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22 May 2019

The pros and cons of China's 'flexible approach' to Belt and Road

The Belt and Road Initiative has an ambitious scale and timetable. So it is hardly surprising that a development initiative involving 130 countries and 30 international organisations has sought a highly flexible approach.
22 May 2019

CMA director disqualification cases signal greater focus on individual liability for breach of competition rules

On 10th May 2019 the CMA secured the disqualification of three former directors of companies involved in a bid rigging cartel in the design, construction and fit-out services sector. The three directors have given legally binding disqualification undertakings under which they will be banned from...
21 May 2019

A new Aboriginal heritage system for WA

In March 2019, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs released a discussion paper outlining proposals for reforming the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) ( Discussion Paper ). The 31 May 2019 date for lodging a submission in response to the Discussion Paper is fast approaching. Any person with land or...
21 May 2019

When do you have a binding contract? It may be more (or less) often than you think

Sometimes what appears to be an agreement is not in fact binding, for example because it is incomplete or its terms are uncertain, or perhaps because the necessary contractual intention is lacking.
21 May 2019

Foreign Direct Investment Podcast: Episodes 1-4 now available

Herbert Smith Freehills and Global Counsel have joined forces to explore the key issues affecting foreign direct investment from a legal and political perspective. Each podcast looks at how specific regimes across the world shape wider global trends, covering what transacting parties should be...
20 May 2019

The next step in the battle for data? EU Commission opens formal investigation into Ireland's insurance market

On 14 May 2019, the EU Commission (" the Commission ") announced that it has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Insurance Ireland, an association of insurance companies active in Ireland (" Investigation "). The association administers a database (Insurance Link), to which its member...
20 May 2019

Africa Day 2019 celebration in London

Join us at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP for an event in honour of international Africa Day on Monday 20 May 2019. Africa Day is a global annual celebration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, as well as independence and development across the continent.
17 May 2019

Consumer data right: Briefing and State of Play

Herbert Smith Freehills’ update on the implementation of the Consumer Data Right ( CDR ) in Australia ahead of the federal election.
17 May 2019

Asia Pacific Employment Law Guide 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills' global Employment Pensions and Incentives (EPI) practice is pleased to launch the 2019 edition of our Asia Pacific Employment Law Guide.
17 May 2019

Industrial Relations Law Reform Agenda Summary

We’ve had such a demand for our summary of the proposed industrial relations reforms we’ve decided to make them publicly available here.
16 May 2019

The Dynamics of Diversity

Organisational diversity is not a new concept. It is increasingly being recognised that a diverse workforce and leadership team are not only necessary but also a strategic asset. Less well understood are the reasons why diversity initiatives either flourish or founder, if they are implemented at...
16 May 2019

A mega boost for the mega projects of the future

At a business breakfast in Perth on Wednesday 15 May, Bill Shorten announced an important policy the ALP will pursue if it achieves Government after this weekend’s election. The initiative will enable greenfield enterprise agreements to be struck for a period which covers the whole of the...
15 May 2019

A Gig Deal – ‘Gig Economy’ Regulation Initiatives at the Federal Level

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has a broad industrial relations platform that it is promoting in the lead up to the federal election. However, one key policy that has been set since early 2018 is a ‘crackdown’ on what is described as the ‘casualisation of Australia’s workforce and insecure work...
14 May 2019

Australian Federal Election Reforms Podcast: Episodes 1-2 now available

As part of Herbert Smith Freehills’ series on the employment and industrial relations reforms leading up to the Australian federal election, the inaugural podcast focuses on the Australian Labor Party’s policy platform. Future podcasts will focus on specific subject areas in more details.
14 May 2019

Alumni: The Grand Reunion - London 2019