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Wednesday 6 July 2016 / by Callun Blurton posted in Insurance

The recent decision of McQuitty provides important guidance to Queensland personal injury practitioners with respect to the impact of hypothetical events, pre-existing injuries or conditions and the assessment of damages.   The probability test applied by His Honour Jackson J may assist defendants to reduce an award of damages in claims for personal injuries where the plaintiff has pre-existing injuries or conditions which had a probability of impacting a head of damage.[1]

In McQuitty the plaintiff was a passenger in a car involved in a serious motor vehicle accident.  Liability was admitted. Quantum was in dispute.  The plaintiff had a troubled past having a history of substance abuse, limited work history, behavioural issues and had been involved in at least two previous serious motor vehicle accidents.


Holman Webb is delighted to announce 9 internal promotions across our Sydney and Melbourne office, effective 1 July 2016.   These promotions span across the workplace relations, insurance, property, commercial recovery and insolvency and ctp practices.


Friday 29 April 2016 / by John Wakefield posted in Insurance

I am very pleased to report that at the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards held at the Sofitel last evening, John Van de Poll was awarded Law Partner of the Year: Insurance. This is a great credit to John reflecting his strong commitment to the building of the Holman Webb insurance practice over many years including his focus on delivery of services in an innovative way. It is also a very good reflection on his team and the firm generally.

Our congratulations go to John and thanks go to Adriana Giometti, Marketing and Client Strategy Director, for pursuing his nomination in these awards.


Holman Webb is delighted to announce that we have been selected as finalists in the following Australasian Law Awards 2016 categories:

  • Law Firm of the Year (up to 100 lawyers)
  • Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year

Tuesday 8 March 2016 / by Holman Webb posted in Business, Corporate & Commercial Health Aged Care & Life Sciences Insurance

Congratulations to Alison Choy Flannigan and John Van de Poll for being selected as finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2016 for the Health and Insurance categories.  

The winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on 28 April. 

We wish Alison and John the best of luck.


Thursday 3 March 2016 / by John Van de Poll posted in Insurance

The UK Insurance Act 2015 (the UK Act), which comes into force on 12 August 2016, contains some similar provisions to the Australian Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (ICA). Australia, however, has the advantage of more than 30 years of Appeal Court determinations on their provisions. In this article, we examine two Australian cases dealing with provisions equivalent to “Fair Presentation” and “Terms not relevant to the actual loss” – both key provisions that will be introduced by the UK Act.


We are delighted to announce that three of our firm’s senior team members have been selected in the Ninth edition of the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, Best Lawyers.


Friday 25 September 2015 / by Matthew Baker posted in Insurance

The Queensland Parliament passed the Amending Bill on 17 September 2015.  The Amending Act will make some significant changes to the Workers Compensation & Rehabilitation Act 2003 (WCRA).


Thursday 17 September 2015 / by John Van de Poll and Vahini Chetty posted in Insurance

Last week, the New South Wales Supreme Court handed down a decision in the matter of Anderson v Ausgrid [2015] NSWSC 1308 which is likely to be extremely helpful to insurers seeking recovery as a result of fire damage.


On the 6th July 2015, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released an Information Paper in relation to Outsourcing. It noted that in recent years there has been a significant change in the way that technology is being employed with shared computing services (SCS) being increasingly utilised by a range of business entities.


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