13 September 2022
Supreme Court of NSW clarifies the nature and extent of the duty of care owed by building practitioners: What you need to know
The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) ( DBP Act ) commenced just over two years ago. A significant feature of the DBP Act is the statutory duty of care it created, which provides that persons who carry out construction work have a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid economic...
27 July 2020
The Prevention Principle – An irreproachable concept?
We recently spoke with Thomas Lazur of Keating Chambers on the "prevention principle." Our discussion can be listened to here , and this article supplements that discussion and considers further some of the key points raised during our conversation.
10 December 2019
The ACCC pilots its first ‘effect test’ in misuse of market power proceedings
On 6 December 2019, the ACCC launched its first enforcement proceedings under the new ‘effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power. The proceedings will provide much needed guidance as to how the much-debated ‘effects test’ will apply to unilateral conduct. It is noteworthy that the two...
07 June 2019
NSW security of payment reform update: what you need to know
In November 2018, significant amendments to NSW’s security of payment legislation, the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (the Act ) passed into law. 1 Our previous article described those amendments.
08 April 2019
NSWCA highlights 'med-arb' pitfalls
The New South Wales Court of Appeal has recently affirmed the importance of strict compliance with legislative requirements when arbitrators seek to assume the role of mediator during the course of arbitration proceedings – otherwise known as ‘med-arb’. 1
28 November 2018
London Construction and Infrastructure Disputes Group authors chapter in GAR Guide to Construction Arbitration
London-based Construction & Infrastructure Disputes partners James Doe and David Nitek have authored the chapter on 'Construction Arbitration and Turnkey Projects' in the second edition of Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Construction Arbitration .
06 December 2017
CJEU ruling in Coty – greater online protection for luxury goods suppliers
In its hotly anticipated ruling in the Coty case , the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has held today that, in the context of a selective distribution system, a restriction imposed on an authorised retailer not to sell the goods through online third-party platforms does not infringe Article 101(1...
18 October 2017
UK Government consults on proposals to expand national security review of foreign investments beyond current merger control regime
On 17 October 2017 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy ( BEIS ) published its long-awaited Green Paper National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review for consultation. The Green Paper contains proposals to extend the UK merger control public interest intervention...
06 October 2017
Reform of French Securitisation Law and Creation of Specialised Financing Vehicles
The reform of the French securitisation legislation announced by the Government throughout the implementation of 'Sapin 2 Law' has been published on 5 October 2017. This reform is coupled with the introduction into French law of specialized financing vehicles and a new reform of the banking...
25 May 2017
Good news for EPC contractors in the Australian market: Developments and trends in security of payment legislation
In Australia, both State and Federal governments have acknowledged the need to improve security of payment for EPC contractors and subcontractors. The consequent regulatory and legislative changes stand to benefit EPC contractors looking to enter the Australian market, but they must familiarise...
10 October 2022
HSF PROUD GOLD SPONSORS AT THE LONDON CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL LAW: 10-11 OCTOBER 2022
The London Conference on International Law will be taking place at the QEII Centre, London, on Monday 10 October and Tuesday 11 October 2022. This year’s conference will focus on ‘States in Emergency – International Law at a Time of Reckoning’ .
06 October 2022
Near enough is good enough: Full Federal Court of Australia revisits construction of “about” in patent claim
In the area of patent law, clarity is king. Where precision of language is essential for defining the limits and scope of legal rights, the acceptance within Australia of unbounded terms such as “about” in patent claims (unlike other major jurisdictions such as Europe) seems almost anomalous.
30 September 2022
Latest developments - Creating a National Anti-Corruption Commission: What does it mean for business?
On 28 September 2022, the Australian Labor Party introduced the National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022 to federal parliament, fulfilling one of its key promises from the federal election earlier this year.
29 September 2022
Africa’s competitive edge as a clean hydrogen hub
The following article by Nina Bowyer, a partner based in our Paris office and the co-Head of the firm’s Africa Practice Group, and Barbara McNulty, an associate based in our London office, was first published by Africa Oil Week (AOW) ahead of AOW 2022, taking place in Cape Town in October 2022...
28 September 2022
Trust Companies Survey 2022: ESG and Trusts
ESG is one of the most common phrases we hear these days in investing circles and trusts and trustees are not untouched by the increasing focus on Environmental, Social and Governance investment criteria. However, trustees may not feel as free as private individuals to apply ESG screens to their...
21 September 2022
The EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation: Substantive Assessment Issues and Open Questions
The EU Institutions have now reached agreement in relation to the new Foreign Subsidies Regulation, a potentially far-reaching instrument that effectively creates a new subsidy control regime for non-EU subsidies affecting the EU's internal market.
21 September 2022
The third age looms – Why impact will shape the next generation of sustainable finance
Although one of the most touted investment trends, impact investing remains plagued by misconceptions and regulatory confusion. We look back over the three eras of sustainable investing and argue impact will unlock a new ambition for progressive finance.
20 September 2022
Japan Publishes Guidelines on Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence
On 13 September 2022, the Japanese government ( Government ) published its Guidelines on Respecting Human Rights in Responsible Supply Chains ( Guidelines ) (available in Japanese here ). The Guidelines set out how businesses active in Japan should address the human rights risks arising in their...