Watkins Syndicate 0457 at Lloyds v Pantaenius Australia Pty Ltd [2016] FCAFC

INSURANCE - operation of s 54 of Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) on claim for contribution between the insurers where the second policy would respond to claim by insured invoking s 54 -whether s 54 applied to the claim by the insured - whether the operation of s 54 meant the appellant was not able to refuse to pay the claim made by the insured - whether the respondent insurer could set up putative liability of the appellant to the insured as a basis for a claim for contribution by it - appeal dismissed

Tim D. Castle appeared for the respondent.

Lambert Leasing Inc. v QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd [2016] NSWCA 254

INSURANCE – whether insured obliged to provide insurer with documents to enable insurer to determine whether conditions precedent to cover satisfied – insured claimed legal professional privilege in respect of documents – whether proceedings commenced prematurely

EVIDENCE – further evidence – whether documents in respect of which legal professional privilege was claimed at trial may be tendered on appeal

INSURANCE – double insurance – both policies contain “other insurance” clauses – whether s 45 of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) requires the insured to have “entered into” both contracts of insurance – whether insured has “entered into” both contracts of insurance

INSURANCE – double insurance – whether insurer A entitled to resist providing indemnity on the basis that insured had already been indemnified by insurer B – effect of deed which purported to re-characterise indemnity provided by insurer B as a limited recourse loan

CONTRACT – construction of the word “use” in indemnity clause in sale agreement – whether “use” has particular or special meaning under Virginian law – whether “use” encompassed leasing of aircraft or paying for maintenance pursuant to contractual obligation

Chris Ward SC appeared for the appellants.

Steven Cominos appeared for the second and third respondents.

Abdul-Rahman v WorkCover Authority of NSW [2015] NSWSC 1483

CIVIL LAW - workers compensation insurance – requirement for employer to hold current policy – debt or civil penalty arising from failure of employer to hold policy – relevant limitation period – appeal against decision of Magistrate – whether action constituted “proceedings for an offence” – whether Magistrate so found – submission that Court bound by purported finding – submission rejected – combative approach to litigation – whether notice of contention should be permitted – conflicting versions of conversations between counsel – when cause of action accrued to the Authority – ambiguity in legislation – appeal allowed