28 October 2022
Court of Appeal provides guidance on application of Australian proportionate liability legislation to arbitration
A recent decision of the South Australian Court of Appeal, Tesseract International Pty Ltd v Pascale Construction Pty Ltd  SASCA 107 ( Tesseract ), confirmed that the proportionate liability legislation it was required to consider is not available to be applied in an arbitration, unless...
28 October 2022
Should your business worry about Microsoft Teams, Slack (etc) and legal professional privilege? Answer: it depends
More than 400 years after legal professional privilege was established, in August 2013, the word “Slack” entered our lexicon and we learnt about collaboration applications at scale.
27 October 2022
ACCC proposals on regulatory reform for digital platforms expected soon
Digital platforms remain squarely on the agenda of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ( ACCC ), as the five-year Digital Platform Services Inquiry continues, with its biggest report yet due to land any moment.
06 October 2022
Near enough is good enough: Full Federal Court of Australia revisits construction of “about” in patent claim
In the area of patent law, clarity is king. Where precision of language is essential for defining the limits and scope of legal rights, the acceptance within Australia of unbounded terms such as “about” in patent claims (unlike other major jurisdictions such as Europe) seems almost anomalous.
16 September 2022
Raising Capital in Uncertain Times
In this webinar Partners Paul Apathy and Clayton James, with our co-Head of Venture Capital Elizabeth Henderson and special Guest Panel Member Marcus Derwin, Managing Director, R Cubed, reflected on the current market for expansion capital raising and how founders, companies and investors can...
13 September 2022
Supreme Court of NSW clarifies the nature and extent of the duty of care owed by building practitioners: What you need to know
The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) ( DBP Act ) commenced just over two years ago. A significant feature of the DBP Act is the statutory duty of care it created, which provides that persons who carry out construction work have a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid economic...
12 September 2022
Calling all shareholders: Australian Court rejects CEO’s call script for a scheme of arrangement
An Australian Court has refused to allow one-on-one communications initiated by a CEO to shareholders in respect of a scheme of arrangement, despite the proposed use of a script for the call.
12 September 2022
Virtus 03: On market acquisitions during a bid
The Australian Takeovers Panel in Virtus 03 addressed the lack of clarity regarding the steps a bidder should take in relation to an on-market acquisition of shares at a price different from the bid price – should the precise price be disclosed to the market prior to making such acquisition, or not?
25 November 2022
A new normal: data governance and internal stakeholder alignment
Building a robust data governance and privacy compliance regime requires strategic planning and meaningful business buy-in. As the spotlight on data governance intensifies, legal leaders across all industries are evaluating best practices.
16 November 2022
On Just Terms Podcast Series
Australia is a litigious country - we meet with Australia's leading legal and commercial minds to discuss how to manage the corporate risk landscape. Join host Jason Betts, Disputes Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, as he interviews the people on the front lines of this changing environment.
14 November 2022
Term SOFR in USD loans
There has been a divergence in the international market in the rate which will replace USD LIBOR when it is discontinued at the end of June next year. Given the significant investment in systems to calculate compounded in arrear near risk-free rates (RFRs) and market familiarity with those rates in...