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The Australian arm of global insurance and litigation law firm Kennedys today announced the promotion of 10 lawyers to new senior roles, in the largest-ever group of promotions for the firm in Australia in a single year.
The results of Part 2 of the Law Commissions’ joint consultation into the regulation of automated vehicles, “emphasised how uncertain the future has become, and how regulation must be sufficiently flexible to deal with a wide variety of eventualities.”
In a time of self-reflection and metamorphosis for many educational institutions across the country, the final draft Title IX Regulations released by Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education last week add to the unprecedented ambiguity colleges and universities are currently facing.
We are delighted to confirm the promotion of thirteen lawyers to our partnership across practice areas including commercial, employment and healthcare, as well as specialist areas of insurance and liability that include cyber, property and construction, professional liability, travel, abuse and fraud. Eight of those promoted are based in the UK, with four in the US and one in Australia. Our worldwide partner count is now 264.
One could argue that it is slightly ironic that Scotland’s first virtual court hearing in response to the recent lockdown, which took place on 21 April 2020, was one surrounding the law of defamation in Scotland; an area of law which is deemed by some to be unfit for the digital age.
On March 23, 2020, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)—the California energy utility—announced that it will plead guilty to criminal charges for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire in Northern California, which led to the deaths of 85 people and caused billions of dollars in property damage. This plea brings a lengthy investigation to a conclusion, but it is not anticipated that PG&E’s existing civil liabilities ($24.5 billion) will increase as a result of the plea agreement.
In the 2000 film Dude, Where’s My Car? the primary characters wake up after a night of partying wondering what transpired the night before, or, as Ashton Kutcher said it best, “Dude, where’s my car?” In a recently decided matter in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the court made it clear that a plaintiff can’t leave these types of questions unanswered and must be able to piece together the chain of events leading to an injury to sustain a cause of action.
We are delighted to have won ‘Best New Solutions for Clients’ and the overall ‘Best in Theme’ awards at last night’s Managing Partners’ Forum Awards.
Kennedys backs combination of criminal and regulatory regimes to help build confidence in driverless public transport
We have recommended that new criminal offences dealing with cyber-attacks on buses, taxis and other forms of public transport will be needed as the technology emerges, in our response to a Law Commission consultation. We have also said operators of driverless public transport should take personal responsibility for their safety as part of the protections needed to build consumer confidence in the concept.
With the pace of change in the global insurance market showing no signs of slowing in 2020, we have underlined the London Market’s need to reassert its ability to adapt and manage the constant evolution of global risk. Releasing our annual London Market forecast for the year ahead, we have made predictions across 11 areas impacting the London Market, namely: aviation, casualty coverage, construction, cyber, energy, financial lines, marine, product liability and life sciences, professions, political risks and property damage.