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12 November 2018

The Sale of Land Act is set to change – here’s what you need to know

The Victorian Parliament has recently introduced a new bill which plans to restrict the use of sunset clauses in residential off the plan contracts, prohibit certain rent-to-buy agreements and terms contracts and altering the offence provisions for vendor disclosure obligations. If passed, the Bill...
12 November 2018

Real Estate: what developers need to know about the rising trend of short stay accommodation

The Victorian Parliament recently passed legislation to regulate short-term accommodation arrangements in apartments that are governed by owners corporations. The legislation will come into effect in February 2019. In summary, the legislation now gives power to the owners corporations and affected...
09 November 2018

ACCC to up the ante in consumer protection matters

The ACCC recently released its Annual Report for the 2017/2018 financial year. 1 As well as looking back at the ACCC’s performance over the year, for companies operating in the consumer and retail sectors, it also provides useful insights into where the ACCC is heading in the area of consumer...
09 November 2018

What’s the damage? – The Federal Court’s decision in Sigma v Wyeth

Justice Jagot’s recent decision (of more than 400 pages) in Sigma v Wyeth 1 is an Australian first. The judgment considers the damages payable pursuant to an undertaking given for the grant of an interlocutory injunction in a pharmaceutical patent case.
09 November 2018

Budget 2018 – Supporting Social Impact Innovation?

08 November 2018

European Union: Merger Control

08 November 2018

Second Wave of United States Sanctions Against Iran Re-Imposed

Following President Trump’s decision on May 8, 2018 to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), the US government announced that it would re-impose pre-JCPOA nuclear-related Iran sanctions (both primary and secondary) that were lifted under the JCPOA. As we...
08 November 2018

Personalised Health and The Future of Pharma

Growing social and political pressures combined with disruptive technologies and scientific innovation are changing the way pharma companies do business.
06 November 2018

China Cybersecurity and Data Protection: A round up of recent developments - October 2018

October has seen new data protection regulations issued by the health and securities authorities with an impact on companies in relevant sectors. National laws on personal information protection and data security are formally included in the legislative plan, which would provide for a comprehensive...
02 November 2018

Casting the regulatory net over virtual assets – new regulation in Hong Kong for crypto fund managers, fund distributors and trading platforms

Yesterday, the Securities and Futures Commission ( SFC ) published a statement ( Statement ), together with a press release , setting out its new regulatory framework for virtual assets (also known as cryptocurrencies, crypto-assets and digital tokens).
01 November 2018

Industrial Relations and Enterprise Bargaining Essentials - Canberra

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 the enterprise bargaining regime has proven to be a challenge for most employers, including Public Sector Departments and agencies.
31 October 2018

Big MAC bites: the Akorn v Fresenius decision

The Delaware Court of Chancery has recently handed down a decision enforcing a material adverse change ( MAC ) clause in a Merger Agreement, holding that the bidder validly terminated the Merger Agreement.
31 October 2018

Autumn Budget 2018

In this briefing we attempt to provide some insight into a number of the fiscal measures announced by the Chancellor in Monday's Budget Speech. Readers who are interested in a summary of the new measures announced on Monday may wish to review the summary provided by the Treasury, which can be found...
30 October 2018

Employment class actions threaten to disrupt employers and unions alike

Over the past decade at least, many businesses have become alert to the burgeoning trend of class action law suits in Australia. Class actions, for example, have been commonly used to litigate shareholder actions and product liability claims. But until recently, they have been rarely used in the...
30 October 2018

CEO Mark Rigotti on how legal operations will enable better and more innovative client service delivery