Resource hub: Legislative reform of the building and construction industry in NSW

The NSW Government has introduced sweeping legislative changes that are intended to regain public confidence in the building and construction industry. The new legislation, in particular the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020, will have a significant effect on establishing the liability of design and building practitioners within the construction industry and how they are […]

A new duty of care changes the liability landscape – the impact of the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2020

With the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2020, the NSW Government has introduced sweeping legislative changes that are intended to regain public confidence in the construction industry. In this update, W+K’s Andrew Moore, Robert Finnigan and Chris Knight look at the key issues for insurers created by the introduction of mandatory compliance declarations by construction […]

COVID-19 Resource Centre

Wotton + Kearney is committed to keeping our clients informed of the insurance and broader business implications of the coronavirus outbreak. With senior insurance law experts across major policy types and market sectors, we are well placed to provide advice and tailored support in product lines and claims areas we specialise in. On this page […]

Operational and consequential impacts of COVID-19 on the construction industry

Between government-imposed social distancing measures and global supply chain disruptions, the construction industry is suffering. The sector is experiencing significant direct operational impacts, ranging from WHS issues and contractual exposures to the erosion of asset values. Professionals working in the industry are also struggling with the flow-on effects, including the challenge of discharging their obligations […]

COVID-19: Implications for insurers – A Legalign Global Report

The significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt worldwide. For the insurance sector, the exposures created by the coronavirus are significant as an international event of this size and complexity carries a range of insurance risks, including first party and supply chain business interruption, event cancellation, travel and liability claims. Legalign Global’s alliance […]

Side-stepping Brookfield strategy fails in NSW Supreme Court

The NSW Supreme Court’s recent decision in Mistrina Pty Ltd v Australian Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 130 involved a novel indirect causation and loss of opportunity claim brought in the context of a defective building dispute. While the case turned on evidential issues, it highlights the challenges faced when bringing claims for defective […]

Property specialist Andrew Moore named a Rising Star in New Zealand

Wotton + Kearney is proud to announce that Senior Associate Andrew Moore has been named in NZ Lawyer’s inaugural 2020 Rising Stars list released this week. The list has been established by NZ Lawyer to recognise a small group of up-and-coming stars in the New Zealand legal profession who are committed to making a difference and are showing signs […]

Informed Insurance: 2020 Predictions Report

We are pleased to share our latest Legalign Global thought leadership publication, Informed Insurance: 2020 Predictions, which has been launched in our region today. Aimed at supporting the global insurance market in preparing for the opportunities and challenges ahead, the report includes over 80 predictions by senior lawyers at the Legalign Global alliance firms, including Wotton […]

Great Scott! Sections 43A and 45 to the rescue for public authorities

Sean O’Connor (Partner) and Michael Fung (Associate) review the recent NSW Court of Appeal decision in Mansfield v Great Lakes Council [2016] NSWCA 204, which discusses the evidence needed for a plaintiff to overcome a defence under section 43A (applicable to public authorities) and section 45 (applicable to road authorities) of the Civil Liability Act […]

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 […]