Report a claim
The Lawyers Insurance Fund staff is available to lawyers who would like to discuss a claim or potential claim that has not yet been reported under the Professional Liability Insurance Policy (Part A) or (Part C).
For the public
When to report
The Policy requires you to report to the Lawyers Insurance Fund in writing immediately if you become aware of an error or any circumstances which could reasonably be expected to be the basis of a claim, however unmeritorious (Condition 4.1 of the Policy).
Use of information
The information that you provide to us in reporting a claim or potential claim is kept in confidence and will not be disclosed except in accordance with the terms of the Policy. It will not be disclosed to other departments of the Law Society unless it contains evidence of dishonest appropriation, fraud or criminal activity in which case it will be disclosed to other departments of the Law Society.
The information will be used to open a file and, more significantly, will allow us to give legal advice to you and the insurer and defend any covered claim or potential claim.
You are not required to report a claim or potential claim to any other department of the Law Society unless otherwise indicated by the Law Society Rules.
How to report
All claims or potential claims must be reported in writing — telephone notice is not sufficient and will not trigger coverage under your policy. Please send or fax the report to:
Lawyers Insurance Fund
5th Floor, 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver BC V6B 4Z9
Attention: Claims Manager
What to include
Your report should contain the fullest information available. Be sure to include:
(a) the name of the claims counsel, if you have spoken to one about this matter;
(b) the name of the lawyer(s) responsible for the potential or alleged error;
(c) the name of the claimant(s);
(d) the first date the potential or alleged error was discovered by anyone in your firm;
(e) the date the potential or alleged error occurred;
(f) the name of the firm, or association of lawyers, with which the responsible lawyer was practising when the potential or alleged error occurred;
(g) whether the potential or alleged error relates to a paralegal giving legal advice or representing clients before a court or tribunal;
(h) whether this matter is or has been the subject of a complaint to the Law Society’s Professional Conduct Department;
(i) a chronological description of the circumstances giving rise to the claim or potential claim;
(j) your objective response to the claim or problem, including any defences which may apply or any suggestions you may have for repair or mitigation of a potential error or loss;
(k) an estimate of the amount of the potential damages, assuming liability;
(l) any other concern or matter you wish to bring to our attention; and
(m) all relevant documents.
What not to do
Do not admit liability of any kind to your client or indicate to your client that your insurance company will "take care of everything."
If you have been sued
If a Notice of Civil Claim or other such document requiring immediate attention has been served upon you, it is your duty to protect yourself and firm from default proceedings.
Note: The information in this section is collected under the authority of Conditions 4.1 and 5 of the BC Lawyers’ Compulsory Professional Liability Insurance Policy.
If you have any questions about the collection or use of this information, contact the Claims Manager, Murray Patterson.