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Excess Insurance


Excess Insurance provides another layer of security should your defence and indemnity costs exceed the primary mandatory limits. As the value of client matters and transactions increase over time, so too does the need to secure adequate levels of errors and omissions insurance. One large claim could quite quickly erode the primary policy leaving you or your firm exposed to significant personal liability.

The CLIA Voluntary Excess Program (VEP) has been protecting subscribing firms in the Nova Scotia legal community for over 20 years, and continues to be the leading provider of excess errors and omissions insurance in the province. CLIA offers members an option to purchase excess insurance up to an additional $9,000,000 in excess of the primary policy coverage of $1,000,000. Should a member or firm require additional coverage, there are alternate insurance markets available. For limits in excess of $9 million please contact your local commercial broker.

This program is proud to be a not-for-profit plan designed by lawyers for lawyers, with stable coverage and rates during both “soft” and “hard” market conditions. Firm wide coverage includes partners, employed lawyers, professional corporations, service/management companies, as well as former partners and employed lawyers for services rendered prior to retirement.

Matters you should consider in assessing the adequacy of existing insurance limits for you or your firm include:

  • the type of transaction and it’s potential impact on the client;
  • the size of the transaction and the frequency of large transactions;
  • regarding past employees and partners, the possibility that their present insurance is either inadequate or excludes their past activities;
  • the time horizon of the advice as the impact of the advice may continue to grow over time so may the potential liability; and
  • your risk tolerance


The Voluntary Excess Insurance program is valid from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020.


Premiums vary with the amount of excess coverage purchased. A member can choose the level of excess insurance based on the potential risk exposure. The total premium is based on the total number of lawyers in a firm. If a member is a partner or associate in a firm and the member requires excess insurance, the excess policy must be purchased for the firm as a whole.

Discounts may be provided to subscribing members in the form of premium credits. Firms that have been with the program for a number of years may be eligible to receive additional credits based on the length of their participation in the excess program. Discounts and credits for renewals are communicated to each firm in their renewal application, while new applicants receive their credits as a percentage towards their premium calculation.


It is important to note that lawyers who have retired from practice continue to be responsible for work performed prior to retirement. Now available is the option for retired lawyers to purchase excess coverage on an individual basis, to address any unforeseen circumstances that may develop after retirement, provided they are retiring as a current member of CLIA’s VEP, either as a sole practitioner or as a member of a firm.


Excess insurance policies are generally claims-made, which means that it is not when the work was done that triggers coverage but when the claim was known to the insured and reported to the insurer that triggers the policy. If you have stopped carrying excess insurance at the time the claim is made, the excess policy will not respond. 


For more information on the CLIA VEP program and/or excess coverage for practising and retired lawyers, please contact Emma Pink at the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia, and visit

For first-time applicants, you can contact the CLIA office online at or by phone at (306) 347-3057 (Cindy) and (306) 347-3055 (Sheila).


How do I apply for excess insurance?

Renewals: Please contact Emma 902 423 1300

New applicants: Contact the CLIA office online at or by phone at (306) 347-3057 (Cindy) and (306) 347-3055 (Sheila).

Trust protection indemnification policy

Trust protection coverage is available in the event that a claimant is to be reimbursed for losses related to the theft of money or property by a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

How much coverage is provided by the trust protection indemnification?

$100,000 per occurrence for the group deductible, and $500,000 in the aggregate for the policy period (July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020).