INVESTIGATIONS AND LEGAL PROFESSIONAL PRIVILEGE: RECENT LESSONS IN WA

The early investigation of claims is often critical to the preservation of evidence. However, of equal importance is ensuring that the…

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High Court reinstates important distinction between injury and disease in compensation case

Introduction and background On 11 May 2016, the High Court of Australia considered the meaning of “injury (other than a disease)”…

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Up the garden path: VWA stumbles in recovery claim against university

VWA v Monash University [2016] VSC 178 (McDonald J., 22 April 2016) Introduction This recent Supreme Court of Victoria decision exemplifies…

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Red tape reduction removes Stat Dec for rejecting claims

Section 129(5) of the Workers Compensation Act 1951 (ACT) previously provided: ‘If the insurer rejects the claim 28 days or later…

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High Court further defines advocate’s immunity from suit

The decision is Attwells & Anor v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 16 (4 May 2016). Background Mr Attwells…

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Can defence costs extend to challenging the lawfulness of an underlying inquiry?

Introduction In Hird v Chubb Insurance Company of Australia Ltd [2016] VSC 174, the Supreme Court of Victoria has ruled that…

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Contribution and the moving feast

Griffin v VWA & Ors [2016] VSC 101 (23 March 2016) Background The plaintiff, employed as a fitter/supervisor, allegedly injured his…

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