against an insured solicitor. Claimants should consult an independent solicitor for advice as to whether or not they have an entitlement to claim and how to proceed with that claim.

Claim notification forms may be completed by:

  • A principal of a law practice; or
  • An employee of a law practice who is authorised by the principals of the practice to make notifications on their behalf.

Please forward your PII Claims Notification Form to notifications@lawcover.com.au.

Please forward your Lawyers Management Liability Claim Notification Form to mlnotifications@lawcover.com.au.

If you have any problems completing the questions or submitting the notification, please contact Lawcover on (02) 9264 8855 and ask to speak to one of the Claims Solicitors.

Lawcover is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information you provide to us during the claims notification and handling process. To view our privacy policy please click here.