31 May 2021
A climate change duty of care: Sharma v Minister for the Environment
The recent decision of Justice Bromberg in Sharma v Minister for the Environment  FCA 560 found that a novel duty of care is owed by the Minister for the Environment to Australian children who might suffer potential “catastrophic harm” from the climate change implications of approving the...
30 March 2021
New ACICA 2021 Arbitration Rules
The Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration ( ACICA ) has unveiled revised Arbitration Rules due to enter into force in April 2021. As arbitration continues to be on the rise in Australia, and ACICA enjoys record caseloads, the 2021 ACICA Rules set out ACICA’s vision for the...
19 January 2021
UK Export Development Guarantee scheme: supporting UK exporters to access liquidity
An increasing number of UK manufacturing and industrial companies including Rolls-Royce and the UK's two largest airlines have recently turned to UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK government’s export credit agency for trade finance and insurance, to provide guarantees to assist with accessing...
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...
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...
21 July 2020
Using big data to fight financial crime
In a regulatory environment which demands ever higher standards for anti-money laundering ( AML ) compliance, many financial institutions have responded by significantly increasing headcount in their AML functions, often at significant cost. However, an investment in headcount alone may not yield...
21 July 2020
Regulators lead businesses in monitoring of misconduct
As regulators and law enforcement increasingly rely on advanced data analytics for monitoring and surveillance, the risk is growing that they will detect misconduct by employees and customers that has gone undetected by a company’s own internal systems.
09 June 2020
Governance: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill: impact on supply chains and their customers (UK)
Update ; The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 commenced into effect on 26 June 2020. While the final provisions of the Act largely reflected the drafting of the original Bill, certain amendments were made including to: (i) improve the information available to certain pensions creditors...
04 July 2022
Unbundling Competition: Asia competition law podcasts
In this podcast, members of the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition, Regulation and Trade team examine key competition law and related regulatory developments. In each instalment, we update you on the latest developments across Asia, as well as those affecting Asian businesses around the world,...
30 June 2022
Asia-Pacific Competition Law Guide 2022
We are pleased to announce the launch of the sixth edition of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia-Pacific Competition Law Guide. Since the previous edition of the guide and in the context of the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, competition authorities across the Asia-Pacific region have...
29 June 2022
Trust Companies see cyber security as key business risk
Our survey confirms that trust companies continue to see cyber security as a key business risk. This is in line with companies in other areas: in IBM's 25 th edition of "The CEO Study", drawn from interviews with 3,000 CEOs worldwide, CEOs ranked cyber risk as their greatest organisational...
27 June 2022
Australia’s new employee stock ownership plan disclosure exemptions present a stark choice
New reforms designed to expand access to employee equity and reduce red tape by removing disclosure and other regulatory requirements will come into force in October – but the reality is they will present companies with a stark choice when offering equity in Australia to employees.
23 June 2022
Trust Companies Survey 2022: Beneficiary Disputes
Respondents continue to identify Beneficiary Disputes (ie disputes between the trustee and one or more of the beneficiaries) as a significant challenge. However, trustees' primary concerns remain in other areas, with Beneficiary Disputes ranking as the sixth most pressing issue. In this article, we...