Emerging Talent Series 2020/2021
The insurance sector attracts and retains young professionals who are hungry for relevant, regular learning and education opportunities. To help further their careers, W+K has put together a multi-part Emerging Talent Series addressing both Property & Energy and General Liability claims issues.
Property & Energy – Session 1 (25 Nov 2020)
In the first event in our series of P+E Emerging Talent sessions, our Property experts look at some emerging issues around damage (vs defects) through the lens of the traditional key coverage requirements for a CAR/ISR claim.
- Aisha Lala (Partner, Melbourne)
- Katie Shanks (Partner, Sydney / Auckland)
- Andrew Moore (Special Counsel, Auckland)
General Liability – Session 1: Policy Interpretation (25 Feb 2021)
In our first GL Emerging Talent Series session, our W+K partners who are known for their expertise in policy interpretation share insights into:
- How to attack an indemnity issue – the nuts and bolts of moving through insuring clauses, exclusions, conditions and endorsements and breaking down complex clauses.
- The triggers to cover – claims made, and occurrence or injury / loss-based insuring clauses.
- Basic exclusion clauses, including assumption of liability under contract.
- Acts, omissions, reasonable precautions and section 54 of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth).
- Excesses, deductibles, self-insured retentions and limits of liability.
- Andrew Seiter (Partner, Melbourne)
- James Clohesy (Partner, Sydney)
- Chantal van Grieken (Partner, Melbourne)
General Liability – Session 2: Procedural Differences (18 March 2021)
In our second GL Emerging Talent Series session, four of W+K’s senior lawyers cover the procedural differences relevant to the management of claims across Australia and share insight into:
- Pre-litigation steps – what they involve and how they can be used to resolve claims faster.
- Case management by the Courts – the path to trial and opportunities to settle claims along the way.
- Pleadings & Discovery obligations – understanding the nuances in each jurisdiction.
- Costs protection mechanisms and using them to your advantage.
- How COVID-19 has impacted the way Courts operate and are likely to operate into the future.
- Maryan Lee (Special Counsel, Sydney)
- Natasha Sung (Special Counsel, Melbourne)
- Ken Grunder (Senior Associate, Perth)
- Shih-Lene Jee (Senior Associate, Brisbane)
General Liability – Session 3: Key Issues & Jurisdictional Nuances (29 April 2021)
In our third GL Emerging Talent Series session, four of W+K’s senior lawyers cover general liability key issues and jurisdictional nuances and share insight into:
- Limitation periods – is the Plaintiff really out of time (and if not, when?)
- Setting aside settlement agreements – becoming more prevalent in historical sexual abuse claims
- Dangerous recreational activity – a State-by State analysis 20 years on
- Worker to worker claims – application of excesses and workers’ compensation involvement
- Impact of contracts – indemnities and obligation to insure (a snapshot)
- Angela Winkler (Partner, Sydney)
- Scott Macoun (Partner, Brisbane)
- Jackson Pannam (Senior Associate, Melbourne)
- Diviij Vijayakumar (Senior Associate, Perth)
Property & Energy – Session 2 (11 May 2021)
In the second session of our P+E Emerging Talent series, our Property experts focus on ‘Exclusions’ in property policies and everything you need to know from a practical perspective.
General Liability – Session 4: Quantum Regimes by State (20 May 2021)
In our final GL Emerging Talent Series session, four of W+K’s senior lawyers cover the different Quantum Regimes operating across Australia and share insights into:
- Overview of personal injury quantum assessments – why it is calculated the way it is and why it is so important to get it right.
- General damages / non-economic loss – how do these awards vary between different jurisdictions?
- Economic loss / income loss – how are past and future economic loss claims calculated and what are multipliers?
- Gratuitous services – what are the thresholds, and as often one of the largest heads of damage, how can claims for past and future gratuitous services be reduced?
- Other heads of damage – how other heads of damage such as special damages (including Medicare indemnities) and future medical expenses are calculated and what evidence is required in short of these claims.
- Hope Saloustros (Partner, Melbourne)
- Cassandra Wills (Special Counsel, Brisbane)
- Jacqueline Grace (Senior Associate, Sydney)
- Caitlin Paxton (Associate, Perth)
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