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03 August 2021
Shipwrecked in the Federal Court: ACCC suffers comprehensive loss against NSW Ports
The Federal Court has handed down its decision in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v NSW Ports Operations Hold Co Pty Ltd  FCA 720, rejecting the ACCC’s case that the NSW State Government’s port privatisation process contravened the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ( CCA )...
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...
10 March 2021
Arbitration in Australia
On 9 March 2021, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration ( ACICA ) released the inaugural Australian Arbitration Report ( Report ). The Report analysed data obtained by ACICA and FTI Consulting in the inaugural Australian Arbitration Survey ( Survey ). The Survey collected...
12 May 2020
Full Federal Court dismisses ACCC’s appeal against Pacific National’s intermodal terminal acquisition
The Full Federal Court has dismissed the ACCC’s appeal in respect of its case against Pacific National and Aurizon. 1 In dismissing the ACCC’s appeal, the Full Federal Court confirmed the test to be applied when assessing whether a firm’s conduct will be likely to have the effect of substantially...
18 February 2020
Covid-19: Governance: Insurance losses and considerations for policyholders (Australia)
The various restrictions being put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 are causing significant disruption to supply chain logistics for businesses all over the world. Many Australian policyholders are asking: can the adverse financial consequences of the interruption be claimed on insurance...
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...
01 March 2019
Statutory limitation period for a court action to be filed against insurers runs from the date of the loss, not the date of declinature
Key takeaways The New South Wales Court of Appeal has held that a policyholder’s cause of action against an insurer arises when the insured event occurs, not when indemnity is declined and, as a result, a policyholder’s court proceedings which were commenced more than 6 years after the date of the...
08 November 2018
Second Wave of United States Sanctions Against Iran Re-Imposed
Following President Trump’s decision on May 8, 2018 to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), the US government announced that it would re-impose pre-JCPOA nuclear-related Iran sanctions (both primary and secondary) that were lifted under the JCPOA. As we...
10 October 2018
ACCC orders port of Newcastle to reduce charges for Glencore
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has determined that Port of Newcastle Operations must reduce the current charge for ships entering the port carrying Glencore’s coal by around 20%. As the first substantive arbitration under the National Access Regime, the determination provides...
11 May 2018
Court of Appeal upholds policyholder’s right to recover costs of ‘voluntary’ remediation works
The NSW Court of Appeal has recently confirmed that a policyholder is entitled to recover under its liability policy the costs of ‘voluntarily’ remediating accidental damage in compliance with statutory obligations, even where there had been no prosecution or third party claim against the...
24 March 2023
Gone but not forgotten: Combatting Corporate Crime Bill lapsed but combatting bribery remains in focus
Whatever happened to the Combatting Corporate Crime Bill? A recent OECD Report shows the Australian Government has not given up on anti-bribery law reform and police and prosecutors are actively pursuing foreign bribery matters.
23 March 2023
Tech, consumers and the ACCC: a continued focus on compliance with the Australian Consumer Law
The ACCC’s new Chair, Ms Gina Cass-Gottlieb, has signalled that the year ahead for the tech sector will entail a continuation of focussed regulatory scrutiny, particularly through the consumer protection lens. We refect on five recent ACCC speeches and announcements which have reiterated the...
21 March 2023
Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency in Asia Pacific 2023
Our 2023 edition of the Guide to Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency in Asia Pacific is a resource for corporates, financiers, creditors, funds, directors and other stakeholders exposed to financially distressed companies in the region.
20 March 2023
Australian High Court smooths out wrinkle in trade mark law: Reputation not relevant to ‘deceptive similarity’ test of infringement
The High Court has clearly set out in Self Care v Allergan that the reputation of a trade mark is not relevant when assessing deceptive similarity in infringement proceedings. 1 In a unanimous decision, overruling a three-judge bench of the Full Federal Court, the High Court held that Self Care did...
20 March 2023
2023 Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement
The 2023 edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement has been launched. Our Guide is designed to provide a helpful summary of some of the key legal and regulatory issues that arise in connection with Australian takeovers and schemes.
16 March 2023
Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Webinars
In case you missed it, you can access our previous Employment & IR briefing and Safety Leadership Series webinars below. Join our expert briefings for the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space. In these short sessions,...