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Insurers to indemnify for bulk notifications of a “problem”
In Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW) v Allianz Australia Insurance Limited, the Federal Court of Australia ruled that the insured Plaintiff was entitled to indemnity by relying on a bulk notification of a “problem”. This decision confirms several important principles related to the notification of circumstances in Australia.
What’s left of VCAT’s construction dispute jurisdiction?
The Honourable Justice Delany of the Supreme Court of Victoria recently held that the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal does not have jurisdiction to determine claims for contribution brought pursuant to the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic). In this article, we provide an overview of the decision and insights on the potential implications for VCAT’s Building and Property List.
Play nice with AFCA… or else
ASIC v General Commercial demonstrates that, in circumstances of significant contraventions, AFCA will refer licence holders to ASIC for investigation and a successful prosecution can result in the imposition of considerable penalties and restraints.
Insurance forecast 2023: claims trends and future risks
Drawing on our experience across various risks, this 2023 insurance forecast report highlights some of the key trends that we anticipate will shape the insurance agenda for 2023 and beyond.
Construction and building claims in Australia and beyond - a year in review
The legislative regime for construction and building legislation in New South Wales is currently undergoing a major overhaul with the proposed introduction of three new Bills designed to improve the regulatory framework and create end-to-end accountability for those who participate in the building and construction industry. In this article, we look at the proposed changes in conjunction with the key trends and issues in construction and building claims emerging across the Australian States and overseas.
Kennedys ranks in latest Doyle's Guide for leading insurance firms and lawyers
November's publication of the 2022 Doyle's Guide directory covering all Australian states has seen Kennedys continue its ranking success.
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.
Further changes ahead for the construction industry in NSW
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.
Kennedys partners recognised as leading Women in Business Law
Congratulations to our partners in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore who have been recognised in the Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2022.