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01 February 2019

Client Academy India

We are very proud to host our inaugural flagship event, the Client Academy India. This event, which will take place in Mumbai at the beginning of 2019, is aimed at bringing together a select group of the most senior legal advisers from major organisations across India for a full day programme...
13 December 2018

Computer-implemented advertising method can rock on

Over recent years there has been doubt about the extent to which computer-implemented business methods and processes could be the proper subject of patent protection. Justice Robertson’s much anticipated decision in Rokt Pte Ltd v Commissioner of Patents 1 this week provides needed clarity on the...
13 December 2018

Are you ready for the new lease standards under IFRS 16?

CHANGES IN A NUTSHELL From 1 January 2019, a new IFRS 16 standard, which was published by the International Accounting Standards Board in January 2016, comes into force. It will profoundly change the accounting treatment of leases by requiring companies to bring most leases on-balance sheet. The...
13 December 2018

The View from Brussels – Comments on various "Plans B"

The negotiated withdrawal deal comprising a legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and a Political Declaration on future relations is facing significant opposition in the UK and is now unlikely to be submitted for parliamentary approval before January. The situation is confused and expressions of...
12 December 2018

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Maia Financial on a new A$100,000,000 asset finance fund

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Maia Financial on the establishment of a new A$100,000,000 specialised fund that will allow Maia Financial to provide its Australian and New Zealand clients with an alternative source of asset finance.
11 December 2018

Class actions in England and Wales: Data protection and privacy

Upcoming event: Tuesday 11 December 2018 12.30 - 1.30pm GMT
11 December 2018

Top 10 Australian M&A predictions for 2019

Our annual Top 10 Australian M&A predictions for the coming year are set out below. We also look back at how accurate last year’s predictions turned out to be.
11 December 2018

The Assistance and Access Act 2018: The Crypto Wars’ final act for 2018

On 6 December 2018 — the last sitting day of Parliament of the year — the Federal Government passed the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (Cth), which received Royal Assent earlier this week (the Act ).
11 December 2018

M&A Podcast: Episodes 1-11 now available

On the new Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast channel, our experts discuss mergers and acquisitions issues in Australia.
11 December 2018

ACCC Inquiry into Digital Platforms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ( ACCC ) has conducted a broad-reaching inquiry to consider the impact of digital platforms – particularly Google and Facebook – on consumers, advertisers and the media. The ACCC’s Preliminary Report makes 11 preliminary recommendations across...
11 December 2018


On our 28 November 2018 Brexit webinar, we were delighted to be joined by Daniel Finkelstein OBE to share with us his thoughts on the current status of the Brexit negotiations. Daniel is an Associate Editor and weekly columnist for the Times newspaper, a member of the House of Lords since 2013 and...
11 December 2018

Patent and Pharma Update, December 2018

Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector This issue reports on several ground-breaking decisions from the UK courts on second medical use patents and skinny labels, infringement by equivalents and the possibility of global FRAND...
10 December 2018

Madrid video updates: Sanciones internacionales contra Irán

07 December 2018

Insuring against cyber threats going into 2019

Cyber remains a very hot topic for all businesses, including in the mining sector. As projects become more automated, the potential for cyber disruption increases. Equally the controls and/or safety systems for a project may be some distance from the project itself, creating risks across a wider...
07 December 2018

Increasing the cost of construction in the resources sector – Navigating the Building and Construction Industry Training Levy Amendment

As of 1 October 2018, amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund and Levy Collection Regulations 1991 (WA) ( Regulations ) came into operation. The amendments repealed the previous exemption for mining construction works, with the effect that a broad range of mining and...