04 December 2019
Online harmful content: the race to regulate
The decentralised, global internet has democratised many facets of everyday life, and consequently has allowed everyday citizens, extremists and everyone in between to share their views. The consequential proliferation of online harmful content meant some form of regulation was inevitable. However...
04 December 2019
Tech Regulation Series: The End of Permissionless Innovation?
The tech regulatory landscape is changing rapidly. It is complex and fragmented, both globally and by subject matter, making it difficult for technology providers to navigate. Almost weekly there are new headlines warning of risks and perils of ‘big tech’ and misuse of data. Now, more than ever, it...
22 October 2019
2019 Global Bank Review
The 2019 edition of our Global Bank Review: The Data Game , explores the rapid growth of data as one of the most significant developments in the banking sector. That being the case, we are still only at the beginning of the data journey and its impact in the next decade or two will be even more...
10 October 2019
Are you prepared? The board’s role in crisis management
With the ever-increasing growth in the number and potential magnitude of cyber, technological and operational risks to financial services entities, boards need to be prepared to respond to these types of crisis and ensure that the entity’s critical information assets are appropriately secured.
29 August 2018
Herbert Smith Freehills, Data61 and IBM create consortium to deliver smart legal contracts on blockchain to Australian businesses
The Australian National Blockchain will help create a new technology platform to securely and transparently manage legal agreements. Herbert Smith Freehills, CSIRO’s Data61, and IBM have formed a consortium to build Australia’s first cross-industry, large-scale, digital platform to enable...
03 October 2017
European Energy Handbook 2017
Welcome to the 2017 edition of European Energy Handbook! This year's edition provides a legal framework of the energy sector in each jurisdiction, covering the structure and design of the gas and electricity industries, the regulations governing them, as well as existing and planned projects such...
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...
26 May 2020
Australian Federal Government eases continuous disclosure rules
Yesterday, the Australian Federal Government modified the continuous disclosure provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ( Corporations Act ) in an effort to provide temporary relief to companies and officers for a six month period from today.
26 May 2020
Has the Full Court 'Rokt' the boat
Commissioner of Patents v Rokt Pte Ltd  FCAFC 86 is the most recent in a string of decisions by the Full Court of the Federal Court in which the Court has yet again rejected a computer-implemented invention in this instance a digital advertising system and method as patentable subject matter.
22 May 2020
Insurance articles for The In-House Lawyer magazine, Spring 2020 edition
The insurance team at Herbert Smith Freehills has contributed two articles to the latest edition of The In-House Lawyer magazine. The articles consider important insurance issues that in-house lawyers should be aware of, especially in the current market.
21 May 2020
COVID-19: Governance: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill – major insolvency reforms proposed (UK)
The Government on 20 May 2020 published the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, which contains the most far-reaching reforms to UK insolvency law in over 30 years. The Bill has been introduced on an emergency basis in an attempt to ensure that otherwise financially viable companies survive...
21 May 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: foreign direct investment regulation – drawbridges continue to rise in response to the pandemic (Global)
Foreign direct investment (“ FDI ”) regulation has featured increasingly on the radar for cross-border M&A, against a backdrop of amplified protectionist rhetoric. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of countries which have traditionally been seen as open to foreign investment were...
21 May 2020
COVID-19: Governance: practical issues around signing and completion (UK)
Given the current restrictions on interaction which have been imposed by the UK Government and with a large number of people now working from home, it is not always possible to adopt the usual methods for signing and completing deals. We have summarised below some practical points to ensure...
20 May 2020
COVID-19: People: Job Retention Scheme and Pensions (UK)
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS"), announced on 20 March 2020 and opened for claims on 20 April, has now been extended for the second time. Originally due to end on 31 May, then 30 June, the Chancellor announced on 12 May that it will remain in place and available to all sectors through...