17 February 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...
14 December 2020
Workplace change for the Covid recovery
Australian Industrial Relations reforms In May 2020, the government announced its intention to introduce workplace changes to support the rebuilding of a post-Covid economy. Join our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team as we unpack the headlines and follow the latest developments on...
01 December 2020
Deciphering the complex world of underpayment of wages: compliance and enforcement
There have been a number of recent examples of large Australian corporates disclosing that members of their workforce have been underpaid, demonstrating the challenges faced by employers in complying with a complicated system of Australian employment laws. We empathise with our clients in this...
27 November 2020
Predicting the future for “green” claims: The Full Federal Court provides guidance on representations as to future matters (Australia)
Marketing products as ‘environmentally friendly’ is an increasingly popular way for businesses to capture consumer attention. As the popularity of such ‘green’ marketing claims has increased, so has the ACCC’s scrutiny of these claims.
20 October 2020
International Arbitration in Australia in 2020 – state of play
International arbitration continues to play an increasingly important role in Australia. In this note we canvass some of the key developments in the international arbitration space in 2020, including: Recent judicial support for international arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards,...
21 August 2020
The cost of deceptive privacy statements: big fine for online platform highlights the importance of transparency when using personal information
Online health booking platform HealthEngine has been fined AUD$2.9m for deceptive conduct relating to the disclosure of personal information, and editing consumer reviews.
23 July 2020
Pressure points: Insurance cover for COVID-19 related financial losses? (Australia)
There has been significant debate about insurance coverage for financial losses associated with COVID-19. Uncertainty exists because of the absence of any ‘physical damage’ to insured property, 1 which typically triggers the ‘business interruption’ ( BI ) coverage in the industry standard...
08 July 2020
Exploring Opportunities: Acquiring IP assets in a changing world (Global)
As governments around the world take the first tentative steps to ease lockdown measures, people and businesses are beginning to focus on a return to work or at least a resumption of more normal business processes. However, it is clear that a large number of businesses, sadly, will not survive in...
26 June 2020
JD Sports appeals CMA prohibition decision citing impact of Covid-19 as a key consideration
JD Sports has filed an appeal with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) against the decision by the CMA to prohibit its acquisition of rival retailer Footasylum, with the appropriate treatment of Covid-19 a key area of dispute between the parties and the CMA.
10 May 2021
London International Disputes Week 2021
10 – 14 May 2021 Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud founding member of LIDW. London International Disputes Week 2021 comes at a significant period for the UK legal sector, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, post-Brexit and amid an uncertain global political environment. Through a programme of...
24 February 2021
2020 Australian IPO Review: Marketing in the ESG era
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues continued to gain traction at both the institutional and retail investor level during 2020, in some cases impacting on the type of ESG information included in prospectuses and other disclosure documents for companies’ public offerings.
24 February 2021
A tale of two halves: The 2020 Australian IPO Review
It gives us great pleasure to present A Tale of Two Halves: The 2020 Australian IPO Review . To access your copy of the full report click on the Download button above or to read on your mobile device, please click on the article links below.
24 February 2021
2020 Australian IPO Review: Regulatory developments
In 2020, regulatory developments in relation to IPOs have been relatively limited compared to previous years, with ASIC and ASX increasing their focus on regulation of secondary raisings during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the issue of ASIC class relief in relation to IPO communications and...
23 February 2021
Inside Arbitration - Issue 11
Inside Arbitration is intended to give our clients a personal insight by sharing with you the perspectives of our international arbitration partners from across the globe. Our articles look at the global landscape for disputes and dispute resolution, commenting on regional trends in particular...
22 February 2021
The evolution of Class Actions in South Africa
Unlike development driven by legislative reform, the evolution of the common law through the process of judicial precedent takes time. Here, development only occurs when the courts are seized with a case worthy of an evolutionary push and this means that, even when deficiencies in the law are self-...
19 February 2021
Australian Federal Government seeks to permanently ease continuous disclosure rules
On 17 February 2021, the Australian Federal Government proposed new laws which, if enacted, will make permanent the temporary relief from liability for certain breaches of a listed entity’s continuous disclosure obligations.