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Case review 16/05/2022
Closing the class – the Full Federal Court of Australia does not close the door but provides further guidance
In this article we consider the decision of Parkin v Boral Limited (Class Closure)  FCAFC 47, which has given some clarity confirming the power of the Federal Court of Australia to allow notices of class closure upon approval of a settlement by the court.
Following the recommendation of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, a new sub-category of psychiatric injury has been included within the sixteenth edition of the Judicial College Guidelines. In this article, we explore this new section of the Guidelines and consider whether the courts in Scotland are likely to adopt these new figures in a manner which may bring awards for damages closer to those in England and Wales.
In 2021, we reported on Singapore’s new legislative framework for electronic bills of lading. The following 12 months have seen major developments in the UK regarding the legal recognition of electronic trade documents such as bills of lading, such developments which could have significant consequences for the shipping industry and its insurers.
Connecticut is the fifth state to pass a comprehensive privacy law. Senate Bill 6, “An Act Concerning Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring” (“CTDPA” or “Act”), passed in both chambers of the state legislature on April 22, 2022, and April 28, 2022, respectively, and Governor Ned Lamont signed it into law on May 10, 2022. The Act will go into effect on July 1, 2023, with the exception of certain provisions.
Global insurance and litigation law firm Kennedys has promoted six new partners in Australia, a significant share of the record round of 22 partner promotions worldwide that take effect from 1 May 2022. This is the largest round of internal promotions since Kennedys opened the first Australian office in 2006.
In this briefing, we consider the latest court decisions raising issues for the Quincecare duty, contribution claims against counsel, non-disclosure of material facts, COVID-19 business interruption losses and aggregation of claims.
We have added a leading organised fraud specialist to strengthen our team and help safeguard clients from the rising cost of fraudulent claims. James Stevens is a former director and head of organised fraud at DWF Law, where over the last 11 years he has become well-known for his work relating to organised insurance fraud.
The State Opening of Parliament will take place on 10 May 2022, with the Queen’s Speech setting out the Government’s agenda and economic plans for the next session. We take a look at what new laws could be announced and what measures from last year’s Queen’s Speech are confirmed as being carried over.
Case review 09/05/2022
In Page v Kidd & Spoor Harper Solicitors, Kennedys successfully defended an appeal against a grant of summary judgment on the basis that the claim was statute barred under s14B Limitation Act 1980.
We have appointed Alan Demirkaya as our new HR director to drive forward our transformation plans and ensure that we continue to attract the industry’s top talent. He will lead a team spanning the UK, Europe, Middle East, the Americas and Asia Pacific, reporting to global managing partner, Suzanne Liversidge.