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Webinars | 05 October 2017

UPCOMING: Environmental and Human Rights Issues in Africa have International Implications - know what rights and remedies apply

Thursday 5 October 2017, 1.00 - 2.00pm BST
Events | 28 September 2017

Menas Breakfast Briefing – Nigeria

We would be delighted to see you at our next breakfast briefing organised with co-hosts Menas Associates.
Guides | 20 September 2017

South and Southeast Asia Private Equity Review

With 2017 marking the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and India steadily emerging as a sweet spot for private equity investors, it is timely that we discuss the investment trends across South and Southeast Asia in the private equity sector.
Legal Briefings | 20 September 2017

COAG Energy Council proposes to bypass the AEMC when making rules for energy security and reliability of the NEM or long term planning for the NEM

Draft legislation that will allow the Coalition of Australian Governments ( COAG ) Energy Council to bypass the current rule change processes by allowing the South Australian Minister to make rules under the National Electricity Law ( NEL ) and National Gas Law ( NGL ) (and to a limited extent the...
Legal Briefings | 19 September 2017

Superannuation regulatory pivot

On 14 September 2017, three important superannuation bills were introduced into Parliament: the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 1) Bill 2017; the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in...
Legal Briefings | 19 September 2017

EU proposals for the screening of foreign direct investments

On 13 September 2017 the EU Commission unveiled a set of proposals for the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU.
Legal Briefings | 18 September 2017

Competing class actions: When is a permanent stay of a proceeding warranted?

We now have greater clarity regarding the principles to be applied when competing (and substantially identical) class actions are filed against a single defendant based on the same set of circumstances.
Legal Briefings | 18 September 2017

Use of ATE insurance as security for costs

In the decision of Petersen 1 in June this year, the Federal Court of Australia confirmed that an appropriately worded “adverse costs” or “after the event” ( ATE ) insurance policy could constitute sufficient security for a defendant’s costs, but ruled that the policy in question was insufficient.
Legal Briefings | 18 September 2017

VLRC review into Litigation Funding and Group Proceedings

On 17 July 2017, the Victorian Law Reform Commission ( VLRC ) released a consultation paper as the next step in its review of the potential risks and cost burdens for litigants when using the services of litigation funders and/or participating in group proceedings. 1
Guides | 18 September 2017

GDPR made simple - Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

The Pensions team at Herbert Smith Freehills have collaborated with the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) to produce a "Made Simple" guide to help pension trustees prepare for the arrival of the GDPR , and to illustrate how they can best ensure GDPR-readiness in advance of 25 May...
Legal Briefings | 18 September 2017

Whistleblower protections

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services ( Committee ) has proposed widespread reform to whistleblowing legislation in Australia.
Legal Briefings | 18 September 2017

Infrastructure trends - #2: Demographics are driving greenfield projects

In this series of short articles we look at the current trends affecting infrastructure investment in Australia . This article considers trend #2 – how demographics are driving greenfield infrastructure projects.
Legal Briefings | 15 September 2017


On 11 September 2017, two major reforms to Australia’s insolvency laws – an insolvent trading safe harbour and a restriction on the enforcement of ipso facto rights in certain circumstances – passed through the Senate with certain amendments being made at the final hour. The Bill now awaits royal...
Legal Briefings | 15 September 2017

Guidance on the Unitary Patent from Herbert Smith Freehills and the EPO

Want to know how to obtain the new unitary patent right that will become available across 26 of the 28 EU member states (including the UK) once the Unified Patent Court is established? Wondering how the new right will impact on your patent portfolios and licensing schemes?
Legal Briefings | 14 September 2017

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