Professional Indemnity insurance isn’t just limited to typical ‘professions’ such as accountants, engineers, lawyers, doctors and architects. Essentially, anybody providing advice for a fee has an exposure that needs to be considered, even casual advice to customers about the use of a product for example. 

Australia’s changing litigation landscape

Over the past five to ten years, Australia has become more litigation minded, resulting in a significant increase in the number of suits filed against individuals and companies. To complicate matters further, resolution of these litigation cases can often take up to five years or more.  It is this combination of increasing litigation cases, falling premiums and extensive settlement times that has created the perfect storm, causing many providers to leave the Australian Insurance market.  Over the next 12 months, more insurance providers are expected to follow suit, leading to less competition with premiums returning to more sustainable levels.

For professionals, particularly those underinsured, Professional Indemnity Insurance is something that they need to consider, as the number of opportunities for litigation are continuing to grow.

Protecting your business with Professional Indemnity Insurance

Ten years ago, Professional Indemnity Insurance was very straight forward, but due to the evolving litigation landscape, it has become more complex.  Today we have many occupations that simply didn’t exist ten years ago or were in the early stages of growth, for example website designers, IT specialists, app developers, data miners, social media managers and online marketing consultants to name a few.

For more information on Professional Indemnity Insurance and ensuring you are adequately covered, talk to one of our insurance specialist today.



General Advice Warning

The information provided is to be regarded as general advice. Whilst we may have collected risk information, your personal objectives, needs or financial situations were not taken into account when preparing this information. We recommend that you consider the suitability of this general advice, in respect of your objectives, financial situation and needs before acting on it. You should obtain and consider the relevant product disclosure statement before making any decision to purchase this financial product.

Insurance Advisernet , January 23 2019

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