About Victoria Crewe-Nelson
Victoria Crewe-Nelson, B.A., LL.B. (Edin), is Vice President, Underwriting, at LAWPRO. Prior to joining LAWPRO in 2012, Victoria practised law in mid-town Toronto, with practice areas ranging from admiralty law and commercial litigation to residential real estate and wills and estates. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association (since 1999), the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (since 2013) and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (since 2014). Victoria enjoys writing and presenting on topics relating to practice management risks and best practices for lawyers and law firms.
Victoria Crewe-Nelson's Posts
Excess coverage protects growing real estate practices
Is your real estate practice growing? That’s a good thing. But keep in mind that your risk exposure may be growing along with it. A hot market can mean a higher transaction volume, unconditional offers, and shorter closing times. All of these factors place pressure on lawyers, and can increase the chance of an error… Read More »Categories: Real Estate
Untangling the Myths of Excess Insurance
Unfortunately, far too many lawyers do not appreciate their full exposure to claims and how excess insurance could be of benefit to them. Excess liability insurance is intended to provide additional limits over that provided by the underlying (primary) liability policy. For lawyers in Ontario, the underlying insurance which all practising lawyers (not on exemption)… Read More »Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage
Do your firm’s marketing practices expose you to vicarious liability?
While “law firm” once conjured an image either of a sole practitioner with a small storefront office or a multi-generational law firm with clearly defined partners and associates, many other firm structures now exist as lawyers opt to work from their homes, from virtual offices, and from shared accommodations. The work lawyers choose to do… Read More »Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage
The dangers of renting out your signature as a virtual witness on a will or POA
The virtual execution of wills and powers of attorney has suddenly become a big topic for Ontario lawyers, even those practising outside the wills and estates bar. The April 7, 2020 (amended April 22) emergency Order in Council now permits, on a temporary basis, the virtual witnessing of wills and powers of attorney in Ontario…. Read More »Categories: Wills & Estates, Technology
Wondering when to report that claim or potential claim? Do it now
Do you think you may have a claim to report, but are wondering about timing? There are no good reasons to delay in reporting a claim, and many excellent reasons to do so as early as possible. Under the current mandatory program of insurance for lawyers, the policy that responds is the one in force… Read More »Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage
Don’t let claims follow you into retirement
Lawyers often approach retirement feeling good about their legacy. Whether you devoted your efforts to crafting airtight contracts, supported clients as they worked toward mediated settlements, or stood up for the rights of those who needed you, you’re entitled to feel proud of your accomplishments. Looking back, however, may heighten your awareness of just how… Read More »Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage
Does my LAWPRO insurance cover assumed risk?
There are different types of risks that can lead to claims against lawyers: those that develop from errors or omissions, those that arise through intentional wrongdoing, and those that lawyers willingly accept for themselves. A lawyer’s professional indemnity (E&O) policy is intended to respond to claims arising from a lawyer’s error, omission or negligent act… Read More »Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage
Excess coverage: Do or did I handle matters which potentially exposed me to a claim
The following are some of the questions you may want to ask yourself to help assess whether or not you should secure additional insurance coverage limits. When reviewing these questions and assessing your exposure, remember to factor in both potential defence costs and interest payments, as well as actual damages. Depending on how long it… Read More »Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage