Parametrics: the next big thing?

Parametric insurance is becoming increasingly common as it give insurers a way to resolve risk-transfer concerns. The success of these products depends on the accuracy and objective nature of the parameters set and a deep understanding of the potential exposures. Nick Lux, Aisha Lala and Ben Hine consider the rising popularity of this product in […]

GL Update – key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s GL Update – a snapshot of the key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance in Australia. In this edition we look at the impact of recent significant matters, including the Lacrosse cladding fire litigation conducted by our Melbourne team, the ongoing risk of concussion claims and prison authority […]

The BEAR: a radical structural shift for insurers?

Executive accountability for financial product design, promotion, delivery and remediation was a major theme in the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. It is an issue which insurers will need to grapple with if one of the less publicised, but potentially very significant, recommendations in […]

Employee Class Actions: New claims in the flexible employment economy

The gig economy is reshaping employee class actions, with recent decisions classifying independent contractors and casual workers as employees. Historically, employee class actions were the monopoly of the union movement. But with the waning of union membership and influence, and the rise of the gig economy and large numbers of casual workers, litigation funders are […]

Something to be reckoned with – Royal Commission recommendations for claims

Many significant recommendations have been made in Commissioner Hayne’s Final Report arising out of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. While there has been significant commentary about the recommendations broadly, one recommendation that is likely to have a significant impact on the insurance industry has received relatively little […]

#MeToo is not over: sexual harassment claims to stay in the spotlight in 2019

Claims for sexual harassment have risen significantly in Australia during the past year, and they will keep rising. The recommendations from the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces could mean new claim types emerge. A rise in claims, combined with the renewed focus on sexual harassment, will cause businesses to increasingly take out […]

International D&O Update

There have been some interesting global developments that are changing the landscape for D&O insurers. In this first edition of our International D&O Update, we have joined with our Legalign Global alliance partners to bring a summary of landmark cases and regulatory developments that will impact insurers both here in Australia and across the globe. […]