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 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 […]

EPL trends, developments & risks – seminar recording

As workplaces continually evolve, so too do new risks and potential claims. Unfair dismissal, bullying and sexual harassment claims, statutory liability obligations of directors and managers, new whistleblower laws, and the potential impacts of the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment are just some of the emerging employment risks impacting insurers, brokers, underwriters and insureds in […]

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 […]

Operational and consequential impacts of COVID-19 on the construction industry

Between government-imposed social distancing measures and global supply chain disruptions, the construction industry is suffering. The sector is experiencing significant direct operational impacts, ranging from WHS issues and contractual exposures to the erosion of asset values. Professionals working in the industry are also struggling with the flow-on effects, including the challenge of discharging their obligations […]

Lockdown – what the Wage Subsidy Scheme means for NZ employers

The NZ economy has been severely hit by the impacts of the coronavirus, with many businesses now in lockdown. The Government has responded with a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme to help businesses and affected workers in the short-term, as they adjust to the initial impact of COVID-19. For employers, the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme comes […]

COVID-19: Implications for insurers – A Legalign Global Report

The significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt worldwide. For the insurance sector, the exposures created by the coronavirus are significant as an international event of this size and complexity carries a range of insurance risks, including first party and supply chain business interruption, event cancellation, travel and liability claims. Legalign Global’s alliance […]

Informed Insurance: 2020 Predictions Report

We are pleased to share our latest Legalign Global thought leadership publication, Informed Insurance: 2020 Predictions, which has been launched in our region today. Aimed at supporting the global insurance market in preparing for the opportunities and challenges ahead, the report includes over 80 predictions by senior lawyers at the Legalign Global alliance firms, including Wotton […]

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 […]