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25 November 2020

Closing the class: Uncertainties and challenges for class action settlements

Earlier this year, two decisions of the New South Wales Court of Appeal have challenged the appropriateness of what had been a standard class action procedural step known as “class closure”. This development will likely add to the complexities in resolving class action litigation, particularly...
24 November 2020

When is casual permanent? Finding a workable definition

24 November 2020

Back to basics: The Development Consent Order regime podcast series

In this series of "Back to basics" podcasts, we provide a bite-sized introduction to the nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) regime under the Planning Act 2008, drawing on our extensive experience advising on all key aspects of development consent orders (DCOs). Each of the five...
23 November 2020

Corporate Crime & Investigations insights - Australia and beyond

This series spotlights trends and developments in corporate crime investigations and enforcement in Australia, with a global lens.
23 November 2020


In March we wrote a piece ( here ) on considerations for listed companies seeking to raise capital in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. As we expected, the subsequent seven months has seen a raft of companies coming to market, with more money raised in equity by UK listed companies in 2020 YTD than...
20 November 2020

Award simplification – We’d like to do it, but we just can’t work out how

The Prime Minister in his address to the National Press Club on 26 May 2020 identified that the current industrial relations system was not ‘fit-for-purpose’. His solution was to get everyone ‘back in the room.’ By everyone, it turns out he meant the ‘IR Club’ – its back in business – employer...
20 November 2020

Approaching accreditation: Positioning for success

20 November 2020

Workplace change for the Covid recovery

Australian Industrial Relations reforms In May 2020, the government announced its intention to introduce workplace changes to support the rebuilding of a post-Covid economy. Join our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team as we unpack the headlines and follow the latest developments on...
20 November 2020

What does the UK's new national security investment screening regime mean for investors?

On 11 November 2020 the UK Government introduced the National Security and Investment Bill ( NSI Bill ) to Parliament, setting out significant legislative reforms which will overhaul the review of transactions and investments on national security grounds in the UK, against a backdrop of tightening...
19 November 2020

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Podcasts

Join our experts as they discuss and share their views on the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space covering areas such as underpayment compliance, annualised salary provisions, industrial manslaughter laws and what key...
19 November 2020

Update on Covid-19 Business Interruption Insurance: A Further Win for Australian Policyholders

Policyholders have won the first of a number of Australian test cases about insurance cover for Covid-19 related business interruption losses. In a 5-0 decision, the NSW Court of Appeal held that an exclusion in the infectious diseases extension for quarantinable diseases notified under the “...
19 November 2020

NSW 20/21 Budget: proposed changes to stamp duty

Important taxation changes have been announced in NSW, with the Treasurer, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, outlining a proposal to transition from the up-front payment of stamp duty to an annual property tax.
18 November 2020

Decommissioning obligations: the way forward

Podcast Herbert Smith Freehills Podcasts · Navigating the low oil price environment: EP7
18 November 2020

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Webinars

In case you missed it, you can access our previous Employment & IR briefing and Safety Leadership Series webinars below. Join our expert briefings for the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space. In these short sessions,...
18 November 2020

UK Government announces plan for a Green Industrial Revolution

Today the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out the Government’s ten point plan for what it is calling the green industrial revolution. This is part of the blueprint for the UK to meet the legally-binding target to produce net zero carbon emissions by 2050.