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Insurance Webinar Recording: 2020 – A Year in Review

Click through to watch Holman Webb's first Insurance webinar of the year: 2020 - A Year in Review.

Presented by national insurance group leader John Van de Poll, this 50 minute webinar discussed a wide range of interesting and important insurance matters from 2020.

Discussion topics include:


High-Risk Activities and Unsuitable Weather Conditions: Hayley Marks v Skydive Holdings Pty Ltd (2021) VSC 21

An interesting case has just been decided by Her Honour Richards J in the Victorian Supreme Court involving high-risk sporting activities and the effect of a waivers in protecting the insured and its insure


[Registrations Closed] Upcoming Insurance Webinar: 2020 – A Year in Review (Tuesday 16 February)

Holman Webb is pleased to invite readers to join our General Insurance Group for our first insurance webinar of the year: 2020 - A Year in Review.

Presented by Partner and National Insurance Group Leader John Van de Poll and taking place on Tuesday 16 February 2021, this webinar will examine a range of significant cases from 2020.


Business Interruption Decision Likely to be Appealed in the High Court

The business interruption test case in the NSW Court of Appeal has resulted in a decision favouring policyholders, rather than insurers.  

This test case has awakened insurers to the importance of obtaining regular legal advice in order to stay up to date with all relevant (and potentially problematic) legislative changes.


Podcast: Who pays the penalty for breaches of the WHS Act?

In the latest episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, host Jerome Doraisamy is joined by Holman Webb Workplace Relations Partner Alicia Mataere and General Insurance Partner Lucy Rooney to discuss recent changes to the Work, Health and Safety Act and what those changes mean both for corporates and individuals.


Supreme Court Curbs AFCA Jurisdiction: DH Flinders Pty Limited v Australian Financial Complaints Authority Limited

In a decision of the NSW Supreme Court given on 26 November 2020, the Court has found that AFCA has no jurisdiction to determine a dispute against an AFSL holder where the complaint arises from the conduct of its representative allegedly acting outside their authority.


A Lesson in Unequivocal Acceptance: Danbol Pty Ltd v Swiss Re International Se
Friday 13 November 2020 / by Pat O’Shea & Kate Witt posted in Insurance Insurance Contracts Unequivocal Acceptance

The matter of Danbol Pty Ltd v Swiss Re International Se [2020] VSC 23 was originally heard before the Victorian Supreme Court in February 2020. The matter was subsequently appealed and dismissed in November 2020.  

The decisions emphasise the importance of a clear and unequivocal acceptance of an offer before an insurance contract will be considered binding.


Intellectual Property and Virtual Meeting Platforms

Virtual meeting platforms have seen user numbers increase substantially since the end of 2019. Services such as Microsoft Teams, Skype and Zoom have become an increasingly utilised tool as a large number of businesses have directed employees to work from home during the various COVID-19 lockdowns.

When utilising services such as Skype or Zoom, businesses need to be aware of their terms and conditions, particularly what they say about intellectual property relating to content being presented through the platforms.


Extension of Lease Code of Conduct

On 24 April 2020, the NSW Government enacted the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 to implement the Lease Code of Conduct

The Regulation applied for a period of six-months, ending on 24 October 2020 - on which date the NSW Government extended the protections for eligible tenants to 31 December 2020. 


Four Partners, One Special Counsel Listed in Doyle's Guide 2020

Congratulations to four Partners and one Special Counsel, who have each been included in recently published Doyle's Guide 2020 lists, including:

  • Leading Dust Diseases Lawyers (Defendant) - Queensland;
  • Leading Dust Diseases Liability Lawyers (Defendant) - South Australia; and
  • Leading Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyers (Defendant) - New South Wales.

In addition, Holman Webb is the only firm listed in the Doyle's Guide 'First Tier' category, on the recently published Leading Dust Diseases Law Firms (Defendant) – Queensland list.  Similarly, Holman Webb is listed in the 'Leading' category for Leading Dust Diseases Law Firms (Defendant) – South Australia.


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