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10 May 2021

London International Disputes Week 2021

London International Disputes Week 2021 (LIDW21) comes at a significant period for the UK legal sector, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, post-Brexit and amid an uncertain global political environment.
21 April 2021

Business and Human Rights: a (r)evolution of the law?

Over the last decade, the law on business and human rights has shifted considerably. Instruments calling on businesses to respect human rights have traditionally been understood as non-binding “soft” law, but are now being given teeth, resulting in businesses increasingly being held to account for...
19 April 2021

The Biden Infrastructure Plan

United States President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his administration recently made proposals concerning approximately US$2.3 trillion in government funds to be devoted to infrastructure-related projects in the United States. This is referred to as the Biden Infrastructure Plan, or formally, the “...
16 April 2021

Update: On 15 April 2021 the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has ruled the Berlin Rent Cap (Berliner Mietendeckel) to be void in its Entirety

With yesterday´s ruling, the Second Senate of the German Federal Constitutional Court (Court) declared the law of the State of Berlin on rent limitation on residential properties in Berlin (Berlin Rent Cap) to be unconstitutional and therefore void in its entirety.
15 April 2021

Routes and obstacles to a second Scottish independence referendum

At the time, the 2014 referendum was seen as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to settle the question: “ Should Scotland be an independent country”. The No-vote won by 55% to 45%. However, as we approach the 2021 Scottish Parliament election on 6 May, the debate around a second referendum is...
14 April 2021

ADGM introduces regulations governing SPVs and foundations

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”) has introduced a regulatory framework governing the appointment of Company Service Providers (“CSPs”) by special purpose vehicles (“SPVs”) and foundations.
13 April 2021

Pharmaceutical patent term extensions: federal court hears challenge to “absurd” Australian patent office ruling

Two major pharmaceutical companies have challenged Australia’s Commissioner of Patents in the Federal Court about the time limits within which an application can be made to extend a patent term.
13 April 2021

Fintech: Latest UK Legal and Regulatory Trends

We’re known in this country not just for our openness – but our ingenuity and inventiveness, too. We are building on our existing strengths as a leading global destination to start, grow and invest in Fintech.
12 April 2021

The Future of Consumer – 2021 APAC predictions

2020 presented a number of significant challenges with Covid-19 accelerating some of the existing trends in the consumer sector – and we expect to see these issues driving some real turning points in 2021, as our Asia-Pacific Consumer team will explore in this series. Trust continues to be a major...
12 April 2021

The Future of Consumer Series

It is an exciting time for The Future of Consumer with the opportunities from innovation and technology, yet constant pressure to keep pace with regulatory intervention and change; disruptive technologies; and business model adaptations. The Future of Consumer series tackles a range of issues to...
09 April 2021

Africa Construction Law Week

About the Virtual Conference: 9th to 15th April 2021
09 April 2021

Class Actions Poolside series

08 April 2021

Real estate transfer tax (“RETT”) reform likely to be implemented on short notice

The German RETT reform is gaining momentum and an updated draft bill is contemplated to be voted on by the German parliament as early as mid-April. While a draft bill has not yet been published, with a few exceptions, the new rules are expected to be largely similar to a previous draft published in...
31 March 2021

Japan-Australia M&A: 2020 Review and Future Trends

This is our fourth annual review of Japan-Australia M&A transactions and prevailing the trends driving cross-border investment.
31 March 2021

The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast on gambling law

This podcast, hosted by Steven Jacobs , will focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling laws past and present, telling the stories of the people affected by this sometimes-impenetrable and often-changing landscape, and providing insight on what will come next.