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27 May 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: The Global Impact on the Mining Industry

Note: This resource has been updated on 26 May 2020 to include the US (Federal and the States of New York, California and Texas) and reflect recent developments in Australia and Peru. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis. The mining industry has sought to...
27 May 2020

The View From Brussels: The negotiation of the Future Partnership between the EU and the UK

Negotiations on the Future Partnership between the UK and the EU have progressed through three rounds – held by video conference rather than face-to face given the current circumstances. According to the press-conferences, and in particular the introductory statement of the EU negotiator at the end...
26 May 2020

Madrid video updates: El papel del seguro de D&O en las reclamaciones penales contra consejeros

26 May 2020

Cyber security in focus

Our survey shows that trust companies consider cyber attack to be one of the greatest challenges they face.
26 May 2020

Manufacturing medicines in Australia: examining the need for increased domestic capability

There has been much discussion about the need for Australia to increase “sovereign capability” in domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing.
26 May 2020

Australian Federal Government eases continuous disclosure rules

Yesterday, the Australian Federal Government modified the continuous disclosure provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ( Corporations Act ) in an effort to provide temporary relief to companies and officers for a six month period from today.
26 May 2020

Has the Full Court 'Rokt' the boat

Commissioner of Patents v Rokt Pte Ltd [2020] FCAFC 86 is the most recent in a string of decisions by the Full Court of the Federal Court in which the Court has yet again rejected a computer-implemented invention in this instance a digital advertising system and method as patentable subject matter.
26 May 2020

COVID-19: POBLACIÓN: 10 puntos a considerar en la vuelta al trabajo (España)

A continuación, los principales puntos a tener en cuenta en la vuelta al trabajo por la crisis sanitaria causada por el COVID-19.
22 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Job Retention Scheme (UK)

On 22 May 2020 the UK Government issued a new Direction amending the legal framework for claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We have updated our briefing on the Scheme below to reflect the changes, which are also highlighted in our blog post here .
22 May 2020

Insurance articles for The In-House Lawyer magazine, Spring 2020 edition

The insurance team at Herbert Smith Freehills has contributed two articles to the latest edition of The In-House Lawyer magazine. The articles consider important insurance issues that in-house lawyers should be aware of, especially in the current market.
22 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Update for employers II (Global)

Update for employers: protecting health and safety and preparing for the return to work
22 May 2020

COVID-19: Governance: Holding AGMs during a pandemic (Australia)

We have been assisting a number of clients with contingency planning for their upcoming AGM, in light of recent guidance and emerging market practice.
22 May 2020

COVID-19: Initial responses of certain African countries (Africa)

More than 2 months after the WHO declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic on 11 March 2020, the epicentre of the outbreak has shifted from Asia, where it first appeared in late 2019, to the USA, which still has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. While initial fears were focused on...
22 May 2020

Court of Appeal considers corporation tax deductibility of ‘derecognised’ derivative contracts

In The Union Castle Mail Steamship Company Ltd v HMRC & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 547, the Court of Appeal considered whether corporation tax relief was available for losses arising from the “derecognition” of derivative contracts. This derecognition was required for accounting purposes due to a...
21 May 2020

COVID-19: Governance: practical issues around signing and completion (UK)

Given the current restrictions on interaction which have been imposed by the UK Government and with a large number of people now working from home, it is not always possible to adopt the usual methods for signing and completing deals. We have summarised below some practical points to ensure...