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Final APRA Guidance on Information Security released – are you prepared?
Insight 27 Jun 2019

APRA has released the updated final version of its Prudential Practice Guide, which gives crucial context about how it views cybersecurity threats, and clarifies some of the steps that should be taken now relating to board oversight, information security controls and notification of information security incidents. Partner Valeska Bloch and Associate Claudia Hall report. ...

IP insurance: are you sure it's too expensive?
Insight 25 Jun 2019

IP disputes can be costly. One way firms can manage this risk is to obtain IP insurance. Once regarded as too expensive to work, recent developments in the market suggest that, for smaller businesses in particular, protection may now be more affordable. ...

AFCA: The first six months - and the year ahead
Insight 17 Apr 2019

Written by Partner Andrew Maher, Senior Associate Ingrid Weinberg and Lawyer Zoe Chapman The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), the new 'one-stop-shop' for resolving financial complaints, has had a very busy first six months ...

Considering Robo-advice
Insight 17 Apr 2019

Written by Partner Simun Soljo and Senior Associate George Blades Introduction 'Robo-advice' is emerging as an important way of providing financial product advice, particularly as the advice industry continues its post-Royal Commission ...

Amendments to include insurance claims handling in the definition of 'financial services'
Insight 05 Mar 2019

The Federal Government has released a consultation paper which takes action on Recommendation 4.8 of the Banking Royal Commission's Final Report. If implemented, the handling and settlement of insurance claims will become a 'financial ...

The future age of AI
Insight 01 Feb 2019

Written by Consultant John Morgan We will be able to cease speculation on what is in or not in the Final Report of the Financial Services Royal Commission on Monday evening (or after whatever time it takes to read and digest!). As clarity ...

Changes to the FSC Life Insurance Code of Practice
Insight 20 Dec 2018

Written by Overseas Practitioner Craig Dewar and Summer Clerk Moussa Mourad Proposed changes to the FSC Life Insurance Code are afoot and the deadline for comments is fast approaching. The present review of the Code is designed to improve ...

Class action amounts to multiple claims under insurance policy
Insight 03 Dec 2018

The decision in a recent Supreme Court of New South Wales case, where indemnity was sought for costs incurred defending and settling a class action, highlights a potential gap in coverage under civil liability insurance policies. Partner ...

Report: Class Action Risk 2018
Insight 26 Nov 2018

Class action risk continues to increase and is becoming more complex than ever before. Assessing this risk for your organisation is extraordinarily challenging and requires a broad-based perspective of the broader class actions landscape. ...

AFCA's powers and obligations - 'systemic issues'
Insight 13 Nov 2018

Written by Senior Regulatory Counsel Michael Mathieson In his Interim Report, Commissioner Hayne rejected claims that misconduct in the financial services sector was the fault of 'a few bad apples' and did not raise 'broader or systemic ...

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