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Professional Indemnity Insurance Law

Professional Indemnity Insurance Law
3rd Edition
Series:  Insurance Practitioner's Library
Practice Area:  Insurance Law
ISBN:  9780414056213
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  19 Dec 2023
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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Professional Indemnity Insurance Law explains the extent to which professionals are covered for different liabilities. This new edition has been significantly updated and maintains its analytical and solutions-based approach to make it a valuable resource for insurers and the assured.

Part One looks at the law affecting professional indemnity insurance – both pre-contract and contract. It examines the relationship among professions and breaks down key contractual principles and terms including utmost good faith, risk, representations, premiums and the period.

Part Two moves on to the triggers and coverage elements necessary to establish a claim and contains chapters on third party loss, cause of action, remedies and ascertainment of the assured’s loss. Part Three concludes with consideration of claims, illegality and misconduct, as well as addressing other benefits an insurer provides to an assured in relation to a claim.

  • Explains the law governing professional indemnity insurance, providing clear guidance on the extent to which professionals are covered for different liabilities.
  • Takes a detailed look at pre-contract matters and addresses the key principles of utmost good faith, fair presentation of the risk and representation.
  • Looks at elements of the contract such as insurable interest, formation and policy terms and also outlines the current position on exclusions and exemptions.
  • Covers the main terms and clauses of a professional indemnity insurance contract.
  • Considers third-party loss: economic, personal injury and property damage.
  • Examines different causes of action against the assured and their application to specific professions.
  • Outlines the different remedies available including damages, consequential loss, interest, recission, injunction, specific performance, restitution and unjust enrichment.
  • Explains the procedure behind the claims process, its time limits and ancillary issues like subrogation.
  • Detailed coverage of illegality and misconduct and the evolving law surrounding fraudulent claims.
  • Addresses the assured’s loss and the three financial components: third-party costs and expenses, the amount paid and defence costs.

The third edition has been significantly updated and restructured throughout with new features including:

  • Chapter 2 considers key cases affecting pre-contract matters including: WISE Underwriting Agency Ltd v Grupo Nacional Provincial; Berkshire Assets (West London) v AXA Insurance UK; and Niramax Group Ltd v Zurich Insurance.
  • Chapter 7 looks at the recent case of ARC Capital Partners v Brit Syndicates on the meaning of a “claim” in the context of third-party claims against the assured.
  • Commentary on the evolving law on fraudulent claims in light of the Supreme Court decision in Versloot Dredging.
  • The ascertainment principle for legal liability cover is given extensive treatment in Chapter 10 with discussion of: Teal Assurance Company v WR Berkley Insurance; AstraZeneca Insurance Co v XL Insurance (Bermuda); Cultural Foundation v Beazley Furlonge; and more.
  • The rights of a third-party to claim directly against the insurer are looked at in Chapter 11 with commentary on Rashid v Direct Savings. Recent COVID-19 cases, including Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance, are also considered.
  • Chapter 12 has been comprehensively updated in light of the Supreme Court decision in Patel v Mirza to reflect the principle of considering illegality flexibly.

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Part One: Introduction and Contract
  • 1. Professions and Insurance
  • 2. Pre-Contract: Fair Presentation, Representation and Utmost Good Faith
  • 3. Contract
  • 4. Main Terms
Part Two: Cover and Triggers
  • 5. Profession and Professional
  • 6. Activity and Conduct
  • 7. Third Party Loss and Claim
  • 8. Cause of Action
  • 9. Remedies
  • 10. Assured’s Loss: Ascertainment
Part Three: Claims
  • 11. Claims
  • 12. Illegality and Misconduct
  • 13. Assured’s Loss: Indemnity and Defence
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