21 December 2020
Concurrent expert evidence in a post-pandemic world
A necessary consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic is the greater use of virtual hearings for international construction arbitrations. Virtual hearings may well continue to feature prominently even in a post-pandemic world. Although there has been a proliferation of protocols on the conduct of...
23 October 2020
Contractor entitled to claim lost profits under Operation and Maintenance contract following Owner's breach of Design and Build Agreement
Infrastructure projects often involve a complex suite of documents which are negotiated together but each constitutes a separate binding agreement. By way of example, a project developer and a host government may sign a land lease, a construction contract and long term operating agreement. The UK’s...
31 August 2020
Opportunities for future-proofing construction contracts (Japan)
The ability to adapt to changing circumstances will be a defining feature for businesses in 2020 and the construction industry is no different. The construction industry has had to cope with liquidity stresses as well as non-availability of supplies and manpower. As businesses cope with the changes...
15 July 2020
UK Supreme Court clarifies availability of construction adjudication regime in insolvency
In what is likely to be one of this year’s landmark insolvency decisions, the Supreme Court in Bresco v Lonsdale has considered the interaction between insolvency set-off and adjudication, though the judgment is likely to have application to other dispute resolution processes including litigation...
14 April 2020
COVID-19: People: Client Health and Safety Duties in Respect of COVID-19 (UK)
This blog note provides an overview of the health and safety responsibilities of a client in respect of works being carried out pursuant to a building contract, during the implementation of UK government’s social distancing rules to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
08 April 2020
COVID-19: PRESSURE POINTS: Potential legal impact on the construction sector and international projects (Spain/Global)
Measures that have been widely adopted by governments around the world to address the COVID-19 pandemic have already and, will no doubt further, spill-over onto the construction sector.
28 February 2020
CONSTRUCTION JOINT VENTURES – A RECAP OF KEY ISSUES TO CONSIDER AND PRACTICAL TIPS
On 6 February 2020, Global Head of Contentious Construction and Infrastructure, Craig Shepherd, Head of Finance in Japan, Keith Gamble, and Dispute Resolution Associate, Victoria Green, delivered a seminar to members of the Overseas Construction Association of Japan on how to avoid joint venture...
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'.
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...
06 October 2021
Webinar: Cross-border restructurings: how UK schemes may benefit businesses in Asia Pacific
Jurisdictions across the globe have sought to expand their restructuring toolkits – spurred on by Governments seeking to support business during the pandemic. This has had a significant impact on the options available when restructuring business in Asia Pacific.
06 October 2021
Taking the Floor: Government proposes to legislate a recovery presumption for funded class action group members
On 30 September 2021, the Department of Treasury opened consultation on new laws which, if enacted in their proposed form, will introduce new hurdles for litigation funders intended to ensure fairer returns for group members in future funded class actions.
05 October 2021
Government planning significant extension to UK's pensions notifiable events regime for corporates
The government has confirmed it plans to make long-anticipated changes to the UK's pensions notifiable events regime. The changes, first floated in 2018 and now confirmed (subject to consultation), are almost certain to mean that corporates will be required to give the Pensions Regulator and...
05 October 2021
Delivering Alternative Excellence
Fresh from scooping the title of Alternative Service Provider of the Year at the recently held African Legal Awards, Vanessa Kingsmill and Naseem Ameer-Mia of Herbert Smith Freehills chatted to Africa Legal’s Tom Pearson about their recipe for success.
05 October 2021
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security backs two step approach to adopting the security of critical infrastructure reforms
On 29 September, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security ( PJCIS ) published its advisory report on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. 1
04 October 2021
Cartel Intel: Interview with Bo Vesterdorf, former President of the EU General Court
In advance of the next edition of Cartel Intel , our quarterly update on key EMEA cartel developments, Daniel Vowden (Partner, Brussels) had the great privilege of discussing important recent EU legal developments with Bo Vesterdorf , formerly a judge at and the President of the EU General Court (...
01 October 2021
New pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions now in force
From today, directors, lenders, investors and other parties to corporate activity which may jeopardise the interests of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme face the spectre of criminal prosecution. The new pensions criminal offences and other regulatory sanctions which come into force today are...
30 September 2021
GAR Live: Energy Disputes 2021
The annual GAR Live: Energy Disputes conference is taking place in London this year, where experts from across the country and throughout Europe will join together for a hybrid event. The energy industry is currently in the midst of a pivotal shift with a growing demand for renewable sources. This...
30 September 2021
TMA submissions on Australian creditors’ scheme of arrangement consultation
On 2 August 2021, the Treasury released a consultation paper seeking feedback on changes to improve creditors’ schemes of arrangement in Australia (the Consultation Paper ). The submissions process has now closed.