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Acting as a mentor

LAWPRO believes that mentoring can reduce claims.

To encourage mentoring in the legal profession, LAWPRO has undertaken several initiatives, including publication of the managing a mentoring relationship booklet. More resources can be found on the managing a mentoring relationship page of the practicePRO website (

To address the insurance-related concerns of lawyers, we have clarified the treatment of surcharges that arise when a claim is made against a lawyer.

Specifically, the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company will waive any deductible and claims levy surcharge on any claim made against a lawyer mentor arising out of a mentoring relationship, provided that:

  • the mentor and mentee agreed to enter into a formal mentoring relationship, as evidenced by a written document of some kind;
  • the mentor had no contact with the mentee's client that would create a solicitor/client relationship; and
  • the mentee understood that they were responsible for individually and independently satisfying themselves of the soundness of any suggestions, recommendations or advice-like comments made by the mentor.

The written document evidencing the relationship does not have to be a formal signed mentoring agreement. It can be as simple as an e-mail acknowledging the relationship and the three terms listed above. The managing a mentoring relationship booklet contains a precedent of a simple mentoring agreement.

See also the FAQs section of this website.

Key DatesMore

September 15, 2017
File your LAWPRO Risk Management Declaration by this date to qualify for the $50 premium discount on your 2018 premium for each LAWPRO-approved CPD program (to a maximum of $100) completed by this date.

On or about October 2, 2017
LAWPRO online filing of Professional Liability Insurance renewal applications for 2018 is expected to begin. If you wish to file a paper application instead of filing online, please note that paper renewal applications will not be automatically mailed out, but it is expected that you will be able to download a 2018 pre-populated paper renewal application from our website starting on or about October 2, 2017.


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