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What is... Professional Duty of Care

June 9, 2017

As per our earlier blog posting ‘Professional Indemnity Insurance 101’ one of the ways that a Professional Indemnity Insurance claim can be brought against you is through a breach of the professional duty of care that you owe to your client. So what is your professional duty of care?


Anybody who holds themselves out to be a professional  has a duty under the law to exercise proper skill and care when they provide professional services. If a professional does not exercise a reasonable degree of skill and care and it results in a loss then it may result in a professional indemnity claim being made against you. Examples of this are as follows:


  • Engineering errors;

  • Inappropriate financial advice from accountants or financial planners;

  • Misleading or deceptive conduct from advice given by a professional;

  • An accounting error from your bookkeeper or accountant which has resulted in a financial loss;

  • A designer failing to meet the brief of their client;

  • Incorrect property valuations.


It is important to stress that allegations of the breach of duty of care can be either real (beyond dispute) or simply alleged by the claimant. If the activities are covered by the insurance policy then the Professional Indemnity insurer will start the process of the defence for you.


If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate in contacting us.


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