Posted on: July 7, 2022 by Huntersure
Building the perfect office for your law practice can take time and requires patience for every lawyer if they wish to succeed. As an agent, your clients expect you to know much about their potential liabilities. Whether it’s the risk of a malpractice lawsuit or the potential for property damage, you are trusted to provide the best advice and coverage recommendations that protect your clients. While it’s easy to recommend professional liability insurance for architects given the contractual agreements required for the job, it’s advising your clients on mitigating less obvious risks that can be more difficult.
Guiding each client toward best practices can reduce liability concerns. Architects should carefully listen to ideas and guide clients while adding some suggestions. It helps streamline the process.
Architects have several options for creating a function and yet aesthetically unique design that addresses the industry’s risks. Making these recommendations provides a big picture view of the project. Additionally, it diminishes the threat of an omission claim against a policy of professional liability insurance for architects. However, the right design also has a significant impact on the way a law office operates. Successful collaboration between architect and legal team should produce an office with the following.
Traffic should flow smoothly around the area, yet there should be an atmosphere of privacy and seclusion when consultations or meetings are needed. The building should be warm and inviting, with many attorneys opting for a balance between luxurious and entirely inclusive for all people.
Given that the space is a law practice, it should reflect professionalism and meet the expectations culturally associated with the profession. However, the building and design should blend with the surrounding community and location. The materials chosen should be durable, eco-friendly, and sustainable, corresponding to the architecture of the building or the physical site of the project.
Any element of the design must fit with the budget. Although there is the hope that the perfect legal office will bring a return on investment, don’t forget that materials running too high or too cheap can hurt the perception and suitability of the space. There could also be supply line challenges that delay project completion.
For architects, there is much more to each design than functionality. Each rendering is often a reflection of the creative process and incorporates the need for lasting appeal and longevity of function. This focus can help reduce professional liability concerns, as each contract addresses a particular client’s unique needs and concerns.
Huntersure LLC is a full-service Managing General Agency that has provided insurance program administration for professional liability products to our partners across the United States since 2007. We specialize in providing insurance solutions for businesses of all sizes. Our program features can cover small firms (grossing $2.5 million annually) to large corporations (grossing $25 million annually or more). We make doing business with us easy with our breadth and depth of knowledge of E&O insurance, our proprietary underwriting system that allows for responsive quoting, binding and policy issuance, and tailored products to meet the needs of your insureds. Give us a call at (855) 585-6255 to learn more.