Articles and Case Studies

Snapping On Default Judgment   17 Nov 2016
A plaintiff is able to apply for default judgment when a defendant fails to file an appearance (where applicable) or a defence within the time prescribed by the relevant rules. In Victoria, judgment in default of defence is governed by Order 21 of both the Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rul ...
Section 54 – An Avenue to Meddle with Insurance Claims?   14 Nov 2016
The first judgment published by the Federal Court of Australia in 2016 dealt with the operation of section 54 of the Insurance Contracts Act and whether an insurer can seek to rely on the provision in defending a contribution claim. Now, towards the end of 2016, the Full Court of the Federal Court ...
Taylor & Wandani Pty Ltd v Hobson & Anors   28 Oct 2016
The Supreme Court of Queensland recently delivered judgment in a case scrutinising an insurer’s involvement in proceedings and whether it amounted to an abuse of process.
New Federal Court Practice Note on Class Actions   27 Oct 2016
On 25 October 2016, the Federal Court issued 26 new national practice notes. We set out the most notable features of the Practice Note concerning Class Actions.
A new era in Class Actions: The common fund approach is in   27 Oct 2016
In Money Max Int Pty Ltd (Trustee) –v- QBE Insurance Group Limited [2016] FCAFC 148, the Full Court of the Federal Court determined that a common fund order with respect to litigation funding fees and legal costs would be granted subject to certain conditions.

In the News

Aussie firm William Roberts opens in SG   19 Feb 2013
Australian law firm William Roberts Lawyers has opened an office in Singapore, its first outside its home country and its third overall.
Matter of circumstance - proving motive for insurance fraud in arson (pdf 55.5KB)   1 May 2012
Reliance upon circumstantial evidence is common practice for insurance companies when alleging an insured was responsible for causing a fire that damaged an insured’s premises.
Consumer credit reform - snapshot on compliance (pdf 493.5KB)   1 Dec 2011
Reform of Australian Consumer Credit Laws by Federal Parliament in 2009 resulted in sweeping changes to the Australia consumer credit landscape.