26 March 2020
The Fairness Doctrine: A Return to the Status Quo?
In October 2019, the Full Federal Court decision in ASIC v Westpac Securities Administration Limited  FCAFC 187 ( ASIC v Westpac ) raised questions about the scope of the obligation on AFS licensees to act efficiently, honestly and fairly. Less than 6 months later, the Federal Court’s...
22 November 2019
CDR: Challenges and Opportunities in the Superannuation Sector
The Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology (the Committee ) is considering the current and future government approach to FinTech and RegTech in Australia, and is inviting submissions until 31 December 2019.
06 November 2019
To infinity and beyond: The Fairness Doctrine
The implications of the recent Full Federal Court decision in ASIC v Westpac Securities Administration Limited  FCAFC 187 ( ASIC v Westpac ) are far-reaching for the financial services industry. The case is, of course, a significant development in the laws concerning the parameters of general...
09 October 2019
The hidden legal risks in Australian super fund mergers
The contemporary resurgence of super fund mergers presents a material risk of claims against directors of super fund trustees, if trustees are not undertaking appropriately sophisticated diligence exercises that take account of the complexity of modern portfolios.
09 October 2019
A leadership role for super funds in solving Australia’s energy trilemma?
On 29 June 2019, Industry Super Australia ( ISA ) released its Modernising Electricity Sectors Discussion Paper (the Paper ) 1 which seeks to assist super funds in understanding and navigating the regulatory uncertainty in investing in the Australian electricity sector. More specifically, it aims “...
28 May 2019
Australian Federal Election Reforms Podcast
As part of Herbert Smith Freehills’ series on the employment and industrial relations reforms leading up to the Australian federal election, the inaugural podcast focuses on the Australian Labor Party’s policy platform. Future podcasts will focus on specific subject areas in more details.
19 March 2019
Superannuation Fund Governance Post-Hayne: Part Two
Conduct and Culture The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was charged with inquiring into, and reporting on, ‘whether any conduct of financial services entities might have amounted to misconduct and whether any conduct, practices,...
22 February 2019
Superannuation Fund Governance Post-Hayne: Part One
Institutional Structures The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was charged with inquiring into, and reporting on, ‘whether any conduct of financial services entities might have amounted to misconduct and whether any conduct, practices,...
21 October 2021
UK National Security and Investment Act 2021: what do investors need to know?
This is an updated version of our briefing published on 30 April 2021 On 29 April 2021 the UK National Security and Investment (NSI) Bill received Royal Assent. The NSI Act 2021 introduces significant legislative reforms which will overhaul the review of transactions and investments on national...
20 October 2021
Video series: watch key insights shared on the Future of Work
18 months of upheaval in the shape of the pandemic has led to big questions for employers across the globe – many are still unsure how to answer. To support the launch of our flagship Future of Work [link] report, this video series offers digestible highlights across a range of topics including...
20 October 2021
The View from Brussels: Are we headed for a UK-EU Trade War?
The dispute over the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to the UK Withdrawal Agreement is proving hard to implement. The European Parliament Research Service has produced a useful summary . The UK government has even suggested reneging on it but pulled...
18 October 2021
Public Law Project: Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference 2021
We are delighted to be supporting the Public Law Project again in running its annual Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference. This year the conference will take place as a week of online seminars on the theme of 'accountability and the constitution'.
18 October 2021
Views on an evolving automotive industry - Using trade secrets to protect innovation
With the emergence of new technologies and innovation, such as connected autonomous vehicles and EVs, the use of trade secrets has grown in importance due to the immediacy of the protection trade secrets law offers offer and its ability to cover all types of information.
12 October 2021
The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast
In this podcast Steven Jacobs is joined by industry insider guests to discuss current issues in gambling law, sports law, and digital law. Their conversations focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling and sports laws past and present, and delve into the digital law space to cover topics...
11 October 2021
Cartel Intel – updates from our EMEA network
In this fourth edition of our quarterly update on key EMEA cartel developments, we are pleased to open with a short interview with Bo Vesterdorf , formerly a judge at and the President of the EU General Court and now a senior consultant with HSF. In the interview, Brussels Partner Daniel Vowden has...
08 October 2021
Onwards and Upwards: In celebration of Black History Month
Making the time and effort to understand each other's lived experiences is an important part of our commitment to building a more inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive. Capturing these experiences through the eyes of colleagues enables us to collectively take another step towards a society...