Insights

The Wrongs Amendment Act 2015 has now passed through the Victorian Parliament and received Royal Assent. The retrospective amendments to the Wrongs Act 1958 remove some restrictions on entitlements to compensation for personal injuries and may substantially increase the entitlements … Read More

It is likely that the Wrongs Act Amendment Bill 2015 will soon pass through the upper house of the Victorian Parliament. If this occurs, the Wrongs Act 1958 will be amended and certain amendments will operate retrospectively.

The Victorian Government is again looking at making amendments to the Wrongs Act 1958 which will have important implications for insurers and the conduct of personal injury claims.

Recent data out yesterday showed that 33 new class actions were launched in the 12 months to June 2015, a significant increase on prior years. The threat of a class action is now a leading risk facing Australian companies and … Read More

On 13 May,  the High Court handed down its long-anticipated decision in Wealthsure Pty Ltd v Selig [2015] HCA 18 (Wealthsure). The High Court’s decision resolves the uncertainty arising out of two conflicting Federal Court decisions regarding the application of the … Read More

Welcome to the 2014 Wotton + Kearney “Insurance Year in Review” publication, our 8th Edition, addressing topical developments in 2014 across a broad range of insurance products and in relation to insurance law generally. Many of the major legal developments … Read More

Anyone paying attention will have observed that data breaches have become increasingly common place in Australia.  In January 2015, news reports emerged of the recent cyber attack on Aussie Travel Cover (ATC).  The ATC cyber attack led to 770,000 personal … Read More

Wotton + Kearney’s Public and Products Liability Group recently hosted a personal injury hypothetical seminar for clients in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Facilitated by Ben Richards from Aticus and with a panel comprised of partners Andrew Seiter and Paul Spezza … Read More

Following on from her article of 18 November 2014, Senior Associate Noa Zur was approached by Insurance Business magazine to provide further comment on the Victorian government’s proposed changes to the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic). Click on the image below … Read More

On 12 November 2014, the High Court handed down its decision in Hunter and New England Local District Health v McKenna & Simon [2014] HCA 44, which revisits the circumstances in which a common law duty will exist alongside obligations … Read More