December 2016


Read a roundup of activities around the AILA-NZILA branches

South Australia

By Nigel Wilson and Julie Kinnear

The outstanding highlight of the last few months was the successful hosting of the AILA 2016 National Conference on 12-14 October at the Adelaide Oval.

Thank you to:

• All conference delegates and partners for attending and participating in conference activities
• All speakers for the time, preparation and energy they gave to their thought-provoking presentations
• The SA Conference Organising Committee for its commitment, dedication and game-changing ideas
• The sponsors
    • Conference dinner: Barry.Nilsson
    • Gold: Hall & Wilcox
    • Welcome reception: Mills Oakley
    • Final lunch: Gilchrist Connell
    • Silver: CGU, Clyde & Co, Finlaysons, Jones Harley Toole, Sparke Helmore, The Terrill HBM Legal Group, Thomson Geer
    • All other valued sponsors and exhibitors
• All Occasions Management, conference organiser
• The Young Professionals Committee (SA) for convening a social event during the conference in the Adelaide CBD
• Special thanks to Julie Kinnear, Chair, 2016 National Conference Committee

Successful seminars have been held on the following topics:

• Tips for briefing and dealing with counsel, 19 July (Young Professionals)
• New perspectives on subrogated recoveries, 4 August

Congratulations to John Homburg on his award of AILA life membership.


Western Australia

By Rebecca Roberts

AILA WA had a sell out AILA/NIBA Young Professionals Seminar in October, which was the perfect opportunity for young members to network with AILA and the broader insurance industry.

A highly anticipated high tea on 4 November had more than 100 attendees. District Court Judge Davis presented on the ever-trending topic of “work life balance”.

WA’s remaining two educational events for 2016 cover how to assess an ageing workforce; and the “Year that was”, presented by life member David McKenna.



By Melanie Quixley

AILA Qld hosted a sell-out seminar presented by barrister Kevin Holyoak and Renee Eglington, of Kare Lawyers, where they reviewed legislative changes in workers’ compensation.

The final seminar for the year, Banana skins, gum nuts and bat poo, in December will review recent and perhaps somewhat surprising decisions that impact on the scope of duty owed by residential occupiers to entrants. It will be followed by drinks and canapes to celebrate the end of 2016.

The inaugural Tomorrow’s Leaders Today annual lecture will be presented by Jane Pochon, AIG Financial Lines Claims Manager for APAC, on 2 March 2017 with a high tea at the Stamford Plaza, Brisbane. Each year the lecture will feature one of the industry’s current leaders who will share their insights on the industry and its future for tomorrow’s industry leaders.

AILA Qld will host the Queensland Insurance Intensive in May and release an exciting program soon. Contact AILA National for sponsorship inquiries.


New South Wales

By Angus Kench and Renae Hamilton

The NSW Young Professionals hosted their second social event for the year with a much-anticipated annual GPO function.

The mobster theme attracted a massive YP turnout with more than 350 professionals making it out alive. Thank you to the generous sponsors, Holman Webb, RGL Forensics and Clyde & Co, for their ongoing support of YP events.

The education sub-committee hosted a seminar on environmental liabilities – a much misunderstood and too infrequently purchased cover for companies. About 60 insurance professionals attended Gilchrist Connell’s office to hear from a panel comprising an underwriter, Alan Thorn, from LIU; a lawyer, Johanna Kennerley, Carter Newell; and a regulator, Nelma Akhund, NSW EPA; facilitated by David Flint, from Gilchrist Connell.

The session covered:

• The types of insurance available to cover environmental risks
• Key environmental laws and the risks associated with departmental investigations and prosecutions
• Incident response and management.

On 16 November the YPs hosted their second seminar of the year, presented by Dr Helen Paterson, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Sydney, who gave some fascinating insights in Making your memory work for you.

Through interactive initiatives, Dr Paterson guided the audience through key research in the field of memory recall and eyewitness memory. Thanks to Clyde & Co for generously sponsoring and hosting the event.  



By Raff Pisano

Victorian AILA events since Resolve’s September issue was published include:

23 August: Claims against financial advisers – Key issues and battle grounds
Speakers: barrister John Tesarch, Rob Heath and Daryl Smith, from Clyde & Co. About 80-90 people attended.

4 October: Annual joint AILA/NPLA seminar - Drunk robots, ethics and other conundrums in driverless cars and drone technology: Effective risk management for artificial intelligence systems when things go wrong – who pays and why?

The expert panel featured:

• Prof Robert Sparrow, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University
• Darren Trott, National Business Development Manager, Crawford & Co
• Annette Hughes, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth; Past President NPLA
• Alexis Taylor, Solicitor, Wotton + Kearney, finalist for the Ron Shorter Memorial Award 2016 (Vic)

The panel addressed:

• conundrums and ethical questions on artificial intelligence (AI) systems for driverless cars and drone technology when things go wrong and there is personal injury, loss or damage
• product liability risks for importers, manufacturers and other suppliers in the chain of distribution for products incorporating AI systems
• the best strategies for effective risk management and appropriate insurance to minimise potential liability threats for suppliers of AI technology.

The speakers’ presentations were eye opening. A Crawford video showing what drone technology is capable of and how it is being used by the industry to manage risks and claims was illuminating and thrilling to watch. The future is already here.

8 November: Hot tubbing of experts
Speakers: John Arneil, Unisearch; Cameron Roberts, Thomson Geer; Caroline Kenny QC, barrister
Sponsored by Unisearch and Sparke Helmore

24 November: Basics & Beyond – Staying on top - What happened? What’s next?
Speakers: Gillian Harrex, Finity Consulting; Joe Carone, AIG; Andrew Dawson, Marsh
Sponsor: Lander & Rogers

A panel of insurance experts provided an informative and interactive discussion of emerging risks and trends driving innovation, market dynamics affecting capacity, competition and opportunities for growth, and the current regulatory focus challenging and impacting on the insurance industry's business practices.

30 November: Annual networking event: Beat the rush Christmas party
A networking event for young professionals and the young-at-heart with a Xmas-themed cocktail on arrival, drinks, canapes, a trivia quiz, a caricature artist, prizes, and Xmas goodies from Santa Claus. It was a great opportunity for industry professionals to get together and have fun.

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