Malpractice claims against professionals such as lawyers, accountants, engineers, architects, appraisers, realtors, consultants and corporate officers and directors present unique challenges for advocates.  These matters often arise from complex transactions and business deals.  Determining the standard of care of the professional, if that standard was breached, and whether damages were the result are the common central issues.

ESB has specialized experience in a wide array of professional malpractice matters.  We have acted on numerous matters for and against professionals, often acting for insurers.  We stay up to date on all of the latest legal developments and the ever changing ethics rules of the respective professions.  Our lawyers are considered experts in professional liability matters by their peers and are constantly delivering topical presentations at conferences and continuing legal education programs.

Our process involves an in-depth inquiry into the nuances of each claim which allows us to develop the most effective and efficient legal strategy.  Our lawyers negotiate, mediate, and when required, achieve consistently superior results at motions, trials, arbitrations, tribunal and regulatory hearings and on appeals.

Our Work with LawPRO

We are preferred counsel for the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (“LawPRO”), the professional liability insurer for lawyers across Ontario. We have provided counsel to lawyers on behalf of LawPRO for over 25 years and have a wealth of experience advocating in defense of our lawyer clients.

The range of claimants suing lawyers is as broad as the nature of the claims made.  Where possible, we step in to repair a crisis.  We work with our lawyer clients to build defences and find solutions. We appreciate the burden of malpractice claims on lawyers and are diligent to ensure just, timely and favourable results.

Any lawyer facing a claim may identify an ESB Lawyer to LawPRO as their preference as counsel.


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Suite 1500
Hamilton, Ontario
L8P 1A4

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