Latest Thinking

Global perspectives and local insights from our legal experts

Filter by Location

Filter by Sectors

Filter by Services

Filter by Article Type

Recent Articles

07 September 2020

London International Disputes Week 2020

We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
06 July 2020

Paris Arbitration Week 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) 2020, which takes place between 6 and 10 July 2020.
22 May 2020

Insurance articles for The In-House Lawyer magazine, Spring 2020 edition

The insurance team at Herbert Smith Freehills has contributed two articles to the latest edition of The In-House Lawyer magazine. The articles consider important insurance issues that in-house lawyers should be aware of, especially in the current market.
22 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Update for employers II (Global)

Update for employers: protecting health and safety and preparing for the return to work
22 May 2020

COVID-19: Governance: Holding AGMs during a pandemic (Australia)

We have been assisting a number of clients with contingency planning for their upcoming AGM, in light of recent guidance and emerging market practice.
21 May 2020

COVID-19: Governance: practical issues around signing and completion (UK)

Given the current restrictions on interaction which have been imposed by the UK Government and with a large number of people now working from home, it is not always possible to adopt the usual methods for signing and completing deals. We have summarised below some practical points to ensure...
21 May 2020

COVID-19: Governance: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill – major insolvency reforms proposed (UK)

The Government on 20 May 2020 published the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, which contains the most far-reaching reforms to UK insolvency law in over 30 years. The Bill has been introduced on an emergency basis in an attempt to ensure that otherwise financially viable companies survive...
21 May 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: foreign direct investment regulation – drawbridges continue to rise in response to the pandemic (Global)

Foreign direct investment (“ FDI ”) regulation has featured increasingly on the radar for cross-border M&A, against a backdrop of amplified protectionist rhetoric. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of countries which have traditionally been seen as open to foreign investment were...
20 May 2020

National Portrait Gallery, London

Exclusive Video Tours of David Hockney: Drawing From Life and Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things
20 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Job Retention Scheme and Pensions (UK)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS"), announced on 20 March 2020 and opened for claims on 20 April, has now been extended for the second time. Originally due to end on 31 May, then 30 June, the Chancellor announced on 12 May that it will remain in place and available to all sectors through...
20 May 2020

Covid-19: Pressure Points: New German FDI rules (Germany)

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...
19 May 2020

COVID-19: Webinar series (Global)

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant health, social and economic challenges world-wide, forcing governments and businesses to critically assess the impact to their people, operations and governance. We understand that navigating the pace of change, whilst also dealing with immediate issues...
19 May 2020


We asked trust companies questions about the most significant risk and compliance issues they face. The respondents identified tax compliance issues as the fourth most significant challenge.
19 May 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: Business and respect of human rights (Global)

The current COVID-19 crisis is putting businesses under unprecedented levels of pressure, in terms of time, finances and operations. Meanwhile, human rights within businesses and their value chains are at risk, particularly in countries where labour laws and social systems offer limited protection...