State of the nation: a guide to personal injury claims in Australia – updated for 2023-24

We’re delighted to share W+K’s State of the nation 2023-24 – our guide to different procedural rules, limitation periods, assessment of damages and recent cases for personal injury claims in each Australian state. Assessments of damages in personal injury claims and the apportionment of damages in property damage/economic loss claims in Australia are governed by […]

NZ Insurance Market Trends Update 2023

We are pleased to share our latest edition of NZ Insurance Market Trends Update. Our annual report explores legal and claims trends, legislative and regulatory developments and significant recent decisions that impact insurers, underwriters, brokers and corporates operating in the New Zealand insurance market. Our report includes more than 30 articles that look at trends, […]

And the Turning Point competition winner is…

W+K is delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural Wotton + Kearney Turning Point competition – Nathan McLellan, Vice President – First Party Claims, Asia Pacific, Liberty Specialty Markets. Nathan, with contribution from W+K Special Counsel Matthew Foglia, wrote a paper on “The importance of clarifying LEG2 and LEG3 during the transition to clean […]

Resource hub: Developments and updates in the building and construction industry

Australia is seeing sweeping state-based legislative reform intended to regain public confidence in the building and construction industry. For example, in NSW, the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 will have a significant effect on establishing the liability of design and building practitioners within the construction industry and how they are insured. In contrast, the […]

W+K’s 2023 Insurance Predictions Report

The W+K team is pleased to share its 2023 Insurance Predictions Report, which addresses the major trends and issues impacting the insurance industry in our region. The report considers key trends across insurance lines, including the rise in class actions in Australia despite regulatory change and the rapidly evolving cyber exposure landscape. We look at […]

Cyber, Tech and Data Risk Report – Issue 4, December 2022

We are delighted to publish Issue 4 of our Cyber, Tech and Data Risk Report, which is our final wrap-up of relevant news for insurers, brokers and their customers doing business in Australia and New Zealand in the cyber, tech and data fields for the year. In this month’s report, we look at a range […]

Navigating the high cost of data breaches in the new cyber legal landscape

Recent major cyber incidents and associated data breaches in Australia, particularly those involving Optus and Medibank, have triggered a maelstrom of breach, policy and legislative developments. The Australian Government has taken swift legislative action to increase the consequences of data breaches by amending the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), and has indicated there will be an […]

New Zealand Employment Law Bulletin – Issue 1, December 2022

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s first Employment Law Bulletin. The last few months have been full of interesting employment law developments in New Zealand that are likely to have profound impacts for businesses and their insurers. In this issue, we look at recent restructuring cases, the impact of Uber drivers being defined as employees, Holidays […]

Product Liability Update – Issue 1, December 2022

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s Product Liability Update, a snapshot of the key trends, areas of regulatory focus, and emerging risks in product liability insurance in Australia and New Zealand. In this issue, we look at the ACCC’s focus on safety issues affecting young children, recent case highlights from Australia and New Zealand, and the […]

A knockout blow? The current state of CTE and concussion litigation in Australia and around the world

The discovery of CTE in American National Football League players in the early 2000s was a body blow to the professional and amateur sporting landscapes around the world. While little is still known about the causative effects of CTE, sporting organisations, schools, community groups and their insurers have proactively responded to the emerging risk. This […]