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Webinars | 26 June 2018

Claims by trustees against professional advisers

Upcoming event: Tuesday 26 June 2018 9..30am - 10.30am BST; 4.30pm -5.30pm HKT/SGT
Audio and Video | 15 June 2018

Madrid video updates: El papel del seguro en los grandes proyectos de ingeniería

Audio and Video | 15 June 2018

PODCAST: Is Cyber Security only a priority once you've been attacked?

The topic of cyber security is a mainstay of our modern technological age and the question of if an organisation will face an attack on its digital assets is now a question of when. Our cyber security Partner, Andrew Moir, joins experts from EY and IBM to delve into the achievable steps boards can...
Legal Briefings | 15 June 2018

Heightened Risk? Resource nationalism on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa

The seemingly increasing trend towards nationalist thinking, combined with and likely driven by growing economic inequality, has resulted in several changes in mining and tax legislation in sub-Saharan Africa countries.
Legal Briefings | 14 June 2018

Flawed mining bill must be replaced by a more investor-friendly version

Among changes needed, administrative discretion should be narrowed and time-frames for decisions tightened.
Legal Briefings | 14 June 2018

Brexit 'The view from Brussels' – developments in June

The Brexit debate often looks different when viewed from Brussels rather than from London. That Brussels perspective however is important for businesses to keep in mind and therefore we publish a monthly view from our Brussels office on recent developments and the state of the negotiations. In this...
Legal Briefings | 13 June 2018

UKSC judgment in Cartier – who pays for website blocking orders?

In a blow for rights-holders, the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) has today decided that ISPs should not bear the implementation costs for website blocking orders in Cartier International AG and others v British Telecommunications Plc and another [2018] UKSC 28 . Whilst the UKSC has endorsed the...
Legal Briefings | 12 June 2018

Climate Change Bill - Summary and content

On 8 June 2018 the Minister of Environmental Affairs published the Climate Change Bill (“ the Bill ”) for public comment. The Bill provides a framework for climate change regulation in South Africa aimed at governing South Africa’s sustainable transition to a climate resilient, low carbon economy...
Legal Briefings | 12 June 2018

Qld rehab reforms roll on with potential impacts for liquidators

As the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018 (Qld) ( FP Bill ) continues to await debate in Queensland Parliament, the timeline for the commencement of the reforms is uncertain.
Legal Briefings | 08 June 2018

New legislation encourages employers to proactively address historic SG shortfalls

The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services has announced a proposed 12 month Superannuation Guarantee ( SG ) amnesty to incentivise employers to voluntarily address past SG non-compliance.
Legal Briefings | 08 June 2018

Internal Investigations and Privilege

Recent case law highlights the difficulties with maintaining claims of privilege over documents created during companies' internal investigations. There are various steps companies can take to seek to address these difficulties.
Legal Briefings | 08 June 2018

Hong Kong Government denies that new laws are needed to tackle modern slavery

In a previous post , we reported on a proposal by Hong Kong Legislative Councillors Dennis Kwok and Kenneth Leung that Hong Kong adopt new legislation on Modern Slavery, modelled on the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Events | 06 June 2018

Markfest: An evening of trade marks

Herbert Smith Freehills would like to invite you to an evening event focussing on recent developments in trade mark law. Please join us to hear from a number of leading speakers on trade mark issues affecting brand owners in the UK.
Legal Briefings | 06 June 2018

Can humour diffuse risk in comparative advertising?

Comparative advertising is generally considered effective but high risk. It is high risk because the party being compared unfavourably may take umbrage and is more likely to challenge, plus the Courts generally expect particular care to be taken in such comparisons. The recent decision of Telstra v...
Legal Briefings | 05 June 2018

Corporate crime update, May 2018

Welcome to the May 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Below we provide a brief overview of what is covered in each update. Click...