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 […]

Supreme Court of Victoria’s historical child sexual abuse decision confirms damages in one case are not binding on another

The Supreme Court of Victoria has handed down its judgment in the matter of Waks v Cyprys & Ors [2020] VSC 44, which involved an assessment of common law damages regarding a claim for historical child sexual abuse. The Waks decision highlights that awards for general damages in Victorian matters continue to turn on their […]

NSW Court of Appeal declines to stay historic abuse matter

On 19 February 2020, the NSW Court of Appeal further clarified its position on granting a permanent stay of proceedings that involve allegations of historical child abuse in Gorman v McKnight [2020] NSWCA 20. Following the Court’s recent decisions regarding this issue in Moubarak bht v Holt and Council of Trinity Grammar School v Anderson, […]

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 […]

NSW Court of Appeal grants permanent stay for institutional defendant

On 9 December 2019, the NSW Court of Appeal granted a permanent stay of proceedings, as sought by an institutional defendant in a matter involving historic child sexual abuse claims. This decision confirms there is scope to obtain a permanent stay where the lack of evidence would unfairly prejudice the defendant. In this article, Meisha […]

Revisiting historical sexual abuse settlements in NSW

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Magann v Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Paramatta [2019] NSWSC 1453 affirmed the “once and for all” effect of a 2007 deed of release between the applicant plaintiff (Magann) and respondent defendant (Diocese). This matter involved Mr Magann […]

$3.5+ million in damages awarded in child sexual abuse case

In this case, Judge Fagan of the NSW Supreme Court assessed damages for a man who suffered a psychological injury following historic child sexual abuse. As a result of the abuse, the plaintiff suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, medication-related obesity and other related health issues. The defendant had previously plead guilty to related […]

Re-opening application for institutional child sexual abuse case dismissed

The Supreme Court of Queensland has dismissed an application under s48(5A) of the Limitation of Actions Act 1974 (Qld) to set aside a Deed of Settlement regarding institutional child sexual abuse, on the basis that it was not “just and reasonable” to do so. This judgment bodes well for institutions and their insurers facing re-opening […]

NSW Court of Appeal stays proceedings in historic child sexual abuse claim

The NSW Court of Appeal has ruled that there is scope for defendants, in the context of historic child sexual abuse claims, to apply to permanently stay proceedings on the basis of inability to obtain a fair trial, even though such claims are no longer statute barred under the Limitation Act 1969 (NSW). The circumstances […]