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Qatar restrictions and the potential implications for the insurance/reinsurance industry

22 June 2017

On Monday 5 June 2017, a number of countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (the G4) severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and introduced unprecedented restrictions. These included cutting land, air and sea travel to and from Qatar and (save for certain exceptions) expelling Qatari citizens from their respective jurisdictions.

Cause for concern: has litigation privilege become too much of a privilege?

21 June 2017

In the landmark judgement The Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) [08.05.17] the High Court held that documents prepared during an internal investigation were not protected by legal privilege.

Rapid resolution and redress scheme: Kennedys responds

21 June 2017

Last month, we submitted a response to the Department of Health’s consultation on a rapid resolution and redress scheme for severe avoidable birth injury.

Good news for Australian company directors on personal liability risk

20 June 2017

Australian company directors may soon have the comfort of a ‘safe harbour’ exclusion to the insolvent trading provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 if proposed amendments, introduced into parliament on 1 June, are passed.

The boycott of Qatar: a construction perspective

20 June 2017

As has been widely reported, on 5 June 2017 a number of states broke off diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, and severed a number of other links with Qatar; those states are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Subsequently, the Tobruk based government in Libya, Comoros, Yemen, the Maldives, and Mauritania have also joined in supporting the boycott1.

Qatar restrictions and the potential implications for the insurance/reinsurance industry

22 June 2017

On Monday 5 June 2017, a number of countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (the G4) severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and introduced unprecedented restrictions. These included cutting land, air and sea travel to and from Qatar and (save for certain exceptions) expelling Qatari citizens from their respective jurisdictions.

Cause for concern: has litigation privilege become too much of a privilege?

21 June 2017

In the landmark judgement The Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) [08.05.17] the High Court held that documents prepared during an internal investigation were not protected by legal privilege.

Rapid resolution and redress scheme: Kennedys responds

21 June 2017

Last month, we submitted a response to the Department of Health’s consultation on a rapid resolution and redress scheme for severe avoidable birth injury.

Good news for Australian company directors on personal liability risk

20 June 2017

Australian company directors may soon have the comfort of a ‘safe harbour’ exclusion to the insolvent trading provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 if proposed amendments, introduced into parliament on 1 June, are passed.

The boycott of Qatar: a construction perspective

20 June 2017

As has been widely reported, on 5 June 2017 a number of states broke off diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, and severed a number of other links with Qatar; those states are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Subsequently, the Tobruk based government in Libya, Comoros, Yemen, the Maldives, and Mauritania have also joined in supporting the boycott1.