Talk to one of our specialist underwriters and you will be impressed by their understanding of the specific risks you face. It’s this in-depth knowledge and empathetic handling of claims and unprofessional conduct enquiries that has attracted more than 2,000 Australian barristers to Suncorp.
We have helped hundreds of barristers successfully resolve claims and defend conduct complaints for over twenty years.
- A civil liability cover tailored to barrister's requirements
- Cover for compensation orders and costs orders
- Unlimited reinstatements of your limit of liability
- Loss of documents cover to the full limit
- Continuous cover extension
- 7 years run off cover
- Limits of indemnity up to $20 million available
- Nil excess for eligible barristers
Should you need to make a claim, you can expect fast and easy lodgement with the support of our dedicated Suncorp claims team. We work with you in seeking fair and timely claims resolutions and take pride in a common-sense approach to claims management.
The insured acted for a client in a criminal defence matter. The client received a conviction and a fine (not a custodial sentence). The former client then sought to appeal his conviction and fine. The conviction was upheld but the fine reduced. At the time the client was very happy with the barrister.
When the barrister was seeking to have his outstanding fees paid the client brought the matter to a cost assessment application. The client also sought to frustrate the assessment by making a very lengthy complaint to the Bar Association on the basis that the barrister was incompetent and that the reduction in the fine at appeal was evidence of same. This was incorrect.
Suncorp Insurance assisted the barrister in the response to the Bar Association and the complaint was dismissed. A considerable amount of time is involved in addressing such complaints and a very careful hand needs to be employed when replying.
Suncorp’s very experienced claims handlers have access to an expert panel enabling them to provide high quality advice and assistance to our insured barristers. You don’t need to face a complaint alone
Suncorp has dealt with over 1,000 notifications and claims for barristers between 1992 and 2013
Suncorp has paid over $20,000,000 in compensation and defence costs for barristers arising from accusation of negligence or misconduct
- In QLD over 300 notifications and over $6,000,000 paid
- In WA over 100 notifications and over $3,000,000 paid
- In NSW over 400 notifications and over $8,000,000 paid
In other Australian jurisdictions 180 notification and over $4,000,000 paid
Tell us immediately if anyone alleges misconduct or negligence