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Holman Webb Listed in 5-Star Insurance Awards 2021

Holman Webb Lawyers is proud to announce that we have been listed as a 5-Star Excellence Awardee in the recently released ‘5-Star Insurance Law Firms and Lawyers 2021’ list, compiled by  and Insurance Business Australia.

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When Can You be Liable, But Not Liable? Shoveller v Dak-Wal Constructions Pty Ltd (No 2) [2021] NSWSC 352

This case note discusses the 8 April 2021 decision of Shoveller v Dak-Wal Constructions Pty Ltd (No 2) [2021] NSWSC 352, in which a 76-year-old retiree fell from a 3m high walkway while visiting a holiday home in Kilcare NSW.


Court of Appeal: Alleged Concurrent Wrongdoers With Statutory Immunity Cannot be Legally Liable at Any Stage

In the NSW Court of Appeal decision of Woodhouse v Fitzgerald [2021] NSWCA 54 given on 9 April 2021, the Court addressed whether the Proportionate Liability provisions of the NSW Civil Liability Act were engaged in circumstances where the alleged concurrent wrongdoers had a statutory immunity from suit.


Five Lawyers Included in The Best Lawyers in Australia - 2022 Edition

Holman Webb is pleased to announce that five lawyers have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia.


Is that you Skip? AFCA Backs Insurers in Claims Involving Alleged Collisions with Marsupials

What would your initial reaction be if a kangaroo suddenly appeared before you while driving? 

Surely any loss of control and subsequent crash would be the kangaroo's fault, right? 

Guess again!

Recently, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority backed insurers in three separate vehicle claims lodged by customers claiming the appearance of a kangaroo had resulted in them crashing their vehicles.


Supreme Court Upholds AFSL Holder’s Right to Claim Indemnity From an Authorised Representative for Insurance Deductibles

In the decision of Mason v Cashel Financial Services Pty Limited [2021] NSWSC 201 delivered on 9 March 2021, the Supreme Court of NSW confirmed that an indemnity in a contract between an AFSL holder and its authorised representative, entitled the AFSL to recover an insurance excess and deductible incurred to settle a claim brought by a third-party investor arising from the conduct of the representative.

The decision makes clear what has been known for a long time: that a properly drafted indemnity gives a clear right to license holders to recover far reaching losses arising from the negligence and omissions of authorised representatives. 


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:


[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.


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.


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