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23 June 2021

Webinar: Anti-Racism and Inclusive Leadership with John Amaechi OBE

Many organisations have made important strides over the past year to challenge racism, both in the workplace and in other walks of life. Yet, there is clearly a long way to go before we reach a turning point in addressing systemic racism.
22 June 2021

Australia’s AI Action Plan: A clear vision for AI in Australia, and the promise of concrete action

Artificial intelligence, in its many forms, is rapidly embedding itself in and transforming many aspects of our everyday lives, often without our knowledge. This means that AI has the potential to fundamentally change how we live for the better — but only if its implications are well understood and...
21 June 2021

EU proposal to address foreign subsidies

On 5 May 2021, the European Commission issued its much anticipated proposed regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the EU market , which we summarised in our earlier blog post .
21 June 2021

Regulatory reform for software-based consumer health products: New regulations provide clarity but can they keep up with the technology?

Mobile health apps and devices (“mHealth”) are a rapidly growing sector of consumer technology. These products are able to measure increasingly complex physiological functions. Recent regulatory reforms clarify that “consumer health products”, including most mHealth products, are not medical...
18 June 2021

When should companies be prosecuted for the acts of employees and third parties?

On 9 June 2021, the HSF London Corporate Crime and Investigations ("CCI") team hosted the launch event for the Law Commission's consultation on what (if any) reform should be proposed to HM Government in relation to the law on corporate criminal liability in England and Wales. This was the first in...
17 June 2021

Amendments to Australian Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Laws have now come into effect

17 June 2021

Amendment of the Transparency Register: How will it affect reporting obligations in Germany and what will the consequences be for companies that fail to comply?

On 9 June 2021, the German Federal Parliament passed the German Transparency Register and Financial Information Act (TraFinG) which, in particular, contains extensive amendments to the German Money Laundering Act (GwG) in connection with the transparency register. The TraFinG will come into force...
17 June 2021

Covid-19 update: restrictions on enforcement extended

Forfeiture: commercial leases At the eleventh hour, and despite previously declaring that it was the final extension, the UK Government has today announced that the current restrictions on landlords being able to forfeit commercial leases for non-payment of rent (which protection was due to expire...
16 June 2021

Catalyst // Webinar Series

As markets move from response to recovery, our focus is shifting too. Looking ahead, we expect the global pandemic to operate as a catalyst, accelerating changes in human behaviour, driving forward scientific and technological advances, and ushering in further digitalisation and some tough choices...
15 June 2021

Emma and Rebekah Talk IP series: Unravelling the issues

In this podcast series, Australian partners Rebekah Gay and Emma Iles explore a variety of topics, issues and areas of intellectual property law.
15 June 2021

ESG issues in the consumer sector: managing class action and regulatory risks

Investors, consumers and other stakeholders increasingly want to hear from consumer sector companies concerning the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of their businesses. However, as more companies begin sharing the positive ESG stories behind their businesses and brands in...
15 June 2021

ASIC’s consultation on regulator guidance closes as financial service and credit licensees prepare for Australia’s breach reporting reforms

In April of this year, we wrote about draft guidance released by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on the significant impending changes to Australia’s breach reporting regime.
15 June 2021

Class Actions Fireside series

EMBRACING THE COOLER WEATHER AS WE HEAD BACK TO THE FIRESIDE!
11 June 2021

ASIC extends Australian financial services licensing exemptions for foreign financial service providers (FFSPs) until 31 March 2023

11 June 2021

Not all’s “fair dealing” in war and Greenpeace: Federal Court confirms limits of the “parody or satire” exception to copyright infringement

The Federal Court’s decision in AGL v Greenpeace 1 confirms that using a corporate logo in activist or protest materials may be permissible under both copyright and trade mark law, but only where that use constitutes a “fair dealing” for the genuine purpose of “parody or satire”. Not all such uses...