07 November 2019
New and emerging technology: What this means for human rights and business in the digital age
The increasing velocity and convergence of new and emerging digital technologies will have a significant impact on our lives. Our submission to the UN Human Rights Council provides our perspective on the key challenges and opportunities for the protection of human rights in light of these digital...
06 March 2019
US sanctions enforcement action highlights the importance of human rights due diligence
A recent enforcement action by the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control ( OFAC ) has highlighted the importance of human rights due diligence as part of an effective sanctions compliance programme.
03 September 2018
Modern slavery reporting is coming – you won’t escape the net
Companies (and certain other entities) which meet required revenue and activity thresholds may be required to report on modern slavery risks within both their operations and their supply chains under the Federal Government’s proposed Modern Slavery Bill ( Federal Bill ) or the New South Wales’...
08 January 2018
Modern Slavery Law proposed for Hong Kong
Dennis Kwok, a member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council, has sent the Chief Executive a draft Modern Slavery Bill 2017 (" Draft Bill ") for consideration. The Draft Bill is in similar terms to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK) (" UK Act ") and follows proposals for similar legislation to be...
06 April 2017
UK Government pushed to impose a corporate duty to prevent human rights abuse
The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights latest report on Human Rights and Business has urged the Government to introduce new legislation and to take stronger enforcement action to prevent business-related human rights abuses.
02 November 2016
International Criminal Court to prosecute business and human rights
In what many NGOs are calling a warning shot to company executives and investors, the International Criminal Court ( ICC ) has indicated it will prioritise cases involving the destruction of the environment, illegal exploitation of resources and land-grabbing.
01 September 2016
Are you ready to deal with cyber risk?
An organisation's confidential information and the personal data of their customer base is a valuable commodity. Combine this with an increased reliance on doing business in a digital world and the regulatory scrutiny surrounding cyber breaches, organisations big and small need to tackle the cyber...
24 June 2016
English court makes landmark corporate modern slavery civil order
In a landmark ruling, the English Court has for the first time, awarded damages against a company in relation to modern slavery, broadening the scope of a company’s responsibility and putting business and human rights firmly on the risk map for modern businesses.
29 January 2020
Is US government inaction on climate change a breach of the constitution?
A United States court has recently been asked to consider whether the federal government’s inaction in relation to climate change breaches the United States constitution. The court (by a majority of two to one) reluctantly found that they did not have jurisdiction to order the government to redress...
28 January 2020
DIFC Employment Law Update: New DEWS Scheme replaces ESG from 1 February 2020 – 10 key features every employer needs to know
As we previously reported, the new DIFC Employment Law, Law No. 2 of 2019, came into effect on 28 August 2019 (click here to read our employment e-bulletin on 16 key changes introduced by the new law). Also as previously reported ( here ), following a period of consultation, the statutory end of...
28 January 2020
The View from Brussels: Some critical issues for the future trade relationship
The European Commission has started a debate with the Member States on the shape of the Union's future trade relationship with the UK and has made its views public in a series of slides . The UK Government has so far not set out its position in anything like the same detail but has indicated a...
24 January 2020
Financial Accountability Regime to introduce obligations on RSE licensees and insurers
Reforms proposed by the Government this week will impose significant obligations on registrable superannuation entity licensees and insurers. These reforms will also have implications for banks that are already subject to the Banking Executive Accountability Regime ( BEAR ).
22 January 2020
Moscow Corporate Crime and Investigations Newsletter - January 2020
This newsletter summarises recent developments in Russian regulations, enforcement and court practice which may be relevant for doing business in Russia, from a corporate crime and investigations perspective. Additionally, this newsletter identifies some developments in the US and other relevant...
21 January 2020
The new environment for climate change litigation
The Dutch Supreme Court (the Court ) has recently affirmed a decision of the District Court to issue an order directing the State of the Netherlands to reduce it's greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2020 by at least 25% of the emissions as at 1990. The order issued by the District Court now...
21 January 2020
HIGH COURT STRIKES OUT CLAIM AGAINST BANKS IN THEIR CAPACITY AS LENDERS TO INVESTORS OF A TAX DEFERRAL SCHEME
The High Court has struck out claims brought by former investors in the Ingenious Media tax deferral schemes against lending banks who advanced sums to the investors for the purpose of investing in the scheme: Mr Anthony Barness & Ors v Ingenious Media Limited & Ors  EWHC 3299 (Ch) .
16 January 2020
Top 10 Employment Law Developments Of The Decade: Part 2
In the final installment of our two-part article, we conclude our countdown of the top U.S. labor and employment developments of the 2010s. This part covers the key developments from 2015 to 2019, and it concludes with our selection of the most important development of the decade.
13 January 2020
Getting the deal through: Joint Ventures 2020
In increasingly complex and connected global markets, joint ventures offer access to business and investment opportunities that may be less available to parties acting alone. New market entry, growing customer bases, sharing of capital expenditure or other costs, originating funding or investment,...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate
Innovation that happens in an "open" collaborative context – either internally or with external partners - can provide faster, better, more holistic results to accelerate innovation and improve competitive advantage, concludes our new report: Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate , based on "...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Data issues in innovation and collaborations
Businesses in every sector are under pressure to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. ‘’Open innovation’’ is a term that has come to describe innovation which extends beyond the traditional Research and Development department of a business and embraces a broader pool of talent and ideas...