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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.
04 June 2020

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. On 29 May 2020 the Chancellor announced that partial furlough would be permitted from July and that employers would be required to shoulder some of the...
04 June 2020

COVID 19: Pressure Points: Operational disruption in financial services in the age of COVID-19 (Australia)

This article is the second in a series by our financial services team which will explore the practical implications of COVID-19 on the financial services industry and our client’s businesses.
04 June 2020

Webinar: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces

On 5 March 2020, the Australian Human Rights Commission released its fourth national survey on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. The report has wide-ranging implications for employers - from a policy perspective and what it means to the culture of the workplace.
04 June 2020

Webinar: Mind Your Head! What I Wish I’d Known about Anxiety, Depression and Wellbeing

Andrew Wells is a Senior Associate specialising in Intellectual Property in our London Disputes team. During this session Andrew generously draws on his personal experience of anxiety and depression to offer his insights and thoughts on what we can do as individuals to combat mental ill health,...
03 June 2020

US DOJ seeks to stop human rights lawsuits against corporations

In a May 26, 2020 filing , the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that domestic corporations cannot be sued in U.S. courts for alleged human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”).
03 June 2020

COVID-19: Pressure points: E-signing reform in Queensland (Australia)

Queensland has temporarily eased restrictions on the electronic signing of certain documents, allowing: deeds to be signed electronically and without a witness; mortgages (in certain circumstances), general powers of attorney, affidavits, declarations, wills, enduring powers of attorney and advance...
03 June 2020

High Court offers sympathy but no remedy to trustee facing unexpected tax bill

In Mackay v Wesley [2020] EWHC 1215 (Ch), the Claimant, who was instructed by her father to become a trustee of a family trust as part of a tax scheme, failed to obtain from the High Court (1) an order rescinding her appointment as trustee and/or (2) a declaration that she never became a trustee...
02 June 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: A quick reference tool to help assess the availability of force majeure relief under English law (UK)

The global crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably prompted many commercial parties to reconsider their contractual arrangements, either because they (or a counterparty) are facing difficulties in performing their obligations or because the contract has become uneconomic in light...
02 June 2020


In our penultimate article in our countdown of the most significant risk and compliance issues faced by trust companies, anti-money laundering (AML) is considered the second most significant challenge.
02 June 2020

SEC Adopts Amendments Regarding Financial Disclosures about Acquisitions and Dispositions of Businesses

On 21 May 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced the adoption of amendments to its requirements for the disclosure of financial statements relating to acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, including disclosure of related pro forma financial information. The...
02 June 2020

General Court Landmark Ruling in Three/O2 Commission Prohibition

On 28 May 2020 the General Court handed down its ruling in CK Telecoms UK Investment Ltd v European Commission (Case T-399/16) in which it annulled the EU Commission’s decision which prohibited the proposed acquisition by CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd (Hutchison) of Telefónica Europe plc (O2). The...
01 June 2020

COVID-19: Pressure points: Workplace pensions – 4 cost saving steps for employers (UK)

As the economic impact of Covid-19 and the measures introduced to restrict its spread continues to be felt, many employers are inevitably looking for ways to reduce costs and preserve cash. As far as pensions are concerned, the primary focus to date has been on the scope for employers with defined...
01 June 2020

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