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28 October 2021

Tools down: a review of modern slavery obligations in the construction sector

The term "modern slavery" covers a range of serious human rights violations, including human trafficking, slavery, forced labour, debt bondage, and the worst forms of child labour. Some may assume that such grave offences could only occur in the most extreme circumstances, perhaps in developing...
25 October 2021

The final Senate report on Australia as a tech and finance hub – An opportunity missed

The Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre produced its Final Report on 20 October 2021 which supplements its recommendations in its first two interim reports. For the Committee’s recommendations in its second interim report, see our Article available here .
21 October 2021

Amending legacy contracts: how to cater for near risk-free rates

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has published an article in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law on amending legacy loan agreements to replace LIBOR with near risk-free rates.
21 October 2021

Australian Consumer Law - 10 Years Old and Really Growing Up

During this session our diverse group of panellists, including representatives from the ACCC, Telstra and Choice, explored the impact of the ACL on corporate Australia, the role of enforcement as compared to other forms of regulatory persuasion, the management of ACL risks within a large...
19 October 2021

Biannual Banking Litigation Update - Autumn 2021

The Autumn 2021 edition of our biannual Banking Litigation Update highlights a number of the most important cases and developments affecting UK financial institutions over the past six months.
18 October 2021

Public Law Project: Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference 2021

We are delighted to be supporting the Public Law Project again in running its annual Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference. This year the conference will take place as a week of online seminars on the theme of 'accountability and the constitution'.
08 October 2021

Onwards and Upwards: In celebration of Black History Month

Making the time and effort to understand each other's lived experiences is an important part of our commitment to building a more inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive. Capturing these experiences through the eyes of colleagues enables us to collectively take another step towards a society...
06 October 2021

Webinar: Cross-border restructurings: how UK schemes may benefit businesses in Asia Pacific

Jurisdictions across the globe have sought to expand their restructuring toolkits – spurred on by Governments seeking to support business during the pandemic. This has had a significant impact on the options available when restructuring business in Asia Pacific.
06 October 2021

Taking the Floor: Government proposes to legislate a recovery presumption for funded class action group members

On 30 September 2021, the Department of Treasury opened consultation on new laws which, if enacted in their proposed form, will introduce new hurdles for litigation funders intended to ensure fairer returns for group members in future funded class actions.
05 October 2021

Government planning significant extension to UK's pensions notifiable events regime for corporates

The government has confirmed it plans to make long-anticipated changes to the UK's pensions notifiable events regime. The changes, first floated in 2018 and now confirmed (subject to consultation), are almost certain to mean that corporates will be required to give the Pensions Regulator and...
05 October 2021

Delivering Alternative Excellence

Fresh from scooping the title of Alternative Service Provider of the Year at the recently held African Legal Awards, Vanessa Kingsmill and Naseem Ameer-Mia of Herbert Smith Freehills chatted to Africa Legal’s Tom Pearson about their recipe for success.
05 October 2021

Parliamentary intelligence body backs two-step adoption for Australia's new critical infrastructure bill

On 29 September, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security ( PJCIS ) published its advisory report on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. 1
04 October 2021

Herbert Smith Freehills launches 1000-student online digital law course

As technologies like blockchain and AI tighten their grip on the modern economy, Herbert Smith Freehills offers three, online primers to usher students into the pioneering field of digital law.
04 October 2021

Cartel Intel: Interview with Bo Vesterdorf, former President of the EU General Court

In advance of the next edition of Cartel Intel , our quarterly update on key EMEA cartel developments, Daniel Vowden (Partner, Brussels) had the great privilege of discussing important recent EU legal developments with Bo Vesterdorf , formerly a judge at and the President of the EU General Court (...
01 October 2021

New pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions now in force

From today, directors, lenders, investors and other parties to corporate activity which may jeopardise the interests of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme face the spectre of criminal prosecution. The new pensions criminal offences and other regulatory sanctions which come into force today are...