19 August 2021
The IPCC 2021 Climate Change Report – An Overview
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its 2021 AR6 climate change report (Report), as well as a summary for policy leaders. The Report addresses the current understanding of the climate system and climate change as well as the future possibilities of what...
17 August 2021
Fit for 55 – EU proposes energy taxation overhaul to meet its climate reduction targets
As part of the European Green Deal and the Fit for 55 legislative package, the European Commission introduced in July 2021 a legislative proposal for a recast of the Energy Taxation Directive. The amendments are intended to assist the EU in meeting its climate policy objectives, including the 55%...
12 August 2021
Fit for 55 – EU paves the road for stronger emissions standards for cars and vans
On 14 July 2021, as part of its 'fit for 55' package of policies to combat climate change (which we reported on here ), the EU has proposed new legislation to strengthen CO 2 emissions standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The new measures are intended to amend the current...
11 June 2021
Bank of England launches Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario
On Tuesday 8 June, the Bank of England launched its Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario ( BES ), a stress-testing exercise on the financial risks from climate change. While the regulator's rhetoric may sound like a call to arms, the BES hopes to understand the issues the financial system faces to...
21 October 2021
UK National Security and Investment Act 2021: what do investors need to know?
This is an updated version of our briefing published on 30 April 2021 On 29 April 2021 the UK National Security and Investment (NSI) Bill received Royal Assent. The NSI Act 2021 introduces significant legislative reforms which will overhaul the review of transactions and investments on national...
20 October 2021
Video series: watch key insights shared on the Future of Work
18 months of upheaval in the shape of the pandemic has led to big questions for employers across the globe – many are still unsure how to answer. To support the launch of our flagship Future of Work [link] report, this video series offers digestible highlights across a range of topics including...
20 October 2021
The View from Brussels: Are we headed for a UK-EU Trade War?
The dispute over the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to the UK Withdrawal Agreement is proving hard to implement. The European Parliament Research Service has produced a useful summary . The UK government has even suggested reneging on it but pulled...
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'.
18 October 2021
Views on an evolving automotive industry - Using trade secrets to protect innovation
With the emergence of new technologies and innovation, such as connected autonomous vehicles and EVs, the use of trade secrets has grown in importance due to the immediacy of the protection trade secrets law offers offer and its ability to cover all types of information.
12 October 2021
The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast
In this podcast Steven Jacobs is joined by industry insider guests to discuss current issues in gambling law, sports law, and digital law. Their conversations focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling and sports laws past and present, and delve into the digital law space to cover topics...
11 October 2021
Cartel Intel – updates from our EMEA network
In this fourth edition of our quarterly update on key EMEA cartel developments, we are pleased to open with a short interview with Bo Vesterdorf , formerly a judge at and the President of the EU General Court and now a senior consultant with HSF. In the interview, Brussels Partner Daniel Vowden has...
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...