30 January 2020
Unfolding privacy class actions in Australia
Claimants in Australia face a number of challenges to successfully bringing a privacy class action, including the absence of a clear cause of action and difficulties in quantifying loss. Despite the challenges, on 9 December 2019, the Supreme Court of NSW in Evans v Health Administration...
10 December 2019
The ACCC pilots its first ‘effect test’ in misuse of market power proceedings
On 6 December 2019, the ACCC launched its first enforcement proceedings under the new ‘effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power. The proceedings will provide much needed guidance as to how the much-debated ‘effects test’ will apply to unilateral conduct. It is noteworthy that the two...
29 July 2019
ACCC’s game changing digital platforms final report: 5 things you need to know
The ACCC is at the forefront of the global debate on the implications and consequences of digital platforms for competition and consumers. In its final report , the ACCC has approached the challenges and opportunities presented by digital platforms by adopting a holistic approach that takes account...
25 July 2019
Mandatory human rights due diligence on the cards in the US?
On July 10, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services opened debate on the discussion draft of a bill that would require publically listed companies to conduct human rights due diligence and report on their findings and responses.
13 March 2019
The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme has commenced: Are you required to register?
Australia’s “Transparency Register” under the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme is now live, with the time to register arrangements in existence at the date of the Scheme’s commencement expiring on 10 March 2019. We look at the Scheme, which was designed to provide transparency over foreign...
13 February 2019
The Final Report has been released and for those who followed the public hearings, the recommendations are not surprising. The regulators, ASIC and APRA, have been given increased regulatory scope and more tools to regulate. The key question is, following on from the Final Report, where next for...
09 July 2018
Comments on UK proposal for the future relationship with the EU
Last Friday, 6 July, it was understood that the UK Cabinet had finally united around a UK position on the desired future relationship with the EU. However, it now remains to be seen if the proposal survives the protests of “betrayal” heard from some quarters and the resignations of the Secretary of...
14 June 2018
Brexit 'The view from Brussels' – developments in June
The Brexit debate often looks different when viewed from Brussels rather than from London. That Brussels perspective however is important for businesses to keep in mind and therefore we publish a monthly view from our Brussels office on recent developments and the state of the negotiations. In this...
21 May 2018
Middle East anti-corruption regulations legal guide 2018
The Middle East region presents various anti-corruption challenges for businesses. These include difficulty in identifying politically exposed persons, prevalence of intermediaries in the conduct of business relationships and a widespread difficulty in accessing company ownership and financial...
16 March 2020
Panel Discussion: Driving efficiencies in arbitral practice
The International Arbitration Act 15 of 2017 has delivered the required framework for South Africa to become a truly international arbitration hub. The inaugural Johannesburg Arbitration Week, which takes place on 17-19 March 2020, will take a step towards this goal, exploring recent developments...
14 February 2020
Federal Court provides helpful guidance on a range of AFSL concepts
On 5 February 2020, the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision in Australian Securities and Investments Commission v One Tech Media Ltd  FCA 46 ( One Tech Media ). The Court found that One Tech Media Limited ( One Tech ), Allianz Metro Pty Ltd ( Allianz Australia ) and others had...
12 February 2020
Biometric myopia: Expanding the facial recognition debate
In the past six months, the global furore over public as well as private sector use of facial recognition technology has only increased. However, although this debate is increasing in volume, it is arguably not expanding in scope.
12 February 2020
A new era: what’s in store for tech regulation in 2020?
With headlines accumulating, and calls for regulatory action accelerating, 2019 ended the decade with the rise of the techlash and the end of ‘ permissionless innovation ’. As we move into the 2020’s with these long-simmering trends continuing to erupt, how will the race to regulate ‘big tech’ play...
10 February 2020
All together now: The important role that UK business has to play in wider society
In many jurisdictions there has been a considerable increase in focus on corporate governance issues in recent years. In particular, additional requirements have been introduced, or are being proposed, to the corporate governance landscape that seek to further widen social and stakeholder goals...
10 February 2020
Reforms to the audit market – major changes ahead
Recent years have seen an unprecedented focus on audit and auditors in the UK. This has been driven, at least in part, by a number of high-profile corporate failures as well as the perceived widening of the ‘audit expectations gap’, the difference between what users expect from an audit and the...
10 February 2020
Patent and Pharma Update, February 2020
Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector In this issue we report on the Supreme Court decision of Shanks v Unilever on employee inventor compensation. We update on two CJEU decisions relation to public access to documents submitted...
07 February 2020
Fighting for a consumer-friendly market: stricter rules in the EU
A spate of high-profile cases across the EU has brought the spotlight firmly on how to combat unfair commercial practices and increase consumer protection. The European Commission has been focussing on how to increase consumer protection and reinforce the EU's reputation for being a high quality,...
07 February 2020
The Future of Consumer Series
The Consumer industry is under constant pressure to keep pace with regulatory intervention and change; disruptive technologies; consumer preferences; and business model adaptations. In this series of insights we tackle these issues highlighting the legal challenges and consequences with the aim to...