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Professional Indemnity Insurance

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There are many factors that lawyers need to be mindful of when considering their own professional indemnity insurance arrangements or when advising clients about professional indemnity claims and policy response. This seminar will consider some of the key issues facing insured professionals and recent developments of interest.

This seminar will include:
  • An overview of a professional indemnity claim
  • Discussion of the obligations of the insured under the policy, particularly notification of circumstances
  • Discussion of common policy response issues
  • Recent case law developments
  • Practical tips for working with an insurer or broker to minimise risk of a claim or mitigate loss under a claim.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • Greater awareness of how professional indemnity policies work, the insured's obligations and how to avoid prejudicing cover.
  • Practical tips for you/your clients in dealing with a professional indemnity claim.

Who should attend

Intermediate civil litigators, sole practitioners, partners/practice managers responsible for professional indemnity insurance arrangements.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $115 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $165 - Non-members

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Auckland 28 June
Live Web Stream 28 June


DSC 7523 WEB EDIT Andrea Challis
Partner, McElroys, Auckland

Andrea has been a partner at McElroys since 2000, and in practice for 25 years. She is regularly instructed by insurers to provide indemnity advice and represent their insured clients in many different fields, including professional indemnity work. Andrea has represented insurers in numerous indemnity disputes recently before the Courts including Fund Managers Canterbury Ltd v AIG Insurance New Zealand, Zurich Australian Insurance v Withers, and Hanover Group Holdings Ltd v AIG Insurance New Zealand Ltd.

Kiri profile 2017 WEB EDIT Kiri Harkess
Partner, McElroys, Auckland

Kiri has been a partner at McElroys since 2015, and in practice for 14 years. In her professional indemnity practice, Kiri advises insurers on policy response and defends professionals against liability claims. Recently, Kiri acted for the insurers in Zurich Australian Insurance v Withers and Warrington v AIG Insurance Ltd, and defended professionals in P v F, Macalister Mazengarb v Annan Law and Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust v Invercargill City Council.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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0800 333 111


04 472 7837

04 463 2986
Law Society Building
26 Waring Taylor Street
Wellington 6011

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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand