If you are in practice as an architect, you are already likely to be aware of the responsibilities and obligations that come with your role. There are professional standards to which you have to abide and any failure to adhere to them may result in costly errors and failures in the projects you have designed.
Not only might any of the shortcomings in your professional advice result in considerable financial loss to your clients, they may even cause critical injury or even death to anyone caught up in the failings of the architectural advice and drawings you have given.
If you fall short of the professional standards generally required of someone of your qualifications and experience, you may be held professionally negligent and ordered to pay substantial damages to the injured parties by way of compensation.
Claims of this magnitude may typically represent a considerable financial cost to your professional practice, but the standing and reputation of your business may also be irreparably damaged.
In short, allegations of professional negligence might spell a very costly end to your profession as an architect.
Architects’ professional indemnity insurance (or PI insurance for short) is designed to protect you and your business against the potential damage of claims that you have been negligent. It is a form of cover in which we specialise here at constructaquote.com.
Why choose constructaquote.com?
- We have specialist knowledge and expertise involved in arranging professional indemnity insurance
- Our close involvement with businesses such as your own has led to our arranging and servicing more than 33,000 policies each year
- It is something we have taken pride in delivering for more than 25 years
- We have done so to the positive acclaim of our many clients, with no fewer than 95% of them rating our levels of service as “good” or “excellent”
- Whether it is for general advice, help in arranging your insurance or guidance on making a claim, you may rest assured that all of our contact centres are based in the UK.
How does architects’ professional indemnity insurance work?
Architects’ PI insurance is not just a safeguard for the prudent professional as a defence against claims of negligence; it is a requirement for anyone who wishes to practice as an architect.
The profession’s regulatory body, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) makes clear this requirement in its published Code of Professional Conduct. To practice as an architect, you need to be a member of RIBA and to be a member of RIBA, you are required to hold sufficient professional liability insurance commensurate with the size of the project on which you are working.
Purpose designed architects’ insurance is required since it is RIBA’s view that reliance on personal assets or those of the business is inadequate for meeting the claims that might potentially arise as a result of professional negligence.
But there is more to architects’ professional indemnity insurance than simple compliance with the regulations of the profession’s regulatory body. Your holding adequate professional liability cover is also something likely to instil confidence and faith in your practice by existing and prospective clients.
Clients may have well-founded confidence in your ability as an architect. But they also know that even the most experienced professional may occasionally make mistakes. If that should happen to you, your clients may take comfort in the fact that there is at least sufficient insurance cover to ensure that they are adequately compensated for any loss or damage resulting from your mistakes or failings.
What does architects’ professional indemnity insurance cover?
Policies may vary from one to another, of course, but typical risks and perils covered by this form of architects’ insurance include:
- Negligence on your part or a breach of your professional duty of care
- Statements or representation that you have made which may be shown to be negligent
- Slander, libel or defamation made in the practice of your profession
- The infringement of others’ intellectual property rights – with the exception of patents and trade secrets
- Dishonesty or fraud – through acts or omissions – on the part of your present or past employees
- Alleged breaches of any contractual or common law obligation of confidentiality – including any invasion of privacy
- The unintentional transmission of a computer virus
- And other civil liabilities.
The bigger picture
Architects are not only in the requirement to hold sufficient professional indemnity insurance in order to remain in practice. Other professionals responsible for the provision of advice and guidance based on their specialist knowledge and talents include lawyers, accountants, engineers and management consultants.
In short, the principles are quite clear. If you are in the business of providing advice, guidance and recommendations thanks to the professional status and standing you claim, you may face substantial claims for damages if you fall short of those professional standards.
Professional indemnity insurance from constructaquote.com is designed to help protect you against the financial impact of such claims – why not get in touch today to find out more?