Professional Indemnity Common Risks

Presented by:

  • Laurence Gottlieb, Victoria State ManagerPlanned Professional Risk Services
  • Wendy Poulton, Corporate Risk Manager Planned Professional Risk Services



 Are you up to date on the key risks that contribute to claims against construction professionals?

Do your staff members understand the nature of the cover provided by PI policies?

In this meeting Laurence and Wendy will highlight some common risks leading to professional indemnity claims, consider how they can be avoided and provide practical tips for managing risk in your professional services. Drawing on their expertise as professional indemnity insurance consultants, Laurence and Wendy will discuss changes in the professional indemnity insurance market, especially some common gaps in insurance cover that are starting to open up as times get harder. This is an opportunity to have a risk and professional indemnity insurance health check. 

Laurence is a lawyer by profession and also worked in corporate finance for different banks in South Africa before moving to Australia in 2002. Since then Laurence has worked at various insurance brokerages and has had 10 years experience in professional risks, specialising in professional indemnity insurance. For the last four years he has been the Victoria State Manager of Planned Professional Risk Services providing insurance placement and advice, risk management and claims management services to construction professionals. 

Wendy is admitted as a solicitor with a Masters in Construction Law. She worked for three years at Hunt and Hunt solicitors, in the Commercial and Insurance Litigation section, dealing with a variety of professional indemnity and public liability claims, including construction disputes. Wendy has been a Risk Manager at Architects Professional Risk Services for seven years, reviewing thousands of consultancy agreements and delivering hundreds of risk management seminars. She also attends meetings of the Victorian Large Practices Forum in Melbourne, and has lectured in risk management at RMIT and as part of the PALS course.


This event will start at 6:15pm in our new venue the Turner Theatre at The University of Melbourne, Botany Building, Parkville (Building 122, Grid E13 on this map.)

Refreshments will provided from 5:45pm in the Staff Common Room, 3rd Floor, Engineering Block C (Building 174, Grid L17 on this map.)


All of the IStructE Evening Technical Meetings are free to attend unless stated otherwise.