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 […]

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 […]

Autonomous vehicles: insurance and product liability implications on land and on the high seas

Wotton + Kearney partner, Belinda Henningham, along with Peter Allchorne, Wendy Hopkins, Olya Melnitchouk, Andrew Parker and Toby Vallance from our Legalign Global Alliance partner firm, DAC Beachcroft, explore whether the insurance industry is ready for the potential shift in policy coverage relating to autonomous vehicles and crewless ships. Belinda states that”…should the Australian Federal […]

Recreational activities uncoloured under the Civil Liability Act: They include professional sports

Charles Simon (Partner) and Jacqueline Grace (Senior Associate) consider the NSW Supreme Court decision of Goode v Angland [2016] NSWSC 1014, which provides a ray of sunshine for insurers of professional sporting clubs seeking to rely on the dangerous recreational activity/obvious risk defences available in NSW under the Civil Liability Act (NSW) 2005.

“Blick” outlook for cyclists – ACT Court of Appeal upholds $1.7 million judgment

Charles Simon (Partner) and Michael Milton (Special Counsel) consider the recent ACT Court of Appeal decision in Blick v Franklin [2016] ACTCA17, which provides a tale of caution for cyclists, liability underwriters and defendants preparing (or not preparing) expert evidence.

Senior Associate Noa Zur speaks to Insurance Business magazine about the proposed changes to the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic).

Following on from her article of 18 November 2014, Senior Associate Noa Zur was approached by Insurance Business magazine to provide further comment on the Victorian government’s proposed changes to the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic). Click on the image below to see what Noa had to say.

High Court revisits Common Law Duty of Care in the Exercise of Statutory Powers

On 12 November 2014, the High Court handed down its decision in Hunter and New England Local District Health v McKenna & Simon [2014] HCA 44, which revisits the circumstances in which a common law duty will exist alongside obligations created by statute. The case involved tragic circumstances where a man with a history of […]