18 June 2020
Future Cities Series: Emissions down in lock-down – how can we lock-in the climate gains?
We are well into the pandemic and lockdown in many regions, so it is natural to ask the question, “ when will this end and when will we return to normal ”... The problem is, “normal” was not sustainable, in so many ways. Those of us in the energy industry particularly know that to be true. This...
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...
09 March 2018
SPAIN'S NEW PUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAW ENTERS INTO FORCE
Today sees the entry into force of practically all provisions of Law 9/2017, of 8 November 2017, on Public Procurement, which transposes Directives 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 February 2014, into Spanish law.
06 December 2017
CJEU ruling in Coty – greater online protection for luxury goods suppliers
In its hotly anticipated ruling in the Coty case , the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has held today that, in the context of a selective distribution system, a restriction imposed on an authorised retailer not to sell the goods through online third-party platforms does not infringe Article 101(1...
20 November 2017
The 10 main new features of Spain's new public procurement law
Finally, on 9 November, Spain's Official State Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado, or " BOE ") published Public Procurement Law 9/2017, of 8 November 2017, which transposes into Spanish law the Directives of the European Parliament and Council 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU, of 26 February 2014.
02 November 2017
Spain approves a new Spanish public procurement law
On Thursday 19 October, Spanish Congress approved a new Public Procurement Law, although it is still pending publication in Spain's Official State Journal (BOE). This law transposes European public procurement directives into Spanish legislation, in particular Directive 2014/24/EU of the European...
18 October 2017
UK Government consults on proposals to expand national security review of foreign investments beyond current merger control regime
On 17 October 2017 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy ( BEIS ) published its long-awaited Green Paper National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review for consultation. The Green Paper contains proposals to extend the UK merger control public interest intervention...
16 October 2017
Australian Government to heighten controls over critical electricity, port and water infrastructure assets
The Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017 (Cth) and its associated draft Security of Critical Infrastructure Rules 2017 (Cth) propose the establishment of a register of ownership interests and key control and operational information for critical infrastructure assets.
08 June 2017
QATAR PROJECTS - WHAT TO DO NOW
Yesterday, we published a client briefing on the immediate steps which you should take if you are affected by this week's decision by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, the Maldives and Yemen to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, and close all land, sea and air communications to the Emirate (click...
13 April 2017
Environmental laws trump Linc Energy creditors
Today the Queensland Supreme Court held that an insolvent company’s environmental obligations under State law were unaffected by the liquidators’ disclaimer of related property and resource tenures. This decision changes the previous understanding of liquidators’ powers and the order of priority in...
13 April 2017
Queensland environmental laws trump Commonwealth Corporations Act, liquidators are ’executive officers’
Today the Queensland Supreme Court confirmed that the liquidators of an insolvent company are ‘executive officers’ of that company under Queensland’s environmental laws, which means that the liquidators are required to use available funds to cause the company to comply with its environmental...
14 November 2016
Environmental ‘chain of responsibility’ draft statutory guideline released for consultation: The path clears ahead – but is it paved with certainty?
Today the Queensland Government released a draft statutory guideline to help clarify when ‘chain of responsibility’ EPOs ( CoRA EPOs ) will be issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) ( EP Act ).
15 September 2021
International Construction Law Conference 2021
King’s College London, Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, in collaboration with The Academy of Experts presents International Construction Law Conference 2021 Wednesday 15 September 2021 , held online and in person (restrictions permitting)* at King's College London starting at 09...
28 July 2021
Inside Arbitration: Spotlight on Antony Crockett
Antony is a disputes lawyer, specialising in public international law. He leads our global Business and Human Rights practice and is a member of the firm's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) leadership group. Originally from Australia, Antony has lived and worked abroad for most of his...
27 July 2021
The light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel: The disputes landscape and the outlook for arbitration
The approval and rollout of mass Covid-19 vaccinations across many parts of the world has prompted many to look ahead to a “post-Covid” world. For clients and practitioners of arbitration who have witnessed the almost overnight shift of arbitral practice into the virtual arena, that quest for a...
27 July 2021
The rising importance of ESG and its impact on international arbitration
Debates around corporate purpose dominated headlines in the months leading up to the Covid-19 outbreak. Intensified scrutiny of corporate conduct, governance and investment behaviours during the pandemic only served to accelerate the conversation around environmental, social and governance ( ESG )...
26 July 2021
Bills, Parliamentary reviews, industry consultations… the Australian cyber regulation maze is about to become even more complex
On 13 July, the Government published a discussion paper on potential reforms to make Australia more resilient to cyber security trends. The Government considers that the way to get there is to create stronger incentives for Australian businesses to invest in cyber security. Submissions on the...
26 July 2021
Class action leaders exchange views on industry and reform trajectories
In a webinar panel hosted by the Law Council of Australia and Australian Academy of Law, some of Australia’s leading class actions practitioners, including Jason Betts, Partner, have given their review of the state of the class action industry in 2021.
26 July 2021
Inside Arbitration: Spotlight on Dana Kim
Following her promotion this year, Dana is the first "home-grown" partner in our Seoul office, having joined the firm as an associate in 2013. A Korean national, Dana is qualified in New York and England and Wales. She has worked on arbitrations across Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore,...
22 July 2021
Summary of key EU Merger Control developments
Members of the HSF Brussels competition team have written their annual chapter as a contribution to the latest edition of the highly-regarded Global Competition Review (GCR) EMEA Antitrust Review, which provides a comprehensive summary of key recent EU merger control developments. The publication...
22 July 2021
The future of lending to the oil and gas sector
Intense, continued focus on sustainability has put pressure on the oil and gas sector to openly demonstrate its efforts to effect change across the environmental, social and governance (ESG) spectrum. The sector is still a critical one for energy transition, and for ensuring access to energy in...
22 July 2021
Innovation at the heart of the UK's wireless future and Ofcom's spectrum strategy
Following a consultation period which closed earlier this year, on 19 July 2021 Ofcom published its spectrum management strategy for the UK over the next ten years. The strategy prioritises the growth and innovation of wireless communication services, focusing on key areas, such as spectrum sharing...
21 July 2021
How much detail of potential claims is needed prior to renewal?
When it comes to renewing “claims made and notified” policies (such as D&O insurance and Professional Indemnity), policyholders must be careful to disclose full details of any facts known to them which have the potential to give rise to a claim, otherwise they run the risk of disentitling...
21 July 2021
Inside Arbitration - Issue 12
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...
20 July 2021
The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast on gambling law
This podcast, hosted by Steven Jacobs , will focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling laws past and present, telling the stories of the people affected by this sometimes-impenetrable and often-changing landscape, and providing insight on what will come next.