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For some professions, professional liability insurance is absolutely essential: For attorneys, doctors, or architects, for example, a wrong assessment can lead to serious consequences and at worst entail personal liability with their own assets. Our comprehensive insurance means policyholders are able to calculate financial losses and protect themselves against the economic consequences.

Who needs professional indemnity insurance?

Professional liability insurance is indispensable for all professional groups for which the smallest negligence could be of serious consequence. Especially if you also have a high risk of being able to cause third parties economic loss with your work – as is the case with fiduciaries or representatives of other advisory professions. Losses caused that are purely of a financial nature are among the specially insured risks of a professional indemnity insurance.

What the law says

For many professions, professional indemnity insurance is absolutely essential: For attorneys, doctors or architects, for example, a wrong assessment can lead to serious consequences and at worst entail personal liability with their total assets. To meet the claims of third parties in the case of a loss event, there is therefore a so-called security obligation for professions that involve special responsibility: This obligation can be meet either with professional indemnity insurance or a suitably high amount deposited in a blocked account.

What does professional indemnity insurance cover?

In addition to protection against bodily injury and property damage and their financial consequences, policyholders of AXA's professional indemnity insurance also have protection against pure economic loss. This can include, for example, the erroneous advice of a tax advisor or an attorney missing a deadline – and both instances can quickly cause damage to the tune of several million francs. The sum insured by the insurance therefore varies greatly depending on the industry and the associated risks.

Insured losses

Basic coverage of professional indemnity insurance includes not only justified claims for loss events arising from damage and consequential damage to persons and property, but also real economic loss. The insurer also assumes the cost of defense for excessive or unjustified claims.

Economic loss: Loss of revenue, bad investments, or a financial disadvantage through misinformation are among the typical economic losses caused to third parties that are covered exclusively by professional indemnity insurance.

Insured risks

Occupational and operational risk: If an engineer makes wrong calculations, or an attorney misses an important deadline, if documents are lost, files not studied attentively, or a process is conducted in error – these situations are all considered to be risks specific to operational processes as well as activity and omissions that are covered for insureds of professional liability insurance.

Premises and environmental risk: As with commercial third-party liability insurance, risks from the ownership of property, buildings, or facilities as well as environmental hazards from facility, operational, or professional risks, are also insured.

The insurance does not cover

  • Claims of the policyholder or of others in the same household
  • Damages caused intentionally or that were to be expected with high probability
  • All claims in connection with the activity of an insured person as a member of the executive management or board of directors are not included, but can be covered, however, with directors' and officers' liability insurance.

What additional benefits are available?

The basic coverage of AXA professional indemnity insurance is already broad, but can be supplemented when needed to include tailored insurance protection. This makes sense, for example, if your own company also operates in the US or Canada, or the policyholder bears responsibility as a director or officer of the board of directors or another legal entity.

Coverage can be extended to also insure individual special risks of a professional activity. Some examples:

Optional extension of coverage 

  • Protection against financial loss caused in your company by your employees through criminal or other intentional acts, for example embezzlement.
  • Extension of geographical scope to include the law of the US and Canada (for attorneys, fiduciaries, and advisory professions)
  • Reliable legal protection in criminal, supervisory, or administrative proceedings (for attorneys, fiduciaries, and advisory professions)
  • Extension of benefits to double aggregate per insurance year (for attorneys, fiduciaries, and advisory professions)

Optional directors' and officers' liability insurance 

If executive employees, members of the executive management or the board of directors of a joint-stock company (AG) act negligently or make decisions that are not in the interest of the company, they can be held personally liable according to the law, but at the same time cannot draw on their own personal liability insurance. In the role as a legal entity, policyholders can only protect themselves and their personal assets against the economic consequences of a case of joint and several liability with directors' and officers' liability insurance. Within the scope of professional indemnity insurance for attorneys, fiduciaries, and other advisory professions, there is also the option of insuring individual mandates through the professional indemnity insurance as supplementary coverage – provided these mandates are taken on within the scope of the insured’s business activity and not privately. You can find more information on directors' and officers' liability insurance here.



Professional liability insurance by professional group

Whether you are a financial services provider, doctor, or attorney: In professions where even the smallest negligence can have serious consequences, the right professional liability insurance is key.

Professional liability insurance for doctors

Despite exercising the highest level of care, errors that have substantial claims for damages can occur in the day-to-day work of doctors. For this reason, professional liability insurance for medical professionals is prescribed by law. It serves to prevent unjustified claims and protects you against the financial consequences of justified claims for damages through malpractice, for example.

Professional liability insurance for attorneys

Professional liability insurance covers attorneys if, for example, claims for damages are made as the result of incorrect advice or missed deadlines. It provides coverage in the event of claims for damages made by clients and is mandatory for self-employed attorneys.

Professional liability insurance for financial services providers

Financial market regulation (FinSA / FinIA) places exacting demands on the insurance coverage of financial service providers. AXA provides you with an insurance package that is specially tailored to these requirements: Professional liability, director’s and officers’ (D&O), and fidelity insurance can be bundled according to your needs.

This way, you can be confident that your coverage is compliant with the law – and you benefit from attractive combination discounts on your insurance premium: If you take out supplementary modules of the AXA insurance package for financial service providers (D&O and/or fidelity insurance) in addition to a professional liability policy, you will receive a premium discount of 15%. Members of the Swiss Association of Wealth Managers (SAM) also receive an additional 10% discount on the total premium. 

Interested? Request a personal offer online now or get further information in the SAM member area (in German) . 

Support and frequently asked questions

  • What is the difference between professional indemnity and commercial third-party liability insurance?

    Both insurance types overlap in some areas. The difference: Companies that can be held liable on account of their operational activity need commercial third-party liability insurance, while professional indemnity insurance is the right solution for those who can be held liable for breaches of professional duty or for pure economic loss caused by their professional activity.

  • Who should take out directors' and officers' liability insurance?

    Policyholder and premium payer is the employer as a legal entity. However,  the de facto directors and officers themselves are covered. So, for example:

    • Members of the board of directors of a joint stock-company (AG);
    • Members of the administration of a cooperative;
    • Managing director of a limited liability company (GmbH);
    • Association board members;
    • Trustees;
    • Members of executive boards and senior management (including interim managers);
    • Founders of a GmbH or AG;
    • Employees assigned de facto director or officer functions;
    • Liquidators, in the case of voluntary liquidation. 

    You can find more information on directors' and officers' liability insurance here.

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