Natasha Cannon’s star is on the rise in New Zealand

Congratulations to Natasha Cannon, Senior Associate in Wotton + Kearney’s Wellington office, who has been named in NZ Lawyer’s 2021 Rising Stars Report released today. The Rising Stars Report recognises excellence in young lawyers in New Zealand — those who are showing signs of becoming the industry’s future leaders. Natasha was also recently recognised by […]

NZ Insurance Market Trends Update

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s NZ Insurance Market Trends Update, our biannual snapshot of legal trends and developments impacting claims managers, underwriters, brokers and corporates operating in the New Zealand market. In this edition, we look at the impact of recent matters in the areas of D&O claims, representative actions and EPL. We provide updates […]

2021 Insurance Predictions Report

Wotton + Kearney is pleased to provide our 2021 Insurance Predictions Report, looking at the major trends and issues we expect will remain in the spotlight for the insurance industry in our region this year. It’s no surprise that this report addresses some of the horizon issues that we expect to face in the wake […]

Wotton + Kearney appoints two new female partners

Wotton + Kearney has appointed two new partners, Chantal van Grieken, a highly regarded general liability practitioner, and Sian Gilbert, an EPL Accredited Specialist. Chantal and Sian, who were formerly with HWL Ebsworth, will join the firm on 1 February 2021. Chantal is known for her expertise in the areas of public liability, workers actions, […]

W+K retains top Chambers Asia-Pacific insurance ranking

Wotton + Kearney has been recognised as a Band 1 insurance law firm in Australia for the ninth consecutive year in the 2021 Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific rankings, and has retained its long-standing Band 2 position in New Zealand. Eight of the firm’s senior lawyers were also individually rated. Chambers says Wotton + Kearney is known […]

Wotton + Kearney announces a further 17 senior promotions

Wotton + Kearney is delighted to announce our most recent senior promotions in Australia and New Zealand, including two new partners – Angela Winkler and James Clohesy – and 15 senior lawyers, effective 1 January 2021. The latest promotions take the firm’s numbers to 44 partners and more than 220 dedicated insurance lawyers. Wotton + […]

Australian W+K APIG Scholarship winner announced

APIG and Wotton + Kearney are delighted to announce that Nikolce Stojcevski, Senior Underwriter – Financial Institutions at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, has won the 2020 Australian W+K APIG Scholarship. Nik’s submission was selected from a high calibre of entrants for his well-considered views on the SME insurance market, and how consolidating data across the industry […]

High Court finds police have an implied right to enter land to investigate the occupants

On 9 December 2020, the High Court handed down its decision in Roy v O’Neill [2020] HCA 45. The decision confirms police have an implied right to enter land to investigate the occupants by speaking with them, as long as the entrance onto the property is not for the sole purpose of subjecting the occupant […]

Wotton + Kearney appoints Non-Executive Chair

Wotton + Kearney has appointed David Nathan as its first Non-Executive Chair, effective 1 December 2020. His appointment follows an extensive market search and the firm’s move to an incorporated model in July 2019. David is an experienced Chair and NED with a demonstrated history of working across many industries, including insurance, professional services and […]

W+K APIG Scholarship – Australian submissions now open

Wotton + Kearney is pleased to continue our partnership with the APIG National Committee to offer the W+K APIG Scholarship, supporting the career development of young APIG members practising in financial lines insurance in Australia. For five years, the annual scholarship has recognised outstanding contribution and talent in our industry and connected the successful candidate […]