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  1. Landlord and Real Estate Agents successfully defend a negligence claim for latent defects

    4 August 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    A Victorian Court has found that occupiers and contracted real estate agents do not have an obligation to arrange inspection of their premises by experts unless they are alerted to defects.

  2. Questions of liability and apportionment – Court of Appeal decides that statutory immunity prevents proportionate liability finding against concurrent wrongdoer

    3 June 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    In the recent New South Wales Court of Appeal decision of Woodhouse v Fitzgerald, the Court discusses the application of the proportionate liability regime under Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) in the context of the conduct of the Rural Fire Service whose officers are subject to a statutory immunity...

  3. Warning, Obvious Risk!

    7 December 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The WA Supreme Court of Appeal has confirmed that a residential occupier was not liable for injuries suffered by a neighbour who fell through a laserlite roof panel at the occupier’s home. The Court of Appeal confirmed that the risk was an obvious...

  4. Hazard reduction burns or hazard production burns? Duty of care breached by rural landowners

    14 May 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Despite engaging the Rural Fire Service to perform hazard reduction burns on their property, the New South Wales Supreme Court held that absentee landowners had breached their duty of care to prevent the re-ignition/spread of fire onto their...

  5. A landlord, a managing real estate agent, a delegable duty of care and a set of dodgy stairs

    24 February 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Who is liable for an injury to a tenant caused by the state of a property the subject of a residential lease? The landlord? The managing real estate agent? Both? Yeung v Santosa Realty Co Pty Ltd [2020] VSCA 7 considers a landlord’s delegable duty...

  6. Neighbour injured by “obvious risk”

    14 October 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    A residential occupier was not liable for serious injuries suffered by a neighbour who fell through a laserlite patio roof while removing a solar hot water unit. The risk of stepping onto laserlite panels and falling was found by the Court to be an...

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