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Top Up Insurance

Top Up Insurance

Lawcover Insurance Pty Limited (Lawcover) can offer law practices the option of extending their policy limit from the primary $2 million up to $20 million under its Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) policy, subject to underwriting criteria.

Coverage up to $20 million

Lawcover’s Top Up insurance is provided by a simple endorsement to the primary policy and is provided on substantially the same terms as the primary policy.

Seamless claims management up to $20 million

One of the major benefits of the increased limit is that Lawcover’s claims solicitors will continue to act on behalf of an insured law practice if the claim exceeds the primary $2 million limit. Lawcover’s claims handling philosophy is well known:

  • Solicitors who are the subject of unjustified claims will be strenuously defended, however;
  • Clients who have suffered loss as a result of the demonstrable negligence of their solicitors will be compensated for that loss as quickly as possible.

Once indemnity has been confirmed for a claim, solicitors can have the peace of mind that Lawcover will always act on their behalf, up to the limit of indemnity that they have chosen.

There is a continuity of cover clause in the endorsement to the effect that law practices which have purchased Top Up insurance from any insurer for at least one year immediately preceding the period of insurance, have the benefit of continuous claims-made cover for previously notifiable facts or circumstances (other than for fraudulent non-disclosure or misrepresentation).

If you have any questions about Top Up insurance please contact our Insurance Services Team on 1800 650 748 or insuranceservices@lawcover.com.au.

About the Top Up PII Endorsement

1. Your duty of disclosure

Before you enter into the insurance contract, you have a duty to tell us anything that you know, or could reasonably be expected to know, may affect our decision to insure you and on what terms.
You have this duty until we agree to insure you.
You have the same duty before you renew, extend, vary or reinstate the insurance contract.
You do not need to tell us anything that:

  • reduces the risk we insure you for; or
  • is common knowledge; or
  • we know or should know as an insurer; or
  • we waive your duty to tell us about.

If you do not tell us something
If you do not tell us anything you are required to, we may cancel your contract or reduce the amount we will pay you if you make a claim, or both.

If your failure to tell us is fraudulent, we may refuse to pay a claim and treat the contract as if it never existed.

2. Extent of cover

Top Up insurance is provided on substantially the same terms of use as the primary PII policy but there are some differences.

You must comply with your duty of disclosure as set out above, and Lawcover retains its rights to cancel or avoid the Top Up PII endorsement.

There is continuity of cover for circumstances that are notified late (but not where there has been fraudulent non-disclosure or misrepresentation) for law practices that have had Top Up insurance for at least one year immediately preceding the period of insurance. The limit of indemnity and excess may not be the same. You must read the Top Up PII endorsement carefully to ensure that it meets your needs.

3. Claims made policy

The PII policy (including Top Up PII endorsement) is a claims made policy of insurance. This means that the policy covers you for claims first made against you during the period of insurance.

Unless continuity of cover applies (see above), the Top Up PII endorsement will not provide cover where:

  1. An insured was aware, or reasonably should have been aware, of the claim prior to the commencement of the endorsement; or
  2. The claim relates to, or arises out of, any fact or circumstance prior to the commencement of the endorsement, and which an insured was aware, or reasonably should have been aware, might give rise to a claim against an insured.

You also have a statutory right under section 40(3) of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 to cover for claims arising out of a circumstance that may give rise to a claim against you if you notify the insurers in writing during the period of insurance.

If your Top Up PII endorsement shows a retroactive date, the Top Up PII endorsement will not cover claims that arise from matters, facts or circumstances that occurred prior to the retroactive date.

Top Up Run Off

We offer run off cover for your Top Up insurance when your law practice ceases, subject to certain criteria.

For More Information

Top Up Insurance Brochure