17 August 2021
Fit for 55 – EU proposes energy taxation overhaul to meet its climate reduction targets
As part of the European Green Deal and the Fit for 55 legislative package, the European Commission introduced in July 2021 a legislative proposal for a recast of the Energy Taxation Directive. The amendments are intended to assist the EU in meeting its climate policy objectives, including the 55%...
29 April 2021
Scottish independence: implications for Great Britain’s single energy market, renewables and net zero
The prospect of a second independence referendum, like the first in 2014 (see our Routes and obstacles to a second Scottish independence referendum briefing), raises a number of issues for Great Britain’s single integrated energy markets for electricity and gas. This briefing takes an initial look...
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...
10 February 2021
Chile’s Decarbonization Strategy: Leading the Way by Example
Fighting climate change is a particularly relevant goal for Latin America since it is home to half of the planet’s biodiversity and over a quarter of its forests. 1 It therefore does not come as a surprise that all the Latin American and Caribbean countries ratified the Paris Agreement between 2016...
18 January 2021
UK Government's 10 point plan
The UK government recently announced a £12 billion “Ten Point Plan” to lead a “Green Industrial Revolution”. This plan aims to mobilise £42 billion of private investment by 2030 with the aim of reducing UK emissions by 180 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent between 2023 and 2032. The below...
11 January 2021
Green finance and innovation - point 10 of the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan
In the final limb of its Ten Point Plan (the Plan ), the Government acknowledges the significant investment required to achieve net zero through the developments and innovations elsewhere in the Plan. It seeks to leverage public and private sources of financing, increasing investment in research...
08 December 2020
Offshore wind – point 1 of the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan
The government’s recently announced “Ten Point Plan” reaffirms previously pledged support for the offshore wind industry, while introducing further supply chain requirements in the Contract for Difference ( CfD ) and trailing future updates to onshore and offshore network strategies.
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,...
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...
10 March 2020
Yes Minister - Proposed New powers to derogate from the NER
The National Electricity (Victoria) Amendment Bill 2020 ( Bill ) introduced by the Victorian Government on 18 February seeks to make it easier for the Minister to derogate from the National Electricity Rules ( NER ). So how will the Minister use their proposed new powers?
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...
18 October 2021
Public Law Project: Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference 2021
We are delighted to be supporting the Public Law Project again in running its annual Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference. This year the conference will take place as a week of online seminars on the theme of 'accountability and the constitution'.
12 October 2021
The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast
In this podcast Steven Jacobs is joined by industry insider guests to discuss current issues in gambling law, sports law, and digital law. Their conversations focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling and sports laws past and present, and delve into the digital law space to cover topics...
11 October 2021
Cartel Intel – updates from our EMEA network
In this fourth edition of our quarterly update on key EMEA cartel developments, we are pleased to open with a short interview with Bo Vesterdorf , formerly a judge at and the President of the EU General Court and now a senior consultant with HSF. In the interview, Brussels Partner Daniel Vowden has...
08 October 2021
Onwards and Upwards: In celebration of Black History Month
Making the time and effort to understand each other's lived experiences is an important part of our commitment to building a more inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive. Capturing these experiences through the eyes of colleagues enables us to collectively take another step towards a society...
06 October 2021
Webinar: Cross-border restructurings: how UK schemes may benefit businesses in Asia Pacific
Jurisdictions across the globe have sought to expand their restructuring toolkits – spurred on by Governments seeking to support business during the pandemic. This has had a significant impact on the options available when restructuring business in Asia Pacific.
06 October 2021
Taking the Floor: Government proposes to legislate a recovery presumption for funded class action group members
On 30 September 2021, the Department of Treasury opened consultation on new laws which, if enacted in their proposed form, will introduce new hurdles for litigation funders intended to ensure fairer returns for group members in future funded class actions.
05 October 2021
Government planning significant extension to UK's pensions notifiable events regime for corporates
The government has confirmed it plans to make long-anticipated changes to the UK's pensions notifiable events regime. The changes, first floated in 2018 and now confirmed (subject to consultation), are almost certain to mean that corporates will be required to give the Pensions Regulator and...
05 October 2021
Delivering Alternative Excellence
Fresh from scooping the title of Alternative Service Provider of the Year at the recently held African Legal Awards, Vanessa Kingsmill and Naseem Ameer-Mia of Herbert Smith Freehills chatted to Africa Legal’s Tom Pearson about their recipe for success.
05 October 2021
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security backs two step approach to adopting the security of critical infrastructure reforms
On 29 September, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security ( PJCIS ) published its advisory report on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. 1
04 October 2021
Cartel Intel: Interview with Bo Vesterdorf, former President of the EU General Court
In advance of the next edition of Cartel Intel , our quarterly update on key EMEA cartel developments, Daniel Vowden (Partner, Brussels) had the great privilege of discussing important recent EU legal developments with Bo Vesterdorf , formerly a judge at and the President of the EU General Court (...
01 October 2021
New pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions now in force
From today, directors, lenders, investors and other parties to corporate activity which may jeopardise the interests of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme face the spectre of criminal prosecution. The new pensions criminal offences and other regulatory sanctions which come into force today are...
30 September 2021
GAR Live: Energy Disputes 2021
The annual GAR Live: Energy Disputes conference is taking place in London this year, where experts from across the country and throughout Europe will join together for a hybrid event. The energy industry is currently in the midst of a pivotal shift with a growing demand for renewable sources. This...
30 September 2021
TMA submissions on Australian creditors’ scheme of arrangement consultation
On 2 August 2021, the Treasury released a consultation paper seeking feedback on changes to improve creditors’ schemes of arrangement in Australia (the Consultation Paper ). The submissions process has now closed.