The world is changing, rapidly. NEXT is about bringing the next to now.

Businesses large, and small, are facing the weight of community, investor and regulatory expectations amid the greatest upheaval of modern times associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping businesses’ lights on, ensuring employment, safety and supply continuity have suddenly become community as well as commercial imperatives.

NEXT – the publication we’re launching today – is about rising to those expectations and imperatives.

There is an unparalleled opportunity for business to lead – to prove that the same nimble agility shown in responding and adapting to the pandemic can be applied to tackling environmental, stakeholder and technological challenges.

Born out of KWM’s Major Incidents team (a core focus of our Industrial & Consumer sector), we ask ‘what’s next?’ – sharing our thinking on how we are responding to the myriad of issues companies face from the ‘everyday,’ to major incidents, to, we hope, a once in a lifetime pandemic.

NEXT puts the risks and hazards associated with operating in today’s world, into a legal and commercial context. We track, investors, consumers, regulators and courts’ responses. We explore what is demanded of companies to be proactive and how identifying hazards and risks can build brands and reputations – as well as compliance and continuity.

Download NEXT: Business, the Environment and Safety today

In this publication, our experts put the risks and hazards associated with operating in today’s world, into a legal and commercial context.

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Featured articles

In the first edition of NEXT our experts consider and predict the issues that our companies face in the world today… and tomorrow.

Coronavirus, cancellations and contracts

Australian organisations need to be mindful that the measures they took during COVID-19 did not lead them to breach contracts and that they may have suffered from a breach of contract caused by another organisation’s COVID-19 response.

Industrial Manslaughter

How risks are identified and controlled remain key issues in responding to the new Industrial Manslaughter laws. National employers will need to update policies, legal compliance systems and documents.




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Prohibition on work health and safety insurance

Insuring against fines for breaches of work health and safety law is now unlawful in New South Wales. Other jurisdictions are expected to follow suit, meaning companies should review any such policies they hold, and sharpen their focus on WHS risk management.

The Victorian Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 – what should you be telling the Board?

The Victorian Government has delayed the implementation of The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic impact, this will be a welcome relief.

Rising heat in the Boardroom: Directors’ duties in the face of climate risks

Boards now more than ever need to consider strategies to manage climate-related risks – this is no small feat. Here are our seven key considerations that will help you navigate climate-related risk.

Download NEXT: Business, the Environment and Safety today

In this publication, our experts put the risks and hazards associated with operating in today’s world, into a legal and commercial context.



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