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 […]

Cyber, Tech and Data Risk Report – Issue 3, September 2022

In this month’s issue of Wotton + Kearney’s Cyber, Tech and Data Risk Report, we provide a wrap-up of cyber, tech and data risk news for insurers, brokers and their customers doing business in Australia and New Zealand. We also share some relevant articles from our Legalign Global partners around the world. In this issue, […]

NZ Insurance Market Trends Update – September 2022

W+K has just released the latest issue of our NZ Insurance Market Trends Update. It explores emerging legal and claims trends impacting insurers, underwriters, brokers and corporates operating in the New Zealand market. In this edition, we look at significant developments and issues across financial lines, casualty, property & energy, healthcare, and cyber & technology. […]

Cyber, Tech and Data Risk Report – Issue 2, August 2022

We are delighted to publish the second issue of Wotton + Kearney’s Cyber, Tech and Data Risk Report – our regular 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. In this issue, we look at cyber issues, including the […]

State of the Nation – a practical guide to personal injury in Australia

Assessments of damages in personal injury claims and the apportionment of damages in property damage/economic loss claims in Australia are governed by different state legalisation and regimes. Each regime has unique characteristics that are important in the context of driving claim strategies. To help demystify many of the idiosyncrasies of personal injury litigation, W+K has […]

Cyber, Tech and Data Risk Report – Issue 1, July 2022

In light of the frequent and ever-evolving risks and trends in the cyber, tech and data fields, Wotton + Kearney is producing a regular wrap-up of relevant news for insurers, brokers and their customers doing business in Australia and New Zealand in these fields. In this inaugural report, we look at recent OAIC activity, the […]

Construction trends – checking the rear vision mirror while keeping an eye on the road ahead

The past year in the construction industry has been punctuated by a collection of legislative reforms, pandemic responses and technology advances. It’s also been a challenging time in which the industry has been dealing with the continued fallout from market-shaping events, such as the Lacrosse and Grenfell Tower fires, and heightened rates of insolvency. Against […]

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 […]

Climate change is heating up boardroom risks

Regulators in Australia and around the world are treating climate change as a major systemic financial risk. Given the high levels of regulator scrutiny, investor activity and public interest, it is only a matter of time before significant claims (potentially including securities class actions) are brought against directors and officers who fail to properly consider […]