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 […]

#MeToo is not over: sexual harassment claims to stay in the spotlight in 2019

Claims for sexual harassment have risen significantly in Australia during the past year, and they will keep rising. The recommendations from the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces could mean new claim types emerge. A rise in claims, combined with the renewed focus on sexual harassment, will cause businesses to increasingly take out […]

Marsupial Miscalculation – obvious risk and the allocation of resources under the Civil Liability Act

Kempsey Shire Council v Five Star Medical Centre Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 308 In February 2014, a landing aircraft collided with a kangaroo at Kempsey Aerodrome and was damaged. The owners of the aircraft Five Star Medical Centre Pty Ltd sued the owner of the airport Kempsey Shire Council in the District Court of NSW. The […]

GDPR: How One Website Advertisement Could Cost You Millions from May 25, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affects businesses across the globe, despite originating in the European Union (EU) and comes into force today. It is not too late to consider the impact as an Australian or New Zealand business owner. What makes this new regulation unique is the obligations imposed on businesses worldwide to comply […]

Failed sterilisations: a “resurgence of common law claims” for loss of income?

J v Accident Compensation Corporation [2017] NZCA 441 What Happened New Zealand’s Court of Appeal has recently handed down a decision that may signal a partial retreat of the statutory bar to proceedings arising from medical misadventure. In a case involving a failed sterilisation, remarks made by the Court appear to leave open the possibility […]