Climate change is heating up boardroom risks

Regulators in Australia and around the world are treating climate change as a major systemic financial risk. Given the high levels of regulator scrutiny, investor activity and public interest, it is only a matter of time before significant claims (potentially including securities class actions) are brought against directors and officers who fail to properly consider […]

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.

NZ Insurance Market Trends Update

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s NZ Insurance Market Trends Update, our biannual snapshot of legal trends and developments impacting claims managers, underwriters, brokers and corporates operating in the New Zealand market. In this edition, we look at the impact of recent matters in the areas of D&O claims, representative actions and EPL. We provide updates […]

Aged care reform heralds heightened risk for insurers

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is due to publish its final report on 26 February 2021. Its work, combined with the devastating impact of COVID-19, make it clear that significant change is on the way for the aged care sector. In this article, Chris Spain along with Cain Jackson and Charles […]

2021 Insurance Predictions Report

Wotton + Kearney is pleased to provide our 2021 Insurance Predictions Report, looking at the major trends and issues we expect will remain in the spotlight for the insurance industry in our region this year. It’s no surprise that this report addresses some of the horizon issues that we expect to face in the wake […]

High Court finds general advice can get personal

On 3 February 2021, the High Court unanimously dismissed Westpac’s appeal in Westpac Securities Administration Ltd v ASIC [2021] HCA 3. It held that Westpac’s call centre operators, in making outbound calls to existing superannuation members, provided personal advice to retail clients in breach of AFSL conditions. This is the first High Court pronouncement on […]

Australian W+K APIG Scholarship winner announced

APIG and Wotton + Kearney are delighted to announce that Nikolce Stojcevski, Senior Underwriter – Financial Institutions at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, has won the 2020 Australian W+K APIG Scholarship. Nik’s submission was selected from a high calibre of entrants for his well-considered views on the SME insurance market, and how consolidating data across the industry […]

Get to know Dean Pinto, new partner and financial lines specialist

In our next Q&A with recently promoted senior lawyers, we get to know Sydney partner and financial lines specialist Dean Pinto. Tell us about your journey to becoming a partner at W+K I had never given thought to insurance law until looking for a job after university. I accepted a paralegal position in the insurance […]

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 […]

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 […]