Why the Lacrosse appeal raises new questions about professional indemnity risks

Following our summary of the Lacrosse appeal decision last week, our PI and Construction teams have examined the key issues addressed by the Court, including liability apportionment, Building Code of Australia requirements and the use of the peer professional opinion defence. In this article, W+K partners Nick Lux and Andrew Brennan provide in-depth analysis of […]

Telehealth trend may lead to increased exposures for medical practitioners

High levels of telehealth uptake may prove to be one of the long-term social changes caused by the pandemic. If it is, the challenges posed by telehealth may lead to an increased exposure to claims against health professionals. In this article, W+K’s Chris Spain and Prue Egan look at the issues for insurers and raise […]

Lacrosse appeal [largely] upholds initial landmark decision

Tanah Merah Vic Pty Ltd & Ors v Owners Corporation No 1 of PS613436T & Ors [2021] VSCA 72 The Victorian Court of Appeal handed down its much-anticipated judgment in the Lacrosse matter on 26 March, essentially upholding the trial judge’s findings in the landmark 2019 decision. At a headline level, the Court of Appeal: […]

Canadian law firm Alexander Holburn joins Legalign Global alliance of best-in-region insurance firms

Legalign Global announced today the addition of Alexander Holburn, one of Canada’s leading insurance law firms and a member of The ARC Group Canada, to its alliance of best-in-region insurance firms. The addition of Alexander Holburn (AHBL) in Canada means clients will now have access to legal advice across North America, particularly in the areas […]

Emerging Talent Series

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.

The Life Squared Trust – Wellbeing Study of New Zealand Law Profession

Wotton + Kearney is proud to support the New Zealand’s Law Society’s study of wellbeing and mental health of lawyers within New Zealand which aims to find reasons for the prevalence of mental health issues within the profession and help build psychological wellbeing and resilience. The study is commissioned by The Life Squared Trust, a […]

NSW Child Abuse Bill opens door to revisit settled claims

Yesterday, the Civil Liability Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2021 was introduced in NSW. The Bill has two objectives: to enable courts to set aside certain agreements that settled claims for child abuse where it is just and reasonable to do so, and to ensure that Part 2A of the Act does not restrict awards of […]

Focus on privacy – keeping personal information up-to-date

A recent case note from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner highlights how failures to keep personal information up-to-date, and to act on requests to update information, can lead to privacy exposures. In this short article, W+K’s Mark Anderson, Joseph Fitzgerald and Johnson Zhuang look at the issues raised and ways to manage similar risks. […]

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 […]

Aged care reform heralds heightened risk for insurers

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is due to publish its final report on 26 February 2021. Its work, combined with the devastating impact of COVID-19, make it clear that significant change is on the way for the aged care sector. In this article, Chris Spain along with Cain Jackson and Charles […]