A first step in preventing claims is understanding why you are at risk. Thanks to a sophisticated coding system that we apply to each report of a claim or potential claim reported to us by BC lawyers, we are able to capture the underlying cause of each report. Our data reveals 5 key causes:

Engagement management is the first cause.  It relates to the process of providing legal services. The next 3 causes - legal issue failures, communication issues and oversights — relate to the delivery of the legal product.  And the final cause — no trail — relates to whether you can prove your effective delivery.

Click through each section for a summary explanation of the cause and to watch videos of LIF lawyers giving real life examples from our claims files. For the full story and CPD credit, watch our webinar (see below).

The next step? Review our material on limitations and deadlines, practice management - risks and tips and areas of law - risks and tips, for the articles and publications that will help you avoid claims in your own practice.  And remember, effective risk management also requires you to understand what’s covered under the compulsory Policy – and what’s not.  See Cover Pages and My Insurance Policy: Questions and Answers for more information.


In September 2015, the Lawyers Insurance Fund partnered with CLEBC to offer a free one-hour online presentation for lawyers to help them better manage risk. “The Naked Lawyer: Big Data Reveals Why You Are at Risk” uses statistics and true stories from actual claim files – including short videos with 10 of the lawyers at LIF – to give lawyers the information they need to identify proactive steps they can take in their own practice to avoid claims.  

For the full story and CPD credit, watch the video.