Monthly compilation of key updates for the legal industry – April 2020
Australian Travel & Tourism Lawyers hearing enquiries on travel-related matters in light of COVID-19
With the uproar surrounding the Ruby Princess cruise ship controversy, the firm told Australasian Lawyer that many Australians are considering their options. “We have received enquiries concerning cruise ships, including in relation to the Ruby Princess. Those matters are very much at an early stage; nonetheless, we have no doubt that, particularly in relation to that ship, litigation will follow,” said paralegal Bronte Sellers.
Australian Travel & Tourism Lawyers has also been working with US lawyer Debi Chalik, who has commenced proceedings against operator Princess Cruises in the District Court of California for the death of American Ruby Princess passenger Chung Chen from the coronavirus following the ship’s March voyage.
Insurance claims and refunds are common matters that have been brought before the firm by clients over the past month. Read More
Lawyers find creative ways to sign papers in COVID-19 wills rush
Witnessing wills through car windows and over back fences are among the creative ways lawyers are helping clients to get their affairs in order during the COVID-19 crisis.
More people are wanting to create or change their wills or powers of attorney in response to the deadly pandemic, Melbourne lawyers say. Read More
Here are 10 steps to build a stronger Australia after coronavirus by Travers McLeod – Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Development
- Never underestimate systemic risk again: Pandemic or coronavirus weren’t new words when Covid-19 began. This risk was foreseen.
- Don’t focus on the last war: The war analogy used for Covid-19 can help us plan a better future.
- Align our growth agenda with a zero carbon future: The first two steps will reinforce what should be obvious, that locking in carbon-dependent growth is a recipe for greater disaster.
- Revalue care: We can restructure our federation to guarantee care for all, especially in early childhood education. This is the moment to secure a new consensus for care.
- Rewire business for the long term: Australians want business to back long-term value creation for a larger set of stakeholders, especially their employees and their suppliers, and to broaden what we mean by capital. Covid-19 has signalled a capacity to do both. We must sustain this spirit to rewire capitalism for good.
- Work differently: It’s time to create more secure work and job guarantees through a Covid-inspired accord between government, unions and business.
- Back places, people and the public service: We need to invest more in our public services and grow talent across them.
- Get serious about substantive equality: An Australia that strives for equality not just of opportunity but of outcomes will be a healthier, more prosperous nation.
- Influence the world stage: We must be on the right side of history and seek to shape it positively, helping to reform institutions to tackle 21st century challenges.
- Walk the talk: How we act during and after Covid, whether it’s for sporting stars or international students, will speak volumes for our national integrity.
Survey reveals traditional legal priorities normally considered as challenges have become less urgent.
In-house legal leaders have shared the biggest challenges they are facing amid the coronavirus pandemic in a survey conducted by a global law firm. In a survey of 110 in-house general counsel from global corporations, Morrison & Foerster found that the biggest personal challenge faced by GCs is providing advice on unprecedented issues, with 64.5% indicating the answer.
The next-biggest issues faced by GCs are making decisions in an uncertain environment (55.5%), protecting the company from risk (39.1%), and supporting the business (36.4%). As remote working has been widely adopted across industries, 27.3% of GCs indicated that managing a remote team was their biggest challenge. Read More
Sports contracts in the age of COVID-19
The in-house legal function will be fundamental for the sports and entertainment sectors as we emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, argues one professional.
In-house counsel hold a unique place in any business or organisation, but in the age of coronavirus, they are more integral than ever. This is especially true, regulation legal manager Cassandra Heilbronn says, in the sports and entertainment sectors.
“In my experience, many clubs do not have the support of an in-house team, rather they have a strong HR function (which is generally where a lot of their legal issues arise), and the forward-thinking clubs already have a developed suite of precedents for their commercial contracts that were drafted by a law firm,” she explained. Read More