Directors & Officers Liability FAQ

If you run an Organisation, or sit on a Board of Directors or a committee, you have a duty of care owed to many different stakeholders. As a result you can be personally liable for the decisions you make on behalf of that Company or Organisation you represent. 

Being personally liable as a Director or an Officer of a company means that you would personally have to pay compensation, legal costs or even a Fine or Penalty.

This means selling your home or any other assets you own, losing all your savings, may be even becoming bankrupt as a result. This means being unable to run your own business or be a Director of any company for many years,

Having said that, did you know that only 17%* of Australian entities have some form of Directors & Officers Liability cover?

Yet globally many Directors are very concerned about their personal liability exposurers. Read more here

CPR Insurance Services can save you from being uninsured for these exposures. Call us or read more about this area on this page.

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*Figure provided by Australian Institute of Company Directors

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D&O premium pool ‘must treble’ to return to profitability

A new report – called "Show Me The Money!" by insurer XL Catlin and law firm Wotton + Kearney – is the second in a series of three white papers on securities class actions and their impact on the Directors & Officers Liability (D&O) market. The main conclusion is that Directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance premiums are under-priced significantly and need to rise strongly to restore profitability. The main risk areas are those exposed to securities class actions, 

It says Directors & Officer's Side A, Side B and Side C cover has been chronically underpriced since at least 2011, while the frequency of class actions is increasing as more plaintiff lawyers and litigation funders enter the space.

The analysis suggests last year’s overall premium pool of about $210 million would need to increase by at least three times to establish a profitable market, if it is assumed all other factors stay unchanged.

“Recent market developments would indicate most D&O insurers are now endeavouring to restore some semblance of profitability to their portfolios after years of market losses,” the report says.

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• more than 31,000 homes and business have been repaired or received settlements from their insurance company

• more than 20,000 families have had possessions replaced

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• over $5 million has been paid EACH DAY to assist local communities, residents and businesses.

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