June 2017


Read a roundup of activities around the AILA-NZILA branches

South Australia

By Nigel Wilson

On 24 March, AILA SA launched its 2017 program and the Ron Shorter Award in SA at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel.

Thanks to Sparke Helmore for its kind sponsorship assistance. Fifty insurance industry colleagues and friends attended the function and it was a very social and happy way to launch the year's events on a warm March night at a rooftop location.

On 6 April, 2017's first breakfast seminar was at the Hilton Hotel on the topic: Attack of the drones – An exploration of the insurance & legal issues.

On 25 May, a boardroom lunchtime seminar cover the topic: Bushfires, blackouts and weather events.

Future events are:

• Breakfast seminars at the Hilton Hotel on 22 June, 7 September and 7 December (with the AGM).
• A boardroom lunchtime seminar on 3 August at HWL Ebsworth.
• A Young Professionals drinks function at a time and venue to be confirmed
• Two boardroom lunchtime seminars on 15 June (Topic: Double trouble – Double insurance and s45) and 9 November at Finlaysons.

Thank you to the AILA SA Committee, sponsors and AILA SA members for their ongoing support.

Western Australia

By Anton Vucak

The WA Branch has had an outstanding start to 1H 2017 with five events since the start of the year.

Breakfast seminars continue to be popular and are consistently reaching capacity at the Parmelia Hilton. The topic Limitation Act in February and Who is covered, who is exposed? in March both attracted record numbers for breakfast events with 140 people.  

AILA WA has been very fortunate with a new seminar sponsorship initiative attracting a high level of interest. I thank the firms that have supported seminars so far this year and those whose events are coming.

If you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities in Perth, please email the Association Secretariat at office@aila.com.au.

On 19 May, Greg Pynt, on behalf of UWA, organised the Sir Ninian Stephen Insurance Law Masterclass – Insurance Gangnam Style (Redux).

The Masterclass was co-badged with AILA, and was a resounding success. The outstanding program featured presenters, including Ian Enright, Samantha Traves, Dr Brenda McGivern, Dr Robin Bowley and many more. Thank you to Greg for giving AILA the opportunity to work alongside him. The Masterclass will travel interstate to another AILA branch next year, but will return to Perth in the future.

WA's Young Professionals program continues to grow from strength to strength and several educational and social/networking events are being coordinated by the National YP Committee WA representative, Rosena De Freitas.

The WA Branch is excited to be included in the 2017 Ron Shorter Awards. Applications closed on 5 May and the WA subcommittee, headed by Angie Gimisis, reviewed submissions for selection.

The public speaking training is on 6 June via video link with Qld (WA's buddy state for the awards). The finals will be on 3 August with the 2017 winner for Qld/WA attending the APIC Regional Conference in Singapore in October.    

The Branch's busy event schedule for the rest of the year is confirmed and I look forward to seeing you there.

Keep an eye on your inbox, the AILA website and social media pages for seminar and event information.


By Melanie Quixley

Queensland hosted its Connecting the Dots Insurance Law Intensive in late May. 

More details in the next issue of Resolve.

Looking forward, Qld hosts its new Suits Series, a four- part series from May through to August, aimed at Young Professionals which covers technical and soft skills and culminates in a networking education seminar and drinks function finale.

Qld will host a public liability update evening seminar followed by drinks with barrister Keith Howe and a breakfast seminar on conflicts of interest when acting for insureds and insurers with barrister Kevin Holyoak. More details soon.


By Raff Pisano

AILA Victoria has welcomed five new committee members.

They are Samantha Downes, from Lander & Rogers; Sarah Fountain, from DLA Piper; Erica Lawson, from Logie-Smith Lanyon; Michael Moutsias, from Moutsias Management Services; and Mark Young, from Echelon Loss Adjusters.

Erica, who was the 2016 Victorian Ron Shorter Memorial Award winner, was inspired by her experience during the competition. She has become an active member of AILA and hopes to encourage other young professionals to get involved.

AILA Victoria continued its Basics & Beyond seminar series on 8 March with Michael Thompson QC and Michael Herron, of Arthur J Gallagher, presenting the topic: The broker. The next seminar, on statutory schemes, is scheduled for 5 June.

The Annual General Insurance Law Review was on 27 April with the following review topics covered by Christopher Brierley, of HWL Ebsworth; Matt Ellis, of Norton Rose Fulbright; Ken Horsley, of Minter Ellison; and Andrew Sharpe, of McCabes:

• Insurance Contracts Act
• Policy construction and indemnity issues
• Professionals and directors & officers
• Duty of care and causation
• Damages
• Short and sharp

The Victorian final of the Ron Shorter Memorial Award is on 18 July. Applications closed on 5 May and excitement is mounting.

The branch looks forward to an action-packed year as it continues to roll out its program, including an annual networking event in October.

New South Wales

By Clare Branch

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­NSW AILA has swung into action and its 2017 program is in progress.

Finals of the 2017 Ron Shorter Memorial Awards were on 23 May – more news next issue.

The 2017 Twilight series has started. The program is:

7 June: Duel or dual? When too much insurance isn't enough
21 June: Quantum leaps in class actions
12 July: Career-ending sporting injuries
26 July: Smart technologies and emerging product liability risks
9 August: Insurance in the infrastructure boom

The Young Professionals will hold their first social event for the year in July. Details soon.

The education committee hosted the successful Annual General Insurance Law Review on 24 February and Law for Insurers on 23 March.    

The committee will present a June seminar on CTP legislative changes in June.  Details soon.  

AILA is proud to announce its expansion into events of interest to the life industry. In 2017, AILA will present a spotlight seminar: Utmost good faith, unconscionable conduct and other notions of fairness: where are we now? The seminar will be in Sydney in August and Melbourne in September. The inaugural 2017 Annual Life Insurance Law Review will be in Sydney in November. 

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