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Legal Briefings | 22 February 2017

Hope isn’t enough: when the investment dream doesn’t come true

If someone makes an investment decision based on your representations on what the future might hold, you may end up liable for the entirety of the investment if that future does not come true.
Legal Briefings | 20 February 2017

Unified Patent Court Agreement (including signatories and ratification)

Establishment of the Unified Patent Court (UPC): The UPC is established via an international agreement: the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) , Council of Europe, 11 January 2013. This is an international agreement/treaty between 25 of the 28 Member States of the European Union setting up...
Legal Briefings | 20 February 2017

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Legal Briefings | 17 February 2017

Data Breach Notification Laws reinforce emphasis on Cyber Security strategies

Companies across Australia must review their corporate governance and cyber security strategies to ensure they meet the increased regulatory burden following the introduction of a new mandatory data breach notification scheme.
Guides | 17 February 2017

Policyholder Insurance Highlights 2016

Read our assessment of the key lessons for insurance policyholders from last year’s top cases.
Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Brexit: Data protection

Data protection is currently regulated in the UK via the Data Protection Act 1998, being the UK implementation of the EU Data Protection Directive 1995. However, the data protection regulatory regime in Europe is in the process of being overhauled. A new European General Data Protection Regulation...
Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Brexit: Pensions

Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Brexit: Disputes

As parties assess changes in the legal, economic and regulatory landscape caused by the UK exit, and the costs and other implications on their contractual relationships, they are more likely to consider the scope for avoiding contractual obligations, such as seeking to rely on a force majeure...
Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Brexit: Employment

The UK vote to leave the EU will lead to considerable uncertainty in the long term from an employment law perspective, because key areas of employment law are derived from EU legislation and so might fall away automatically, be abolished or be amended. It seems very likely, however, that they will...
Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Brexit: Energy regulation

The precise impact of the result of the referendum on the energy sector is unclear at this stage. This is mainly due to the fact that there is a wide range of possible outcomes from post-Brexit negotiations, leading to a number of regulatory and market options for the UK’s relationship with the EU.
Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Brexit: Environment

At least 50% of UK environmental law derives from the EU. It has driven improvements in environmental standards and some sectors welcome a degree of cross-EU regulation and its ability to establish a level playing field amongst competitors in the EU market. It is also an enabler of the EU clean...
Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Brexit: Financial services

The UK exit from the EU is likely to have a significant impact on the financial services sector in the UK. The nature and extent of that impact will depend on the model of EU-UK co-operation adopted as an alternative to EU membership and the nature of the UK’s access to EU markets after the UK’s...
Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Brexit: Intellectual Property

Whatever future relationship the UK has with the rest of the EU, the effect of the Great Repeal Bill, once enacted, will mean that any existing intellectual property law having effect in the UK will continue to apply as it did post-Brexit, although it will be for the UK Government to adapt or amend...
Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Federal Court waxes Lyrica(l) on PBS listing and patent infringement

In a decision handed down yesterday (15 February 2017), the Australian Federal Court held that applying for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing does not exploit a patent.
Legal Briefings | 16 February 2017

Brexit: Financing and Security

The precise impact of Brexit on financing transactions still remains unclear at this stage. The principal issues in focus arise in connection with (i) market volatility; (ii) the effects on English contract law and dispute resolution more generally (which are relatively few); and (iii) the impact...