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In this article we explore a recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which serves as a reminder of the importance of confidentiality in the doctor-patient relationship and the situations in which the disclosure of patient health information is prohibited.
November's publication of the 2022 Doyle's Guide directory covering all Australian states has seen Kennedys continue its ranking success.
Since 1 July 2021, defamation laws have introduced a requirement that a publication has caused (or is likely to cause) serious harm to a plaintiff’s reputation. In this article, we explore two recent judgments which are the first to apply the serious harm element and we discuss their implications.
Case review 07/11/2022
So long for now, but not necessarily auf wiedersehn, adieu… the Sharma appeal and what happens next for climate duty
Sharma by her litigation representative Sister Marie Brigid Arthur v Minister for the Environment  FCA 560, the 2021 Federal Court decision which elicited a resounding hallelujah and heralded a new era of climate duty, has been overturned on appeal to the Full Federal Court.
In 2020, the NSW Government implemented significant reforms focused on creating clear lines of accountability for defective building work. The reforms include the introduction of a statutory duty of care owed by ‘persons’ who carry out ‘construction work’ to take reasonable care to avoid economic loss caused by defects (Statutory Duty).
South Australian Court of Appeal delivers much-needed clarity on the issue of apportionment in commercial arbitration proceedings
In an arbitration matter Kennedys is involved in, the South Australian Court of Appeal has delivered much-needed clarity on the issue of apportionment in commercial arbitration proceedings as they relate to South Australia. In this article we provide an overview of the decision and its implications for clients, particularly when drafting arbitration clauses.
We recently contributed an article to the Communications and Media Law Association’s Communications Law Bulletin on the use of juries in defamation proceedings in America and Australia. In light of an American jury’s recent 2022 verdict in favour of Johnny Depp, we consider the different positions – between America and Australia, and within Australia itself – in relation to the right to a trial by jury, as well as whether defamation proceedings are more suited to be tried by judge or jury.
The complexities of best interests decisions and the role of parents in clinical ethics committees’ process
In this article, which was originally published in the Australian Health Law Bulletin, our healthcare experts in Australia and the UK provide an overview of the recent decision of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v Verden and consider its implications for clinical ethics committees.
Green for go: Kennedys to slash carbon emissions after plans approved by leading climate and science experts
We are delighted to announce our commitment to drastically reducing carbon emissions after teaming up with a leading group of climate and science experts.
In this article, which was originally published in the Law Institute Journal, we explore a recent High Court case which considered the duty of care on law firms for lawyers exposed to vicarious trauma and the measures law firms need to implement.