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Case review 2021-02-23
A recent decision of the Full Federal Court is likely to significantly reduce the number of general protections dismissal applications progressing from the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to a federal court for hearing. The FWC will now decide whether there has been a dismissal, if that issue is in question, when the application is lodged with the FWC rather than leaving it to a federal court to decide. If the FWC decides that there has been no dismissal and declines to issue a certificate, the matter will end, saving employers and their insurers the costs of a federal court proceeding.
It will long be remembered that the big tech social media platforms “de-platformed” a President of the United States and denied Donald Trump his media connection of choice at a critical time.
The Legal 500 APAC 2021 results has seen Kennedys build on our 2020 achievements and confirmed the strength of the firm’s reputation across the region.
Since 1 January 2021, all registered building surveyors in Victoria, Australia have been required to comply with the Victorian Building Authority’s first Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors.
Kennedys continues to grow in 2021, with the acquisition of Langleys’ insurance team. This sees Kennedys opening an office in Leeds, our 12th in the UK and 42nd globally. The new office will be headed up by David Thompson formerly Managing Partner and Head of Insurance at Langleys.
The legal technology market has a natural fascination for the new. Words like “launches”, “debuts”, “unveils” are the narrative that propels a growing niche of alternative offerings that are increasingly an adjunct to most big firms.
In October 2020, as part of the continuing harmonisation of national work health and safety laws, Australian states and territories are introducing laws for industrial manslaughter, defining a workplace fatality as a criminal offence.
The launch of the 2021 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific has seen Kennedys build on our 2020 achievements and confirmed the strength of the firm’s reputation across the region.
As airlines continue to weather the pandemic storm, lessors are bracing themselves for an increasingly difficult landscape. In an appeal decision emanating from Australia last month, the Federal Court in New South Wales, handed down a decision that will weigh heavily on global decision-makers at banks and lessors.
Kennedys is delighted to announce the appointment of financial lines specialist Emily Schneider as a partner in the firm’s Insurance group in Melbourne. Emily joins Kennedys from Barry.Nilsson, where she was a special counsel.