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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...
08 July 2020

Significant changes imminent in Queensland for resource authorities holders and large scale mining leases

On 25 May 2020, the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Qld) (Amendment Act) was granted assent by the Queensland Governor. The changes under the Amendment Act will commence on a date yet to be proclaimed by the Governor.
08 July 2020

Exploring Opportunities: Acquiring IP assets in a changing world (Global)

As governments around the world take the first tentative steps to ease lockdown measures, people and businesses are beginning to focus on a return to work or at least a resumption of more normal business processes. However, it is clear that a large number of businesses, sadly, will not survive in...
07 July 2020

Governance: Key considerations for effectively managing remuneration arrangements during the pandemic (Australia)

One of the many issues companies are facing in light of the Covid-19 pandemic is how best to appropriately remunerate, incentivise and retain employee and executive talent as the pandemic continues to unfold. This article sets out five key issues for listed companies and their remuneration...
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 July 2020

Pressure Points: Key actions checklists for trustees and sponsors of DB schemes (UK) - Updated

Current events related to Covid-19 and the related economic impact are raising a number of time critical issues that sponsors and trustees of defined benefit schemes need to address. To help with this, we have created checklists (based on our experience advising clients to date) which summarise the...
03 July 2020

People: Key actions checklists for trustees and employers of DC schemes (UK) - Updated

Current events related to Covid-19 and the related economic impact are raising a number of time critical pensions-related issues that employers with defined contribution (DC) schemes and trustees of such schemes need to address. To help with this, we have created checklists (based on our experience...
03 July 2020

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. Most businesses and venues (except for certain close contact...
02 July 2020

Foreign Investment: Rising Tides of Politics in Regulation - Updated Report

We are delighted to share with you our newly updated report on Foreign Investment: Rising Tides of Politics in Regulation, which reflects a swathe of recent changes to Foreign Direct Investment ( FDI ) regimes around the world against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.
02 July 2020

Woolworths spam receives unwelcome attention

The Australian Communications and Media Authority ( ACMA ) reported on the 2 July that Woolworths Group Limited has paid a million-dollar infringement notice and agreed to a court-enforceable undertaking in response to breaches of spam laws. The infringement notice for $1,003,800 is the largest...
02 July 2020

Pressure points: Trustees beware – Changes to UK insolvency regime are now in force (UK)

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 received Royal Assent and is now in force. The Act contains the most far-reaching reforms to UK insolvency law in over 30 years. The Act has been introduced on an emergency basis in an attempt to ensure that otherwise financially viable companies...
01 July 2020

People: Job Retention Scheme and Pensions (UK)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS"), opened for claims on 20 April. 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 to the end of October 2020. New rules, which will apply from 1 July 2020...
01 July 2020

Pressure Points: Corporate real estate: a post-Covid-19 perspective (UK)

Revival signs in real estate M&A The Covid-19 pandemic caused a noticeable slowdown in real estate M&A activity. Despite this, there are early signs in the market of a bounce back. Opportunistic/strategic deals are still completing and many investors have capital reserves ready to be...
30 June 2020

Australian small business payment times reporting bill – what you need to know

30 June 2020

Saving millions of shareholder dollars and forests of trees is easier than you think

How often do those of us in M&A and in-house legal and company secretariat teams have an opportunity to save trees and millions of shareholder dollars? The recent temporary changes to the Corporations Act in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 facilitate this by allowing notices of...