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19 January 2021

Employment and Workplace Relations in Australia Guide 2021

The new edition of our annual Guide to Employment and Workplace Relations in Australia has been published, providing a comprehensive and practical overview of Australian employment regulation.
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...
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...
18 January 2021

What is ahead in 2021? The top four issues facing Australian employers this year

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...
18 January 2021

Beyond Brexit Legal Guide 2021

The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the transition period ended on 31 December 2020. The UK and EU trade relationship is now governed by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed on 24 December 2020.
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.
15 January 2021

Dispute Resolution and Governing Law Clauses in Indonesia-Related Contracts

Welcome to the second edition of our essential guide to "Dispute Resolution and Governing Law Clauses in Indonesia-Related Contracts." This edition has been updated to reflect developments in Indonesia.
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

Decarbonisation of the LNG Supply Chain: challenges and the way forward

Why decarbonisation?
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...
13 January 2021


The automotive industry is unquestionably evolving at considerable pace whether through advances in connectivity and autonomy in vehicles, developments in the way that consumers access and use vehicles or changes driven by the 'electric revolution' and the industry disruption caused by the COVID-19...
13 January 2021

New Italian rules on the review of foreign investments in Italy: dawn of an era of greater certainty for foreign investors? A focus on the energy sector

Article 10-ter of Law of 18 December 2020, no. 176, extended the temporary regime introduced with the Liquidity Decree until 30 June 2021. Following the extension of the Governmental Powers on FDI carried out with Law Decree of 8 April 2020, No. 23 (the “ Liquidity Decree ”), on 18 and 23 December...
12 January 2021

Executive remuneration and accountability – the revised APRA CPS 511 Remuneration

On 12 November 2020, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority ( APRA ) released a revised draft Prudential Standard CPS 511 Remuneration for consultation ( Revised Draft CPS 511 ). The revised standard has moved away from the prescriptive requirements of the initial consultation draft,...
11 January 2021

New year, new UK sanctions regime

Upon the end of the Brexit transition period at 11pm on 31 December 2020, the UK ceased to implement EU sanctions. UK sanctions are now in force under the UK’s domestic sanctions regime, the framework for which is contained in the Sanctions and Money Laundering Act 2018 (“SAMLA”). The UK has...