Deep Dive on Inclusion Survey Report 2021

Wotton + Kearney has again joined forces with Liberty Specialty Markets and ANZIIF to investigate how experiences of workplace inclusion are affecting the insurance industry. More than 400 ANZIIF members and industry participants shared their views on inclusion via the online survey to inform our Deep Dive on Inclusion Survey Report 2021. The report is […]

Employee or independent contractor? The High Court reiterates that it’s all about the contract

Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union v Personnel Contracting Pty Ltd [2022] HCA 1; ZG Operations Australia Pty Ltd v Jamsek [2022] HCA 2 Two landmark High Court cases have decided that the terms of a written contract will determine whether a person is an employee or a contractor. This is a major shift […]

Get to know Meisha Tjiong, partner and General Liability specialist

In our next partner Q&A, we get to know Sydney based General Liability specialist, Meisha Tjiong. Tell us about your journey to becoming a partner at W+K I feel it has been quite a (long) journey to Partnership and I have had a few detours along the way, which have allowed me to focus on […]

La Niña declaration likely to herald rise in property claims

The Bureau of Meteorology has declared a La Niña weather event for the 2021-2022 summer. These events notoriously result in cyclones and other natural disasters, leading to tragic loss of life and billions in property claims costs. The current La Niña weather event undoubtedly will lead to a substantial increase in property damage and consequential […]

General Liability Trends Update: Towards 2022

2021 presented the general insurance industry with many uncertainties. Our 2020 GL Trends Report provided foresight into several trends that have impacted, and continue to impact, the general liability market in Australia and New Zealand, including historical abuse claims across different sectors, concussion and its impact on sport, as well as COVID-19 risks as it […]

OPC releases report card on mandatory privacy breach notification

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has released its report on the first year of mandatory privacy breach notification under the New Zealand Privacy Act 2020. The report identifies a number of interesting trends, particularly regarding the prominent causes of privacy breaches notified to the OPC and the nature of the resulting harms. W+K’s […]

First Supreme Court judgment on application of new duty of care in DBP Act

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to refuse leave for the plaintiff to amend its List Statement in an alleged building defects claim has reinforced the fact that the statutory duty of care created under the DBP Act is assessed by the usual principles of negligence and does not require a higher standard be met. W+K’s […]

New national safety standards for quad bikes

On 11 October 2021, phase 2 of the Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 came into effect. It addresses minimum stability criteria and operator protection devices for quad bikes. In this article, W+K’s Scott Macoun and Trent O’Neill, assisted by Adrian Ballard, look at changes to the national standard and discuss how they may […]