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07 September 2020

London International Disputes Week 2020

We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
06 July 2020

Paris Arbitration Week 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) 2020, which takes place between 6 and 10 July 2020.
02 July 2020

Woolworths spam receives unwelcome attention

The Australian Communications and Media Authority ( ACMA ) has today reported that Woolworths Group Limited has paid a million-dollar infringement notice and agreed to a court-enforceable undertaking in response to breaches of spam laws. The infringement notice for $1,003,800 is the largest ever...
01 July 2020

People: Job Retention Scheme and Pensions (UK)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS"), opened for claims on 20 April. Originally due to end on 31 May, then 30 June, the Chancellor announced on 12 May that it will remain in place and available to all sectors through to the end of October 2020. New rules, which will apply from 1 July 2020...
01 July 2020

Pressure Points: Corporate real estate: a post-Covid-19 perspective (UK)

Revival signs in real estate M&A The Covid-19 pandemic caused a noticeable slowdown in real estate M&A activity. Despite this, there are early signs in the market of a bounce back. Opportunistic/strategic deals are still completing and many investors have capital reserves ready to be...
30 June 2020

Australian small business payment times reporting bill – what you need to know

30 June 2020

Saving millions of shareholder dollars and forests of trees is easier than you think

How often do those of us in M&A and in-house legal and company secretariat teams have an opportunity to save trees and millions of shareholder dollars? The recent temporary changes to the Corporations Act in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 facilitate this by allowing notices of...
30 June 2020

REACTIVACIÓN: Análisis del Real Decreto Ley 23/2020, de 23 de junio: su impacto en renovables (España)

El 24 de junio se publicó en el Boletín Oficial del Estado, el Real Decreto-Ley 23/2020, de 23 de junio, por el que se aprueban medidas en materia de energía y en otros ámbitos para la reactivación económica (“RDL 23/2020”). Este Real Decreto-Ley entró en vigor el 25 de junio de 2020, si bien debe...
29 June 2020

Construction Law Masters podcast series

Our Construction Law Masters podcast series we welcome distinguished guests from the construction industry to discuss their unique experiences and views of various aspects of construction law and practice.
29 June 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: The Global Impact on the Mining Industry

Note: This resource has been updated on 26 May 2020 to include the US (Federal and the States of New York, California and Texas) and reflect recent developments in Australia and Peru. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis. The mining industry has sought to...
29 June 2020

Governance: An Overview of E-signatures and Electronic Legal Transactions (Germany)

In light of the restrictions on contact necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the possibility of conducting legal transactions electronically has become a central issue. Corresponding questions which investors should consider when doing transactions in the German market are inter alia whether...
26 June 2020

Pressure Points: Summary of Key Support And Guidance for Charities and Social Enterprises (UK)

This note sets out a high-level summary of key announcements regarding funding, support, and guidance available for social enterprises and charities as of 26 June 2020. Please note that changes and announcements are made regularly; updates should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
26 June 2020

JD Sports appeals CMA prohibition decision citing impact of Covid-19 as a key consideration

JD Sports has filed an appeal with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) against the decision by the CMA to prohibit its acquisition of rival retailer Footasylum, with the appropriate treatment of Covid-19 a key area of dispute between the parties and the CMA.
25 June 2020

People: Industrial relations reform in 2020? Here we go again... (Australia)

It is ironic that on 26 May, almost precisely one year after the 2019 Federal Election, the PM made important announcements about Australia’s industrial relations ( IR ) system. The irony of course arises from the quite radical IR proposals which were taken to the election by the Australian Labor...
25 June 2020

Views on an evolving automotive industry: Responding to competition law challenges

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 unprecedented industry disruption caused...