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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.


The Crucial Nature of Trade Marks in Franchising

Trade marks are the essence of franchising. 

All franchise systems strive for widespread recognition of their 'brand'. A common thread between successful franchise systems is that their customers receive a consistent level of quality in goods and services provided under instantly recognisable trade marks. 

However, there are often complexities in the registration and use of trade marks within a franchise system. For franchisors, getting the licensing right is not always clear cut, nor is being able to secure registrations for new products. On the other hand, franchisees will often enhance the reputation of a trade mark, but have no ownership interest and can carry the risk of infringing a competitor's trade mark. 

This article explores the importance of trade marks to a franchise system, and the key parties involved in it.


Case Note: Kaurareg Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC v Torres Shire Council

In a legal first, Holman Webb has assisted an Indigenous group to obtain an injunction to protect a culturally sensitive story site on Muralug Island (Prince of Wales) from works proposed by the Torres Shire Council.  

As a result of this injunction, the site was able to be protected until other proceedings were able to be brought in the Planning and Environment Court against a development approved by the Council at the Pearl Harbour site on Muralug Island.  


Warning for Property Buyers: One Crucial Step to Take Prior to Transferring Money to a Third Party!

In August 2020, Holman Webb published warnings regarding cyber safety, scammers, hackers and dodgy money transfers - with a particular focus on the crucial need to take extra precautions when transferring money to third parties.

In the recent case of Deligiannidou v Sundarjee [2020] NSWSC 437, we see just how cunning hackers have become, and why not doing your due diligence prior to transferring large sums of money can be financially devastating.


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. 


COVID-19 Employee Stand Down Found to be an Employment Benefit

An Arbitrator in the Personal Injury Commission has found that a worker, who sustained psychiatric injury when her employer stood her down during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, was not entitled to compensation.


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