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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 [2019] 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.
15 January 2020

Top 10 Employment Law Developments Of The Decade: Part 1

As the 2010s have drawn to a close, it feels fitting to highlight the most significant U.S. labor and employment developments of the decade in quintessential 2010 fashion — through an internet top 10 list.
15 January 2020

Australian Employment and Industrial Relations Podcast

On the new Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast channel, tune in as our Employment and Industrial Relations experts give an update on current and emerging industrial relations and employment issues.
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...
06 January 2020

Views on an evolving automotive industry: Responding to ESG-related scrutiny

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'.
02 January 2020

M&A in 2020: The new normal

Our latest global M&A report looks at the themes that we expect to see in M&A transactions in 2020.
20 December 2019

ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry: Government Response

On 12 December 2019, the Australian Government released its response to the final report of the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry.
20 December 2019

Online harms and online safety: Is greater harmonisation on the horizon for Australia?

On 11 December 2019, the Government released a discussion paper on a proposed Online Safety Act (the Proposal ) for consultation. The Proposal comes only months after the adoption of the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019 (Cth) (better known as the social media...
20 December 2019

New electricity network investments – there has to be a better way

For many years, electricity generators and retail business attracted much more attention than networks. That is changing as a bow wave of new network investment is demanded by the transition of the power system from large, baseload thermal plant providing strong system stability support to widely...
20 December 2019

ASIC consults on draft regulatory guide for design and distribution obligations

ASIC has released Consultation Paper 325 Product design and distribution obligations ( CP 325 ), on its proposals for guidance on the design and distribution obligations in Pt 7.8A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ( DDO ).
19 December 2019

The View from Brussels: Brexit - next steps and options to reconcile haste with ambition

Brexit now seems inevitable on 31 January 2020 but that is only the beginning of the process of defining a new relationship between the UK and the EU. Serious negotiations on that relationship will only start thereafter, hopefully as soon as February. In this View from Brussels, we look at how this...