19 June 2020
The European Commission adopts White Paper on how to address foreign subsidies in the EU internal market
On 17 June 2020, the European Commission (“the Commission”) issued a “ White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies ” (“the White Paper”), launching a public consultation on a number of ambitious and far reaching possible options and legal instruments to address...
19 May 2020
International trade and sustainable development: On level playing field, cross-linkages and cherry-picking
There was time when trade negotiations were just about reducing tariffs and quotas. That was the purpose of GATT negotiating rounds and any tariff concession obtained by one contracting party had to be applied to all countries without discrimination. There were exceptions, in particular for customs...
10 March 2020
THE STATUS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM UNDER INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND AT THE WTO DURING THE BREXIT TRANSITION PERIOD AND BEYOND
The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU creates a number of unprecedented issues for international agreements in which the EU participates, whether by itself, together with its Member States or even where the EU it is not a party but to which its Member States have become parties acting on...
30 April 2019
Free trade agreements: a new vision for UK trade
The government has announced that it intends the UK to become a "global Britain" following its exit from the EU, with the negotiation and conclusion of new free trade agreements (FTAs) with third countries high on the UK's agenda. This vision was also confirmed in the Brexit White Paper published...
15 March 2019
Financial Services and the WTO in the context of Brexit
The EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee of the House of Lords held a public meeting on financial services and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 13 March 2019. Eric White, a Consultant in the Brussels office of Herbert Smith Freehills gave evidence to the Sub-Committee as did Dr Lorand Bartels of...
04 February 2019
The View from Brussels - Using EU law to improve the Brexit deal along the lines requested by the UK Parliament
The UK Parliament has rejected the negotiated withdrawal deal comprising a legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and a Political Declaration on future relations and has mandated the Government to seek an alternative to the most contested element – the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, commonly...
13 September 2018
Second batch of UK Government's Brexit 'no deal' technical notices released
Today, the UK Government released the second of three batches of technical notes about the impact of a “no deal” scenario at the end of March 2019. These are available here . This second batch is of 28 and includes notes on civil judicial cooperation , broadcasting rights , data protection ,...
09 July 2018
Comments on UK proposal for the future relationship with the EU
Last Friday, 6 July, it was understood that the UK Cabinet had finally united around a UK position on the desired future relationship with the EU. However, it now remains to be seen if the proposal survives the protests of “betrayal” heard from some quarters and the resignations of the Secretary of...
02 July 2018
Judges won’t get dragged into political squabbling over Brexit
Nusrat Zar and Mark Smyth have published a comment in The Times on two recent judicial review challenges in the context of Brexit. The decisions demonstrate that the UK courts are unlikely to be willing to be drawn into the political aspects of Brexit or to engage with hypothetical issues. The...
26 June 2018
Understanding the trade war
In this briefing we examine the foundations of the recent spate of unconventional US trade actions and the reactions thereto, which, if not already at war, look set to turn into one. We describe the US legal basis for this action, discuss the recent US measures themselves and examine their legality...
14 June 2018
Brexit 'The view from Brussels' – developments in June
The Brexit debate often looks different when viewed from Brussels rather than from London. That Brussels perspective however is important for businesses to keep in mind and therefore we publish a monthly view from our Brussels office on recent developments and the state of the negotiations. In this...
24 September 2020
Webinar: Sustainability in Arbitration – Reducing the environmental impact of our disputes
Herbert Smith Freehills and the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations are delighted to invite you to attend our webinar on Sustainability in Arbitration. Environmental sustainability is not a new subject, but is one that is increasingly at the forefront of government and corporate strategy and...
23 September 2020
Catalyst // Webinar Series
As markets move from response to recovery, our focus is shifting too. Looking ahead, we expect the global pandemic to operate as a catalyst, accelerating changes in human behaviour, driving forward scientific and technological advances, and ushering in further digitalisation and some tough choices...
22 September 2020
Lexology Getting the Deal Through – Rail Transport 2021 European Union
Our legal specialists in transport comprising Tom Marshall, John Williams, Patrick Mitchell, Oliver Grabowski, Tim Briggs and Max Kaufman, have contributed to the European Union chapter of Lexology's latest country by country guide on Rail Transport 2021.
22 September 2020
HYDROGEN IN GERMANY
The energy transition is considered a catalyst for the supply of clean, secure and affordable energy in Germany. In the fight against climate change, hydrogen made with renewable electricity (green hydrogen) is increasingly regarded as the solution for the decarbonisation of industry sectors with...
22 September 2020
Navigating the low price oil environment
Oil prices have recently reached historic lows. Oil companies are faced with a number of potential legal issues as low oil prices impact their trading and operational agreements. In this podcast series we consider some of the key issues triggered by the current low oil price environment, looking in...
18 September 2020
The Future of Consumer Series
The consumer sector is at an exciting time with the opportunities from innovation and technology, and also under constant pressure to keep pace with regulatory intervention and change; disruptive technologies; and business model adaptations. In this series of insights, we tackle a range of issues...
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...
17 September 2020
Brexit countdown: Big changes are coming on 1 January 2021 whatever happens as negotiation tensions rise
As businesses and governments around the world continue to grapple with the implications of COVID-19, Brexit is fast approaching. This time for real. Last year, as businesses awaited a potential Brexit without a deal, the difference was stark. ‘Deal’ meant entering a status quo transition period in...
16 September 2020
Webinar: Employment & IR Briefing Series 2020 - What's next? (Australia)
In this webinar briefing, our Employment, IR and Safety team discuss the most recent employment and IR issues and developments for HR practitioners and general counsel. Featuring partners drawn from each of our Australian offices, the panel canvassed the lessons and insights they have been sharing...
16 September 2020
Judgment in UK test case on insurance cover for Covid losses
The decision in the UK test case on business interruption insurance coverage related to Covid-19 was handed down last night (Australian time) and represents a potentially significant win for policyholders. The UK Financial Conduct Authority, which brought the case on behalf of policyholders, was...