NZ Privacy Act 2020 update 1 – what the new law means for insurers and their insureds

On 30 June 2020, New Zealand’s privacy regime was reformed with the royal assent of the Privacy Act 2020. The new legislation will come into effect on 1 December 2020. The new legislation introduces a range of reforms that bring New Zealand into line with international best practice for privacy and data protection. These include mandatory […]

Striking out a representative action – Houghton v Saunders

Throughout its long life the Feltex representative action proceeding has created a number of significant decisions. With the latest New Zealand High Court decision in Houghton v Saunders, the matter is now on the brink of being struck out. In this update, W+K’s Antony Holden and Michael Cavanaugh look at how the latest Feltex judgment is […]

Asbestos potency is a liability apportionment factor

In this recent decision, the Victorian Supreme Court held that it should consider the type, amount and potency of the asbestos used in the relevant products when apportioning liability between two manufacturers. The decision also highlights that, in making an assessment of comparative responsibility, the Court will not adopt an “overly mathematical” approach to apportionment. […]

COVID-19 Resource Centre

Wotton + Kearney is committed to keeping our clients informed of the insurance and broader business implications of the coronavirus outbreak. With senior insurance law experts across major policy types and market sectors, we are well placed to provide advice and tailored support in product lines and claims areas we specialise in. On this page […]

NSW Court of Appeal provides guidance on limitation periods for actions against valuers

Wotton + Kearney acted for a valuation firm in proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of NSW regarding its valuation of a property at Wallalong, NSW. The valuers successfully applied to have a limitation defence determined as a separate question, and the matter was removed to the NSW Court of Appeal. The NSW Court of […]

An Australian first – privacy regulator commences action against Facebook

On 9 March 2020, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) lodged Federal Court proceedings against Facebook for ‘serious and/or repeated’ breaches of the Privacy Act in an action that is the first of its kind in the Australian legal landscape. The case marks the turning point where the Australian regulator signals more of […]

NSW Supreme Court refuses leave to sue court-appointed liquidators

Wotton + Kearney acted for the court-appointed liquidators in response to an application for leave to commence proceedings against them for alleged negligence and misleading or deceptive conduct. The NSW Supreme Court dismissed the leave application and the proceedings with costs. In this case alert, Cain Jackson, Patrick Boardman and Stephen Morrissey explain why this […]

JobKeeper legislation – new risks for EPL insurers

The new JobKeeper legislation, which was passed by the Federal Government on 8 April 2020, confers an extraordinary amount of flexibility on employers to restructure their workforce during the coronavirus crisis.  However, with these new opportunities for employers come a range of new risks. In this article, W+K EPL specalist Chris Mossman explains the issues […]

Fair Work Commission releases first substantive COVID-19 decision

On 6 April, the Fair Work Commission handed down its first substantive decision regarding the COVID-19 crisis in Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical & Services Union v Auscript Australia Pty Ltd. Its finding that Auscript had breached its consultation obligations is not good news for employers seeking to implement rapid changes to their workforce. In this article, W+K […]

Preying on the vulnerable – cyber claims predicted to rise due to COVID-19

Insurers are likely to receive an increase in cyber claims due to the impact of the coronavirus. Most businesses have had to accommodate remote working rapidly, leaving many with a range of cyber security exposures. There are already phishing scams using COVID-19 related messages to lure anxious individuals and the number of these is expected […]