PFAS – A chemical of concern

The rapidly developing regulatory landscape regarding PFAS, the growing number of lawsuits and the big settlements being reached are creating significant concern within the insurance industry. In this update, W+K’s Charu Stevenson, Raisa Conchin, Ronald Mok and Sarah Mellowes provide some background on the PFAS issue and look at the issues it raises for the […]

New Conduct and Client Care Rules create compliance risks for NZ solicitors

The new Conduct and Client Care Rules are coming into force on 1 July 2021. They bring with them some significant changes that are likely to impact on solicitors’ negligence risks. In this article, W+K’s Rebecca Scott and Julia Whitehead provide a brief overview of the changes and look at some of the issues they […]

Coverage for historic sexual abuse in school case raises problems for insurers

In BB v Helena College [2021] WADC 42, the Western Australia District Court found that three different policies of insurance, held by an insured school, responded to historic acts of intentional sexual abuse by a school teacher. In this article, W+K’s Sean O’Connor and Patrick Thompson provide an in-depth analysis of the coverage issues addressed […]

Climate change is heating up boardroom risks

Regulators in Australia and around the world are treating climate change as a major systemic financial risk. Given the high levels of regulator scrutiny, investor activity and public interest, it is only a matter of time before significant claims (potentially including securities class actions) are brought against directors and officers who fail to properly consider […]

Emerging Talent Series 2020/2021

The insurance sector attracts and retains young professionals who are hungry for relevant, regular learning and education opportunities. To help further their careers, W+K has put together a multi-part Emerging Talent Series addressing both Property & Energy and General Liability claims issues.

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 […]

Sports and concussion liability – Legalign Global seminar

Sports concussion claims are sitting high on the agenda of insurers likely to be impacted by them. This global issue is gaining increasing exposure in the international media. On 9 March 2021, the UK Government launched a select committee to examine the scientific evidence and links between head injury and dementia across all sports where […]

23 from W+K recognised in latest Best Lawyers list

Wotton + Kearney is pleased to have 23 senior lawyers featured in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers Australia and New Zealand. We received 35 listings in total across a range of insurance law and litigation categories. Recognition in Best Lawyers is based on peer review and feedback from leading lawyers on the professional abilities […]