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07 September 2020

London International Disputes Week 2020

We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
06 July 2020

Paris Arbitration Week 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) 2020, which takes place between 6 and 10 July 2020.
05 May 2020

Alumni: The Grand Reunion - London 2020

We are delighted to invite you to The Grand Reunion: London 2020
02 April 2020

Alumni End of Summer Soirée, Sydney

Herbert Smith Freehills invites our Alumni back home this year, for a reunion to experience an End of Summer Soir ée. Join us for a colourful affair where guests can relax, and catch up with old friends. You'll enjoy a feast of summer delights with a Gelato Messina pop-up, sample Prosecco and...
02 April 2020

3rd Annual GAR Live Construction Disputes

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be a conference supporter.
01 April 2020

COVID-19 People: Real Estate landlord tenants update (Australia)

The shockwaves from the outbreak of COVID-19 are being felt right across the Australian economy – and commercial real estate is no different. Tenants and landlords are facing the prospect of a prolonged reduction in business activity, remote working and even total shutdown – none of which were...
31 March 2020

COVID-19 People: Update for employers (Europe)

This briefing note provides our clients with a practical guide to some of the immediate key issues facing employers across Europe in the context of the current health crisis and details of the financial and support measures available. Our teams are monitoring the legal developments and will be...
31 March 2020


In secured lending transactions, it is common to include a trigger whereby an event of default will occur if a borrower “suspends or ceases to carry on (or threatens to suspend or cease to carry on) all or a material part of its business”. This is consistent with the Loan Market Association (LMA)...
31 March 2020

COVID-19 Pressure Points: Dealing with disruption in the consumer sector – views from China (Global)

China is ahead of other countries in reacting to COVID-19’s impact on the consumer sector. By sharing what we are seeing and experiencing in China, we hope our observations and insights may help industry players around the world deal with the disruption caused by the current challenging situation.
31 March 2020

COVID-19 Global: Webinar series

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant health, social and economic challenges world-wide, forcing governments and businesses to critically assess the impact to their people, operations and governance. We understand that navigating the pace of change, whilst also dealing with immediate issues...
31 March 2020

COVID-19 People: Data Privacy issues (Global)

In these unprecedented times, COVID-19 has forced organisations to quickly put in to place measures with the aim of ensuring both business continuity and the protection of employees. In many instances, this has involved increased processing of health data, in ways that were not envisaged a short...
31 March 2020


The Indonesian Stock Exchange ( IDX ) has implemented new policies to support the markets and capital raisings during the COVID-19 outbreak.
31 March 2020

COVID-19 Pressure Points: Increased scrutiny of foreign investment into Australia in response to COVID-19 impacts (Australia)

On 29 March 2020, in response to the extraordinary economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government announced important temporary changes to Australia’s foreign investment review framework. These changes will have the effect of lowering the monetary screening threshold for...
31 March 2020

COVID-19 Pressure Points: Material Adverse Change conditions take centre stage (Australia)

Difficult situations can pose difficult questions. The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus material adverse change clauses in deals. The context, the condition, and the carve-outs to it, all need to be examined in determining whether a MAC has been triggered.
31 March 2020

COVID-19 Pressure Points: Managing liquidity (UK / EMEA)

The COVID-19 global pandemic is above all else a humanitarian crisis. In response to the rapid spread of the disease, governments around the world are taking unprecedented measures to protect the health of their citizens. As both economic production and consumption contract rapidly, individuals and...