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  1. Can Bob the Builder still fix it? The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) and implications for insurers

    29 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (DBP Act) was assented to on 10 June 2020 and represents the first step in the NSW Government’s reform of the building industry following Shergold and Weir’s review of compliance and...

  2. Home is where the heart is: the role of intention in residence-based exclusions

    29 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Supreme Court of Queensland has provided guidance on how exclusions in insurance policies concerning where a person “usually lives” or is “ordinarily resident” should be interpreted, concluding the person’s intention is...

  3. Victorian Government to fast-track cladding rectification scheme and give builders a chance to rectify their own work

    29 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    As reported in our 17 October 2019 update, the Victorian Government introduced reforms aimed at funding rectification of non-compliant ACP cladding, including through litigation directed at wrongdoers responsible for the use of such products. In this...

  4. Court rules on apportionment and interest in Brisbane floods class action

    26 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Supreme Court of New South Wales has ruled on further issues arising from its November 2019 judgment in the Queensland floods class action, including the representative plaintiff’s claim for interest on damages for “gratuitous...

  5. Significant damages awarded for historical child sexual abuse by WA Christian Brothers

    26 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Mr Lawrence was subject to sexual, physical and emotional abuse from the age of 8 to 16 as an orphan under the care of the Christian Brothers in Western Australia. Mr Lawrence received an award of damages for negligence causing psychiatric injury...

  6. The Checkup Episode 15: A Climate Change Emergency with Dr Lai Heng Foong

    25 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Whilst COVID-19 caused incredible loss, fear and panic around the world, there was a silver lining to the pandemic – a rejuvenation of our environment. With the world in lockdown and an unprecedented downturn in manufacturing, there has since been...

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