Resource hub: Developments and updates in the building and construction industry

Australia is seeing sweeping state-based legislative reform intended to regain public confidence in the building and construction industry. For example, in NSW, the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 will have a significant effect on establishing the liability of design and building practitioners within the construction industry and how they are insured. In contrast, the […]

The rising risks of shipping electric vehicles for shipowners, carriers and cargo interests

The significant uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) is not without risk. This is particularly true during shipping because of the potential fire hazards posed by lithium-ion batteries and the fact that EVs are not classified as dangerous goods on roll-on/roll-off vessels. Given the high value of damages associated with shipping fires, and the complexities of […]

New partner for W+K’s Cyber, Privacy and Data Security team

W+K’s Cyber, Privacy and Data Security team has further bolstered its market-leading reputation with the promotion of Wellington-based Joseph Fitzgerald to partner. Joseph, who has worked in both New Zealand and the UK, advises large sporting, health, education and infrastructure bodies, as well as SME and non-profit entities on cyber and data security risks. He […]

Employee or independent contractor? The High Court reiterates that it’s all about the contract

Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union v Personnel Contracting Pty Ltd [2022] HCA 1; ZG Operations Australia Pty Ltd v Jamsek [2022] HCA 2 Two landmark High Court cases have decided that the terms of a written contract will determine whether a person is an employee or a contractor. This is a major shift […]

Get to know Meisha Tjiong, partner and General Liability specialist

In our next partner Q&A, we get to know Sydney based General Liability specialist, Meisha Tjiong. Tell us about your journey to becoming a partner at W+K I feel it has been quite a (long) journey to Partnership and I have had a few detours along the way, which have allowed me to focus on […]

Two partner appointments boost Wotton + Kearney’s Health team

Today, W+K welcomes two new Health partners: Marie-Clare Elder and Claudine Watson-Kyme. The combination of our new Sydney-based partners and Partner Chris Spain in Melbourne creates a formidable, fresh Health team. Both Marie-Clare and Claudine come from senior in-house roles, have medical backgrounds and are widely respected for the advice and support they provide to […]

Wotton + Kearney attracts former DLA insurance team in NZ

A team of highly regarded insurance lawyers from DLA, including partners Peter Leman, Caroline Laband and Misha Henaghan, join Wotton + Kearney in New Zealand on 1 February 2022. This significant move will see Wotton + Kearney become New Zealand’s largest insurance law and dispute resolution practice, with 14 partners and over 80 staff. It […]

Wotton + Kearney announces 14 senior promotions

Wotton + Kearney has announced 14 senior promotions in Australia and New Zealand, including a new partner, effective 1 January 2022. This follows 23 senior promotions made in July this year. The latest promotions take the firm’s numbers to 51 partners and more than 280 dedicated insurance lawyers in total. With the well-deserved promotion of […]