Wotton + Kearney announces seven senior promotions

Wotton + Kearney is pleased to announce seven senior promotions in Australia and New Zealand, including new Partner, Hope Saloustros, four Special Counsel and two Senior Associates, effective 1 January 2020. Executive Chairman David Kearney said: “These promotions reflect Wotton + Kearney’s on-going commitment to recognising and developing rising stars in our talented team, as […]

W+K End of Year Message 2019

It’s been another busy year at W+K and we have provided a brief snap-shot of the year in the video below. Earlier this year we announced our charity partner until the end of 2020 is the Black Dog Institute – a world leader in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mood disorders, such as depression […]

Tragic jetty fall case tests many civil liability issues

Polglase v Coffs Harbour City Council (No 2) [2019] NSWSC 1848 On 19 December 2019, the NSW Supreme Court gave judgment in a complex case involving multiple defendants, which followed a tragic accident involving a young child who fell from a jetty. Wotton + Kearney acted for the State of NSW in its successful defence […]

The critical role of decision makers in adverse action claims

The recent Full Federal Court of Australia decision, Australian Red Cross Society v Queensland Nursing Union of Employees [2019] FCAFC215, serves as a timely reminder of the importance of “decision maker” evidence in adverse actions claims. In this update, Wotton + Kearney’s Chris Mossman and Lisa Schumacher look at employers’ exposures around decision makers and ways […]

W+K retains top Chambers Asia-Pacific ranking for insurance law

Wotton + Kearney has once again ranked highly in both Australia and New Zealand for insurance law in the Chambers and Partners rankings. W+K are recognised as a Band 1 Firm for Insurance Law in Australia for the eighth consecutive year, and retained our Band 2 position for Insurance Law in New Zealand for the […]

Wotton + Kearney recruits national EPL practice leader

Wotton + Kearney is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Mossman, a highly regarded workplace lawyer and commercial litigator, as a Partner and new leader of the firm’s Employment Practices Liability (EPL) practice, based in Sydney. Cain Jackson, leader of the firm’s Financial Lines practice commented: “In looking for a senior specialist to lead […]

NSW Court of Appeal provides guidance on applications for the determination of separate questions

On 21 November 2019, the NSW Court of Appeal re-exercised the Court’s discretion to determine the limitation defence as a separate question in a dispute between a lender and a valuation firm. The decision, in which Wotton + Kearney successfully acted for the valuation firm, provides guidance on when a separate question determination is appropriate. […]

Wotton + Kearney named a 2019 Employer of Choice

Wotton + Kearney is pleased to have been named a 2019 Employer of Choice in Australasian Lawyer’s inaugural Employer of Choice rankings announced this week. Firms were assessed on the qualitative and quantitative information they provided in areas including remuneration, diversity and inclusion, training and professional development, health and wellbeing. According to the award organisers, […]

Extended powers for the REA Disciplinary Tribunal in NZ are now in force

On 29 October 2019, the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal in New Zealand gained the jurisdiction to order a licensee to pay compensation of up to $100,000 where they are found guilty of unsatisfactory conduct. The threshold for unsatisfactory conduct is lower than the previous threshold of misconduct. On the same date the Disputes Tribunal […]

More rights against those whose wrongs are not intentional

On 25 October 2019, The Victorian Court of Appeal found a claimant does not need to establish they have a “significant injury” to claim general damages if they allege they are the victim of an “intentional act that was done with intent to cause death or injury or that is sexual assault or other sexual […]