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28 September 2020

NSW modern slavery laws to be harmonised with Commonwealth Act

The New South Wales ( NSW ) Government has confirmed its intention to harmonise its proposed State-based modern slavery legislation with the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) ( Cth Act ).
28 September 2020

China’s competition regulator publishes new compliance guidelines

In August 2020, China’s primary competition enforcement regulator, the State Administration for Market Regulation ( SAMR ), announced the publication of its “2019 Compilation of Antitrust Regulations and Guidance”. The publication formally adopts four key guidelines (the Guidelines ) relating to...
28 September 2020

Defining design life: The importance of precision

The English High Court recently issued a decision in Blackpool Borough Council v Volkerfitzpatrick Ltd and others [2020] EWHC 1523 (TCC) on the meaning and ramifications of ‘design life’ requirements under English law.
28 September 2020

Due Diligence in the Age of ESG and Covid-19 (Japan)

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the increasing focus of external stakeholders on corporate purpose, accountability and resiliency was driving environmental, social and governance ( ESG ) matters higher up the corporate agenda. The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the spotlight on ESG issues,...
28 September 2020

M&A Standpoint: A very different D&O landscape

25 September 2020

EU Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence Law Takes Shape

Earlier this year we reported on a European Commission proposal to introduce mandatory human rights due diligence legislation for the EU. The European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs has now published a draft report which includes the text of a proposed Directive, giving a sense of the...
24 September 2020


Our Brisbane office delivers a taste of Queensland sunshine in the latest instalment of our " How-To Masterclass ”, featuring handmade potato gnocchi with sautéed prawns, and a Queensland inspired trifle to follow.
24 September 2020

Webinar: Sustainability in Arbitration – Reducing the environmental impact of our disputes

Herbert Smith Freehills and the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations are delighted to invite you to attend our webinar on Sustainability in Arbitration. Environmental sustainability is not a new subject, but is one that is increasingly at the forefront of government and corporate strategy and...
23 September 2020

Catalyst // Podcast Series

As markets move from response to recovery, our focus is shifting too. Looking ahead, we expect the global pandemic to operate as a catalyst, accelerating changes in human behaviour, driving forward scientific and technological advances, and ushering in further digitalisation and some tough choices...
23 September 2020

Podcast: Herbert Smith Freehills and GaffneyCline experts speak on ESG and Decarbonisation with the Oil & Gas Council

In this podcast Tim Pawul of the Oil & Gas Council hosts GaffneyCline's Global Head of Carbon Management, Nigel Jenvey and Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Head of Energy, Lewis McDonald, where they talk about ESG and decarbonisation in the context of oil & gas around the world. In the...
23 September 2020

UK Government plans to strengthen Modern Slavery Act 2015 reporting requirements

The UK Government has published its response to the transparency in supply chains consultation . The response sets out significant new proposals intended to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ( MSA ), and in particular the requirement for certain organisations to produce a slavery and human...
23 September 2020

Cyber and data security webinars

Cyber security is a high-ranking board agenda item showing no sign of abating. The regulatory landscape is becoming ever more complex as we strive to respond and mitigate the risks of cyber incidents. In the following webinars we delve into some key developments to help you keep abreast of changes...
23 September 2020

People: New remote work regulations (Spain)

On 23 September 2020, the Spanish Official State Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado) published Royal Decree-law 28/2020, of 22 September (“RDL 28/2020”), on remote work. The new regulation will enter into effect 20 days after its publication, in all matters relating to the regulation of this form...
23 September 2020

The Italian medicines agency AIFA opens a public consultation on the draft guidelines for the preparation of the dossier supporting a price and reimbursement application

This is the last step before the implementation of the new procedure for the price and reimbursement negotiation set out in the Decree on price and reimbursement negotiation of 2 August 2019. The Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) has launched a one week public consultation, closing 30 September 2020...
23 September 2020

Brewster and beyond: an update on litigation funding