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07 June 2021

African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) – The Next Leap for Africa?

We are delighted to share a recording of the panel discussion which Herbert Smith Freehills and Singular Group co-hosted on 28 May 2021 regarding the role the AfCFTA can play in the development of the African continent and the opportunities for businesses and investors.
03 June 2021

ASIC shorts activists

On 1 June 2021, ASIC released an information paper outlining what it regards as ‘better practices’ for activist short sellers, target entities, market operators and other market participants in the context of activist short selling campaigns.
03 June 2021

Webinar: Safeguarding employee mental health in the covid era

The unprecedented effects of the covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly fuelled the global mental health crisis among workers. Bereavement, social isolation, fears of contracting the virus, worries over job security, as well as harassment and discrimination, and the blurring of work and home life have...
03 June 2021

Views on an evolving automotive industry - The importance of a clear IP strategy

The emergence of new automotive technologies including in respect of connectivity and autonomy and the ‘electric revolution’ is undoubtedly a key factor in driving investment, disruption and R&D in the industry. Such technology now touches on all aspects of automotive development; from new in-...
02 June 2021

Future Cities Series: Key themes and industry perspectives

As part of our series exploring the pressures facing cities in the post-Covid era, we take a cross-sector view of the key issues and industry themes in re-thinking urban life. From the impact on healthcare, to modernising infrastructure and planning, to rebooting urban economies in response to...
02 June 2021

Future Cities Series: A delicate symbiosis – Green cities and the mining sector

By now, it’s widely accepted that our cities of the future need to be cleaner, greener and technologically superior, conjuring images of renewable energy, electric vehicles and ‘smart’ everything. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the mining sector sits counter to this vision – but you’d be wrong...
02 June 2021

Future Cities Series: Smart city joint ventures – A way to improve ESG compliance?

Great change is on the horizon for the real estate industry and the market players investing in real estate – but in many instances it is not certain in what shape or form such change will materialize. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will almost certainly change the way in which individuals...
02 June 2021

Future Cities Series: Planning for people – Future cities have to be active cities

Our cities of the future should be, above all else, about the citizens – the women, men and children – living and working in our urban centres. All over the world, cities continue to experience varying levels of lockdown due to the global pandemic, which in many cases has left citizens feeling “...
01 June 2021

Hurdles on the journey to European mandatory human rights due diligence

The EU Commission is delaying publication of its proposal for corporate human rights and environmental due diligence to the fall. Meanwhile, the draft German Supply Chain Law is finally moving to Bundestag vote after a last minute compromise was reached.
01 June 2021

Hurdles on the journey to European mandatory human rights due diligence

The EU Commission is delaying publication of its proposal for corporate human rights and environmental due diligence to the fall. Meanwhile, the draft German Supply Chain Law is finally moving to Bundestag vote after a last minute compromise was reached.
01 June 2021

Pensions Regulator Outlines Scope of New Pensions Criminal Offences but Uncertainty Remains

The UK Pensions Regulator has published its draft policy on investigating and prosecuting the new pensions criminal offences, which are due to come into force this Autumn. In this article for International Corporate Rescue, Samantha Brown and John Whiteoak consider the mixed messages contained in...
31 May 2021

A climate change duty of care: Sharma v Minister for the Environment

The recent decision of Justice Bromberg in Sharma v Minister for the Environment [2021] FCA 560 found that a novel duty of care is owed by the Minister for the Environment to Australian children who might suffer potential “catastrophic harm” from the climate change implications of approving the...
28 May 2021

The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast on gambling law

This podcast, hosted by Steven Jacobs , will focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling laws past and present, telling the stories of the people affected by this sometimes-impenetrable and often-changing landscape, and providing insight on what will come next.
27 May 2021

Dutch court orders Shell to reduce CO2 emissions by 45% by the end of 2030 relative to 2019 levels in accordance with Paris climate agreement

On 26 May 2021, the Hague District Court handed down its judgment in the Milieudefensie et al. vs. Royal Dutch Shell (" RDS ") case regarding RDS's compliance with the objectives of the 2016 Paris Agreement.
26 May 2021

Australian Consumer Law marks 10 years with some large penalties

The Australian Consumer Law marked its tenth anniversary on 1 January 2021. Some belated presents were recently delivered in the form of the confirmation of, and the handing down of, Australia’s two largest ever penalties for contraventions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) ( CCA ).