Professional Indemnity

What is professional indemnity insurance?

If you provide a professional service, there are many areas where you may be exposed to liability for an economic loss as a result of an error or omission by you or one of your employees. These liability challenges and threats have increased due to a demand of accountability on experts giving advice, an increasingly more litigious society, increased competition in key product and service markets and an increasing customer expectation.
These threats and challenges are made worse with an increased innovation and change in many professions, outsourcing of services and ever increasing consumer protection legislation.


Who does it affect?

The definition of 'professional' has broadened in recent years. Due to this, professional indemnity insurance is now held by workers across a wide range of industries. Any professional person providing services such as advice, is regarded by their client as an expert and is therefore open to a claim being made against them should their advice be wrong.

Professional liability insurance was once associated mainly with such groups as accountants, solicitors, medical workers and engineers. Currently however, it provides protection for advice and treatment provided by people in many industries, including architects and designers, education workers, real estate agents, health workers and consultants. Although generally a voluntary form of insurance, certain professionals, including insurance brokers, legal professionals, medical practitioners and some accountants, are required to hold professional liability insurance. Professional contractors often need to hold professional indemnity insurance if working with government bodies, local authorities or private consulting firms.

The professional indemnity policies and conditions relevant to you will vary widely depending on your industry. For further information on the professional indemnity issues that affect you, contact the relevant industry body or talk to an experienced insurance broker such as CPR Insurance.

Why is it useful?

Losing a claim made against you can result in enormous costs and expenses. Some claims take more than five years to settle, leaving a large bill for court costs and legal expenses. Even when successful, defending a claim can be costly.

Who can help?

Professional indemnity is a complex and specialised area of insurance. If you want to know more about the professional indemnity policies and conditions relevant to your profession, contact a specialist insurance broker such as Cooper Professional Risks.

An insurance broker's role is to act as your representative and work in your interests, seeking the best cover at the best price for you from market knowledge. Call a good one. Call CPR.

Cooper Professional Risks Pty Ltd trading as CPR Insurance Services is a Brisbane based business. Robert Cooper can be contacted on 07 3123 1137 or 0439 530910. Email is enquiries@professionalrisk.com.au.

Cooper Professional Risks Pty Ltd trading as CPR Insurance Services is an Authorised Representative of National Adviser Services Pty Ltd (ABN: 60 096 916 184) trading as NAS Insurance Brokers (AFS No.233750)

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Just as our businesses avoided or got over WannaCry, the name given to the recent Ransom\ware, there's a new attack following close behind. It appears it is exploiting the same vulnerability as Wannacry. The malware responsible is widely thought to be a version of Petya. This latest  ransomware has already crippled Ukrainian government departments, banks, power distributors and transport networks. Now apparently it has spread to other high-profile victims such as a British advertising firm, a French construction materials giant and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Australia is unlikely to avoid it this time, with Cadburys and TNT having announced they have fallen victim. the Australian staff of DLA Piper, a global law firm, has apparently been locked out of IT systems after Petya impacted one of its overseas offices.   The ransomware continues to spread and it’s far from over. The Assistant Minister for cyber-security Dan Tehan is calling the fresh attack a "wake-up call" and the Prime Minister's cyber security advisor Alastair MacGibbon has warned against paying ransoms for Petya, urging businesses to instead back up their data to "avoid being a victim in the first place". So it is now time for you to manage this risk effectively.

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What cost to me after a Cyber attack?

It does very much depend on the type of attack that has been made on your systems or Web site. However, below are examples of some of the areas you will spend money. How much? How long is a piece of string?

Have you budgeted for the following Expenses in managing your Cyber Risk?

Payment of a ransom? (Maybe a cheaper solution to get your system back temporarily)

data recovery and data rebuilding (IT consultants and data recovery contractors),

Loss of reputation on the business (You will need Crisis Managers, Public Relation consultants, Staff communications, clients and other stakeholders, marketing and advertising),

Various Accountants and consultants’ fees needed to measure and prove the loss

Managing the recovery – particularly to mitigate breach of privacy or confidentiality of client information and informing all of them who are affected by a breach how you are dealing with it (mandatory breach reporting requirements)

Lost Sales due to this Business Interruption (particularly when ability to generate online sales has been affected),

additional costs incurred to maintain business operations or mitigate sales losses – hiring a more specialist firm to deal more quickly with being off air

Cover these expenses with a Cyber Risk Insurance policy. Ask us how?

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