Decision confirms need to address clear criteria in pursuing direct recoveries against insurers

Sergienko v AXL Financial Pty Ltd [2019] NSWSC 1610 On 21 November 2019, the Supreme Court of NSW dismissed an application brought by the fourth and fifth defendant seeking leave for joinder of an insurer in place of a deregistered legal practice under Civil Liability (Third Party Claims Against Insurers) Act 2017 (NSW). This decision confirms […]

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 […]

NZ High Court decision could test dishonesty exclusions

Mainzeal Property v. Yan & Ors This week, the New Zealand High Court awarded $36m in damages against directors of Mainzeal, once one of New Zealand’s leading property and construction companies, including former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley. The damages are the highest awarded for reckless trading in New Zealand’s history. The case raises a […]

Insurance Remodelled – 2018/19 Market Conditions & Trends Report

I am delighted to welcome you to the launch of our annual Legalign Global insurance report, Insurance Remodelled, 2018/19 Market Conditions & Trends. The report has been produced by our Legalign Global partner DAC Beachcroft for a number of years to assist the insurance industry in the UK and has now been expanded to include […]

No duty of care to subsequent home owners. Consultants in the clear?

Ku-ring-gai Council v Chan [2017] NSWCA 226 What you need to know The New South Wales Court of Appeal has delivered a decision that creates significant difficulties for subsequent purchasers of domestic properties who seek recovery from building consultants for defective works when recourse against the builder under statutory home warranty schemes is available. This […]

The restricted scope of “other insurance” clauses

Andrew Moore and Robert Finnigan discuss the implications of a recent decision by the New South Wales Court of Appeal in Lambert Leasing Inc v QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited [2016] NSWCA 254 which confirms a restrictive operation of section 45 of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984. The limitation of section 45 may lead to increase […]

Relief for builders and their insurers! Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v The Owners – Strata Plan No 61288

In a decision that will no doubt be greeted with relief by builders and their insurers, on 8 October 2014 the High Court of Australia delivered its much awaited decision in Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v The Owners – Strata Plan No 61288 [2014] HCA 36. The High Court has determined that there is no common […]

Brirek Industries v McKenzie Group Consulting

In breaking news, in a decision handed down on 6 August 2014, the Victorian Court of Appeal has determined that, pursuant to section 134 of the Building Act 1993 (Vic), the applicable limitation period for commencing a “building action“, whether in contract or in tort, is 10 years from the date that the relevant occupancy […]