Monthly Archives: December 2016

Holiday reading: recent NZ insurance cases

Two insurance decisions have been delivered recently which deserve close reading: Zurich Australian Insurance v WIthers & Ors [2016] NZCA 618, and Miah v National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Ltd [2016] NZCA 590. Your correspondent has read them, but not subject them to the suggested close reading. A longer analysis will be provided later, time permitting. For the time being, the close reading is over to you.

The relevant part of the Zurich decision concerns the applicability of a dishonesty exclusion in the context of a professional indemnity policy. Miah concerns the classification of an ownership interest in a life insurance policy.

Steve Keall
Barrister
28 December 2016

Recent insurance case: Prattley v Vero

Here’s my take on a recent NZ Supreme Court decision about the nature of insurance cover in a contested Canterbury earthquake claim (Prattley v Vero [2016] NZSC 158):

http://www.insurancebusinessonline.co.nz/nz/news/breaking-news/supreme-court-calls-it-on-prattley-228230.aspx

Steve Keall
Barrister

11 December 2016