Insights

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s GL Update – a snapshot of the key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance in Australia. In this edition we look at the impact of recent significant matters, including the Lacrosse cladding fire … Read More

Yesterday, Australia’s first decision regarding the roles and responsibilities of builders and other building consultants regarding the use of combustible cladding was handed down. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal upheld the Owners Corporation and lot owners’ claims against the … Read More

Mainzeal Property v. Yan & Ors This week, the New Zealand High Court awarded $36m in damages against directors of Mainzeal, once one of New Zealand’s leading property and construction companies, including former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley. The damages … Read More

Globe Church Incorporated v Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd [2019] NSWCA 27 Wotton + Kearney acted for Allianz in a NSW Court of Appeal proceeding where judgment was issued yesterday clarifying – albeit by a 3-2 split decision – the issue … Read More

The Victorian Supreme Court recently summarily dismissed the lead Plaintiffs’ claims in Block v Powercor, a bushfire class action issued against a Victorian electricity distributor. The decision is noteworthy as summary dismissals are rare, particularly in class actions and representative proceedings. While … Read More

The gig economy is reshaping employee class actions, with recent decisions classifying independent contractors and casual workers as employees. Historically, employee class actions were the monopoly of the union movement. But with the waning of union membership and influence, and … Read More

Kaboko Mining Limited v Van Heerden (No 3) [2018] FCA 2055 When an insurance policy includes a clause stating that cover will not extend to any loss based on the insolvency of a company, you need to be careful about … Read More

Claims for sexual harassment have risen significantly in Australia during the past year, and they will keep rising. The recommendations from the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces could mean new claim types emerge. A rise in claims, … Read More

  Are fines appropriate penalties to deter companies and directors from breaching WHS laws when they can be indemnified by their insurers? Should insurance policies that cover these monetary penalties be made illegal and void? At the moment, companies and … Read More

Kempsey Shire Council v Five Star Medical Centre Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 308 In February 2014, a landing aircraft collided with a kangaroo at Kempsey Aerodrome and was damaged. The owners of the aircraft Five Star Medical Centre Pty Ltd … Read More