03 March 2020
A General Safety Provision - are we there yet??
It is looking increasingly likely that a ‘General Safety Provision’ for consumer products will be introduced into legislation in the near future. This idea has been simmering for some time and the Commonwealth Treasury has recently received public submissions on whether such a legislative provision...
08 September 2017
“Like brands. Only cheaper” – Aldi gets up on copying but falls on natural claim
On Tuesday this week the Federal Court of Australia ( Court ) published its judgment in the long running battle between Moroccanoil Israel Ltd and Aldi Foods: Moroccanoil Israel Ltd v Aldi Foods Pty Ltd  FCA 823 . Aldi’s conduct was found to be misleading and deceptive in relation to claims...
16 August 2017
Less than a year to go before new country of origin food labels become mandatory
In response to consumer feedback and government consultation and review, the new Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 (the Standard ) 1 were introduced last year and take mandatory effect from 1 July 2018 .
17 May 2017
2017 AUSTRALIAN CONSUMER LAW REVIEW
KEY TAKEAWAYS THAT EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD KNOW Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) has undertaken the first review of the ACL since its inception in 2011 and has released its final report. Herbert Smith Freehills have summarised below the key legislative proposals that all businesses...
23 June 2021
Webinar: Anti-Racism and Inclusive Leadership with John Amaechi OBE
Many organisations have made important strides over the past year to challenge racism, both in the workplace and in other walks of life. Yet, there is clearly a long way to go before we reach a turning point in addressing systemic racism.
15 June 2021
ESG issues in the consumer sector: managing class action and regulatory risks
Investors, consumers and other stakeholders increasingly want to hear from consumer sector companies concerning the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of their businesses. However, as more companies begin sharing the positive ESG stories behind their businesses and brands in...
15 June 2021
ASIC’s consultation on regulator guidance closes as financial service and credit licensees prepare for Australia’s breach reporting reforms
In April of this year, we wrote about draft guidance released by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on the significant impending changes to Australia’s breach reporting regime.
11 June 2021
Bank of England launches Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario
On Tuesday 8 June, the Bank of England launched its Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario ( BES ), a stress-testing exercise on the financial risks from climate change. While the regulator's rhetoric may sound like a call to arms, the BES hopes to understand the issues the financial system faces to...
11 June 2021
Not all’s “fair dealing” in war and Greenpeace: Federal Court confirms limits of the “parody or satire” exception to copyright infringement
The Federal Court’s decision in AGL v Greenpeace 1 confirms that using a corporate logo in activist or protest materials may be permissible under both copyright and trade mark law, but only where that use constitutes a “fair dealing” for the genuine purpose of “parody or satire”. Not all such uses...
10 June 2021
Tech disputes series
In a world that's increasingly dependent on technology, organisations are under increasing pressure to stay competitive and create connected experiences. To meet these rising demands, organisations are accelerating their digital transformation and in turn giving rise to complex, multi-...
10 June 2021
Revolution or evolution? Technology and the changing dispute resolution landscape
Digital transformation is causing the dispute resolution landscape to change and evolve rapidly. Our tech disputes experts explore the key changes and the effect that these are having on the way in which we can minimise exposure and navigate the new environment to successfully resolve disputes.
09 June 2021
Launch event: Law Commission review of the law relating to corporate criminal liability
On 9 June 2021 at 4.30pm, our Corporate Crime and Investigations team will be hosting an event where the Law Commission will launch its review of the law relating to corporate criminal liability in England and Wales.
08 June 2021
The Future of Consumer – 2021 APAC predictions
2020 presented a number of significant challenges with Covid-19 accelerating some of the existing trends in the consumer sector – and we expect to see these issues driving some real turning points in 2021, as our Asia-Pacific Consumer team will explore in this series. Trust continues to be a major...
07 June 2021
Corporate Governance snapshot: Fundamental audit and corporate governance reforms proposed by UK government
In April 2021, the UK government published its long awaited consultation paper on audit and governance reform, Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance . If implemented, the proposals would lead to considerable changes to the way that companies approach their financial reporting, requiring...
07 June 2021
African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) – The Next Leap for Africa?
We are delighted to share a recording of the panel discussion which Herbert Smith Freehills and Singular Group co-hosted on 28 May 2021 regarding the role the AfCFTA can play in the development of the African continent and the opportunities for businesses and investors.