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Residential building disputes – buyer beware, certifying bodies catch a rare break

As insurers involved in residential building disputes know, a building claim typically brings a cast of thousands to the courtroom. While owners, builders and engineers typically take centre stage, local Councils and certifiers can unwittingly become involved as bit players due to their role in “signing off” on a project, and perhaps more importantly, because … Continue reading

Is there a duty of care to protect customers from a bank robber?

Bank robberies may be foreseeable. But does a bank owe its customers a duty to protect them against the risk of harm by a bank robber? The Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, says No. A bank has no control over the unpredictable conduct of an armed robber: Roberts v Westpac Banking Corporation [2016] ACTCA 68 … Continue reading