September 2017

Whistleblower Protection Reform takes a step forward, with rewards for Whistleblowers on the Table
Lost in Cyber Space – “Danger, Will Robinson!”
Stress Claim on Appeal in the District Court of WA – Section 5 of the WA Act and Meaning of “Discipline”, “Wholly or Predominantly” and “Unreasonable and Harsh”
He Either had Nic Naitanui-like Skills or the Boundary Line was too Close to the Fence
Being a FIFO Parent after a Divorce or Separation
When is a DOCA not “the” DOCA?

Welcome to the September edition of our monthly newsletter.

Kott Gunning Lawyers is a supporter of the Australian Institute of Management’s popular Inspirational Leader Series  of breakfasts.  The Friday, 10 November event features Senator The Hon Mathias Cormann. If you would like to join our table, please email events@kottgunn.com.au (limited tickets available). Please also check the Kott Gunning website for more events.

A reminder that the Asia Pacific Insurance Conference will be held from 18 – 20 October 2017 in Singapore and is supported by AILA. For more information please contact AILA national Vice-President and insurance partner Stephen Williams. 

Well done to insurance lawyer Rhonda Carson and the organising committee of last night’s inaugural Dive In event which celebrated diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry in Western Australia.

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Whistleblower Protection Reform takes a step forward, with rewards for Whistleblowers on the Table

Tom Darbyshire
Partner

When a person within an organisation discloses wrongdoing by that organisation, they are providing a valuable public service. Whistleblowers are often uniquely placed to reveal immoral or unlawful behaviour that …
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Lost in Cyber Space – “Danger, Will Robinson!”

Stephen Williams
Partner

Mike Baldwin
Special Counsel

Daniel Coster
Associate

The online environment is getting more complex for businesses including mandatory data breach notification laws and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect in 2018.
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Stress Claim on Appeal in the District Court of WA – Section 5 of the WA Act and Meaning of “Discipline”, “Wholly or Predominantly” and “Unreasonable and Harsh”

Ashley Crisp
Partner

This very interesting case provides an excellent summary of the cases and law relating to Section 5 of the WA Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act and the terms “discipline”, “wholly or predominantly” and “unreasonable and harsh”.
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He Either had Nic Naitanui-like Skills or the Boundary Line was too Close to the Fence

Carol Hamilton
Lawyer

Recently, a Council was found negligent for failing to ensure that a boundary line was marked at a sufficiently safe distance from a fence. The case reinforces the importance of adequate risk management and effective delegation of any duty of care which might be owed by Councils to users of their facilities.
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Being a FIFO Parent after a Divorce or Separation

Danielle Hadida
Lawyer

When parties first consider getting a divorce or separating the first question they often ask is what arrangements should be put in place for the children. Determining the time each parent is to …
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When is a DOCA not “the” DOCA?

Conor Breheny
Associate

Administrators and directors should be careful when executing a Deed of Company Arrangement that the terms of the deed they are signing are substantially in the same form to not be declared void altogether.
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