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Environmental Liability in Australia – State Reference Guide 2024

With the widening scope of environmental liability and tightening of environmental legislation across Australia, businesses of almost any size and industry are becoming increasingly susceptible to regulatory action where a pollution incident has occurred. To help navigate the unique characteristics of each jurisdiction, we have launched Environmental Liability in Australia, a practical guide to environmental liability in each Australian state. This guide provides a detailed summary of pollution offences, reporting ...

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Consent and confidential communications – an agreement that DOES go hand in hand

By: Richard Leder, Samantha Saad and Michelle Rich HM (a pseudonym) v Sister Mary Monaghan [2024] VSC 257 At a glance In the first judgment of its kind regarding the construction of s32C(1) of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958 (the EMPA), the Victorian Supreme Court ruled that in circumstances where a protected person consents to the production of clinical records which contain ‘confidential communications’, a defendant is not required ...

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Wotton + Kearney shortlisted in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Wotton + Kearney, Australasia’s leading insurance and risk law firm, has been shortlisted in the Chambers Asia-Pacific diversity and inclusion awards, which celebrate the hard work and achievements of organisations and individuals who are furthering the advancement of diversity, inclusion, and pro bono across the region. Firms were judged on five main criteria: breadth, commitment, impact, advancement and originality. In 2023, Wotton + Kearney established eight Employee Networks with members ...

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