22 December 2020
Balancing Risks and Opportunities: Data Governance in Australia
Data has become the heartbeat of every business in today’s digital world. It is the key to knowing your customers, remaining competitive and succeeding into the future. Yet it comes with great responsibility – knowing how to use your data and protect it is becoming ever more important. Tune into...
30 November 2020
Consumer Data Right: Expanding the CDR regime
On 30 September 2020, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ( ACCC ) released a further consultation paper concerning the continued expansion and development of the Consumer Data Right ( CDR ) regime. The consultation paper accompanies an Exposure Draft with proposed amendments to the...
05 November 2020
Future Cities Series: Creating a safe cyber and data future
The pandemic has shown us just how dependent society is on computers connected to the internet and the information that is used and stored. This dependence has also increased, with many regarding the pandemic as an accelerator for digitalisation. Yet this time has also highlighted that we are far...
03 November 2020
Submissions sought for Australia’s Privacy Act review
The Australian Government has published an issues paper outlining and seeking feedback on the Privacy Act 1988 (the Act) and other Australian laws protecting personal information, with submissions on a series of 68 questions due by 29 November 2020.
28 October 2020
Consumer Data Right: Increased role for intermediaries
The Competition and Consumer (Consumer Data Right) Rules 2020 ( the Rules ) were recently amended to allow accredited third party service providers to provide additional services within the Consumer Data Right ( CDR ) ecosystem. 1 Subject to consumer consent, the amendments permit accredited...
18 September 2020
Exploring Opportunities: Digitise to survive and thrive – Six steps to a successful digital transformation (Global)
The need to digitise has never been so relevant and important for business. Global trade has been disrupted and reshaped – the ability to ensure critical operations can continue and to rapidly adjust to a very dynamic situation has become a determiner of business survival. Only those businesses...
31 August 2020
Digihealth and the Race for Health Data – Key Legal Issues
The healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors in Asia and beyond are being reshaped by new digital technologies. From the use of AI for identifying lead compounds and connected devices for collecting personal health data, to the use of blockchain for managing supply chains and telehealth for accessing...
21 August 2020
The cost of deceptive privacy statements: big fine for online platform highlights the importance of transparency when using personal information
Online health booking platform HealthEngine has been fined AUD$2.9m for deceptive conduct relating to the disclosure of personal information, and editing consumer reviews.
23 July 2020
Data Class Actions: the threat to business
Our Data Class Actions team has today published an article about the future of class actions in the August 2020 issue of PLC Magazine . The article first appeared in the August 2020 issue of PLC Magazine . The article follows the Supreme Court’s decision in Various Claimants v WM Morrison...
15 July 2020
Future Cities Series: Tech-driven supply chains to help shape future cities
The criticality of global supply chains to not only economic strength but also societal health has been brought into sharp focus by the Covid-19 pandemic. As economies look towards pathways to recovery and resilience, supply considerations will be paramount. Additionally, policy responses to the...
15 July 2020
Future Cities Series: Technology and Telecommunications key to transforming future cities
The effects of Covid-19 have been felt around the world. The pandemic has significantly impacted the technology and telecommunications sectors, but simultaneously these sectors are being posited as major drivers to lift urban areas and their residents out of the current crisis through sustainable...
14 July 2020
COVID-19: Exploring Opportunities: Will your technology survive the outbreak? (Global)
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe continue to evolve on a daily basis. While this pandemic is first a public health and humanitarian crisis, the impacts of COVID-19 on global and national economies, businesses, supply chains, and the everyday lives of the world’s population are...
22 January 2021
Policyholders defeat insurers’ appeal in UK FCA test case on cover for COVID-19 business interruption losses
The momentum in favour of policyholders seeking BI cover for COVID-19 related losses continues as the English Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed the insurers’ appeal against the original judgment which was largely favourable to policyholders.
21 January 2021
Proposals by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs for a new Prepackaged Insolvency Resolution Process
Background and purpose of the proposals On 8 th January proposals for a new ‘Prepackaged Insolvency Resolution Process’ ("PIRP") were issued by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs for public consultation, and we have considered them from a foreign perspective. The proposals are continuing...
21 January 2021
Corporate Treasurer Briefing - Is LIBOR Really Entering the End Game?
The end of 2021 has been the date set in stone for the discontinuation of LIBOR for some time. In our briefing we look at the status of LIBOR transition across various different currencies and products and explore some of the events which will catalyse the transition in 2021.
20 January 2021
The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review - 9th Edition: Russia Chapter
Although Russia was ranked 137 out of 198 countries on Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index, sharing the spot with such countries as Mexico, Papua New Guinea and Paraguay, in its Third Round Evaluation Report published on 21 November 2016, the Group of States against...
19 January 2021
UK Export Development Guarantee scheme: supporting UK exporters to access liquidity
An increasing number of UK manufacturing and industrial companies including Rolls-Royce and the UK's two largest airlines have recently turned to UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK government’s export credit agency for trade finance and insurance, to provide guarantees to assist with accessing...
19 January 2021
Key TCA issues for the energy sector
The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (" TCA ") establishes objectives for the energy market by providing for the facilitation of trade and investment between the EU and the UK (the “ parties ”) in the areas of energy and raw materials, and supporting security of supply and environmental...
18 January 2021
UK Government's 10 point plan
The UK government recently announced a £12 billion “Ten Point Plan” to lead a “Green Industrial Revolution”. This plan aims to mobilise £42 billion of private investment by 2030 with the aim of reducing UK emissions by 180 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent between 2023 and 2032. The below...
15 January 2021
Supreme Court hands down judgment in FCA’s Covid-19 Business Interruption Test Case
The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the Covid-19 Business Interruption insurance test case of The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others . Herbert Smith Freehills acted for the FCA who advanced the claim for policyholders.
14 January 2021
Why the Worley court action is a landmark case for boards
A recent landmark court decision on class actions is being interpreted as a signal to boards and directors that they may successfully defend class actions if they can show they took reasonable steps to determine how decisions were made. Herbert Smith Freehills partner Jason Betts, who will host an...
14 January 2021
The Al-Ula Declaration – GCC diplomatic relations restored
In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (the “UAE” ), Egypt and Bahrain announced that they would sever diplomatic ties with, and cut off transport links to, Qatar. Three and a half years later, the states have agreed to restore diplomatic relations. While details of the reconciliation...