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Case review 12/09/2022
In a rare cladding decision, the NSW Supreme Court in Strata Plan 92450 v JKN Para 1 Pty Ltd recently determined that the Plaintiff failed to demonstrate the use of combustible cladding on a building was a breach of the Building Code of Australia. Llinos Kent, Emily Schneider and Stephen Cremean review the decision and its implications for insurers and insureds.
Beware of claims in the pipeline – construction trade associations warn of pre-insulated pipework fire risks
The fire resistance of buildings is being compromised by a “fundamental change” in the way pre-insulated pipework is used. This warning appeared in a joint statement issued by the Building Engineering Services Association and the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association in July 2022.
As discussed at our recent panel discussion, ‘All for one and one for all – today’s diverse and inclusive products: legalities, risks and AI’, diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) must be taken into account at each stage of the product lifecycle including product design, product testing, and product use.
Today we announced the launch of our in-depth report, 'Rewriting the risk: Addressing the challenges of climate change', which finds that the underwriting practices of (re)insurers are a major catalyst for change among businesses in the ongoing climate crisis.
Our latest global report finds that the insurance industry has a central role in building wider understanding about climate-related risks and in mitigating against those risks.
Supreme Court success for Kennedys on behalf of manufacturers in significant product liability action
The UK Supreme Court has handed down judgment today in the Scottish product liability action of Hastings v Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited and Stryker UK Limited  UKSC 19, unanimously dismissing the appeal brought by Mr Hastings (“the Appellant”).
As AI continues to gain considerable momentum across the life sciences sector, companies must take steps to understand how AI technologies operate and the risks that they present, the extent to which AI can transform and add value to their business, and implement a framework to provide for its effective incorporation into the organisation.
The European Commission’s public consultation on the EU Cosmetics Products Regulation to run until 21 June 2022.
Artificial intelligence in life sciences: regulating AI technologies and the product liability implications
There has been some form of regulation of AI technologies in many life sciences uses in the EU and UK for several years. The EU’s lead on AI regulation began within the medical devices sphere with the introduction of the Medical Device Regulations and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations (IVDR) (2017/745 and 746) that, belatedly, came into force on 26 May 2021.
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.