13 September 2022
Supreme Court of NSW clarifies the nature and extent of the duty of care owed by building practitioners: What you need to know
The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) ( DBP Act ) commenced just over two years ago. A significant feature of the DBP Act is the statutory duty of care it created, which provides that persons who carry out construction work have a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid economic...
16 April 2021
Update: On 15 April 2021 the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has ruled the Berlin Rent Cap (Berliner Mietendeckel) to be void in its Entirety
With yesterday´s ruling, the Second Senate of the German Federal Constitutional Court (Court) declared the law of the State of Berlin on rent limitation on residential properties in Berlin (Berlin Rent Cap) to be unconstitutional and therefore void in its entirety.
08 April 2021
Real estate transfer tax (“RETT”) reform likely to be implemented on short notice
The German RETT reform is gaining momentum and an updated draft bill is contemplated to be voted on by the German parliament as early as mid-April. While a draft bill has not yet been published, with a few exceptions, the new rules are expected to be largely similar to a previous draft published in...
12 March 2021
Forearmed: A real estate disputes guide to likely trends in 2021 and beyond
Thankfully, most real estate investments do not suffer from complex disputes. But, as a real estate disputes team with experience going back to the early 1990s, and through several cycles of the economy, we have seen the kinds of issue that can arise at times when there is uncertainty in the global...
18 December 2020
Specialist Disability Accommodation Projects
The development and management of Specialist Disability Accommodation ( SDA ), being housing that is specially designed to tend to the needs of people who have extreme functional impairment or very high support needs, is an emerging asset class gathering momentum and interest from developers and...
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...
30 November 2022
On Just Terms Podcast Series
Australia is a litigious country - we meet with Australia's leading legal and commercial minds to discuss how to manage the corporate risk landscape. Join host Jason Betts, Disputes Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, as he interviews the people on the front lines of this changing environment.
25 November 2022
A new normal: data governance and internal stakeholder alignment
Building a robust data governance and privacy compliance regime requires strategic planning and meaningful business buy-in. As the spotlight on data governance intensifies, legal leaders across all industries are evaluating best practices.