Parametrics: the next big thing?

Parametric insurance is becoming increasingly common as it give insurers a way to resolve risk-transfer concerns. The success of these products depends on the accuracy and objective nature of the parameters set and a deep understanding of the potential exposures. Nick Lux, Aisha Lala and Ben Hine consider the rising popularity of this product in […]

GL Update – key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s GL Update – a snapshot of the key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance in Australia. In this edition we look at the impact of recent significant matters, including the Lacrosse cladding fire litigation conducted by our Melbourne team, the ongoing risk of concussion claims and prison authority […]

Lacrosse fire litigation: builder and consultants found liable for combustible cladding

On 28 February 2019, Australia’s first decision regarding the roles and responsibilities of builders and other building consultants regarding the use of combustible cladding was handed down. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal upheld the Owners Corporation and lot owners’ claims against the builder following a fire in November 2014 that involved combustible ACP cladding […]

NSW Court of Appeal resolves uncertainty about date of accrual of cause of action against a first party property insurer for limitation purposes

Globe Church Incorporated v Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd [2019] NSWCA 27 Wotton + Kearney acted for Allianz in a NSW Court of Appeal proceeding where judgment was issued yesterday clarifying – albeit by a 3-2 split decision – the issue of when a cause of action accrues against a first party insurer for limitation purposes. The […]

Deliberately taking a risk can still be an ‘accident’

Paul Spezza (Partner), Scott Macoun (Senior Associate) and Bree Smith (Associate) consider the Court of Appeal of Queensland’s decision of Matton Developments Pty Ltd v CGU Insurance Limited [2016] QCA 208, which provides insight to both insurers and policy holders into what constitutes “accidental damage”, and how the courts are reluctant to interpret additional benefits […]