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07 September 2020

London International Disputes Week 2020

We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
06 July 2020

Paris Arbitration Week 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) 2020, which takes place between 6 and 10 July 2020.
03 June 2020

US DOJ seeks to stop human rights lawsuits against corporations

In a May 26, 2020 filing , the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that domestic corporations cannot be sued in U.S. courts for alleged human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”).
03 June 2020

COVID-19: Pressure points: E-signing reform in Queensland (Australia)

Queensland has temporarily eased restrictions on the electronic signing of certain documents, allowing: deeds to be signed electronically and without a witness; mortgages (in certain circumstances), general powers of attorney, affidavits, declarations, wills, enduring powers of attorney and advance...
02 June 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: A quick reference tool to help assess the availability of force majeure relief under English law (UK)

The global crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably prompted many commercial parties to reconsider their contractual arrangements, either because they (or a counterparty) are facing difficulties in performing their obligations or because the contract has become uneconomic in light...
02 June 2020


In our penultimate article in our countdown of the most significant risk and compliance issues faced by trust companies, anti-money laundering (AML) is considered the second most significant challenge.
01 June 2020

From our Art Gallery Partners

Please enjoy this special selection of online content from our gallery partners.
01 June 2020

COVID-19 Pressure points: Online sales of pharmaceuticals – now available? (Russia)

In light of the volatile situation with COVID-19, the president of the Russian Federation signed Decree No. 187 dated 17 March 2020 “On Retail Trade of Medicines for Medical Use” (“ Decree No. 187 ”) under which distance selling of over-the-counter (“ OTC ”) medicines is permitted. Following...
01 June 2020

COVID-19: Pressure points: Workplace pensions – 4 cost saving steps for employers (UK)

As the economic impact of Covid-19 and the measures introduced to restrict its spread continues to be felt, many employers are inevitably looking for ways to reduce costs and preserve cash. As far as pensions are concerned, the primary focus to date has been on the scope for employers with defined...
29 May 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: Summary of Key Support And Guidance for Charities and Social Enterprises (UK)

This note sets out a high-level summary of key announcements regarding funding, support, and guidance available for social enterprises and charities as of 29 May 2020. Please note that changes and announcements are made regularly; updates should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
29 May 2020

Class actions fireside series

Join our leading class action experts for an informal discussion as they unpack the headlines, explain the issues and share their views on the latest class action developments.
29 May 2020

Clearer guidance provided: the takeovers panel’s new equity derivatives guidance note

The Takeovers Panel has finally issued its updated guidance on the public disclosure of equity derivatives. This update guidance was published almost a year to the day after the Panel’s public consultation process closed. This article outlines what has changed.
29 May 2020

HKMA publishes report on bank culture self-assessment

On 22 May 2020, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority ( HKMA ) published a report on its review of self-assessments on bank culture. This is part of the HKMA’s bank culture reform supervisory measures, where 30 authorised institutions ( AIs ) were selected in the initial phase to conduct self-...
29 May 2020

COVID-19 exposes M&A risks

Each time our markets experience a major downturn we see bidders trying to extricate themselves from previously announced transactions. If there is a breach of a bid condition, this may be possible, but it typically gives rise to disputes and uncertainty, particularly if the bidder is proceeding...
28 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Post-lockdown issues for employers (UK)

On 11 May 2020 the UK Government published its roadmap for coming out of lockdown, providing for a (conditional) phased return of schools and businesses over the coming months and subject to continuing social distancing requirements. Employers who shut down or reduced their operations at the start...