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19 July 2019

Today NSW Government confirms significant security of payment reforms will commence in October 2019

The NSW Government has significantly reformed NSW’s security of payment legislation, through an amendment Act which was passed into law in November 2018 and an amendment Regulation which was published (in the same form as the public consultation draft) today.
18 July 2019

Moscow Corporate crime and investigations newsletter - July 2019

This newsletter summarises recent Russian regulation, enforcement and court practice developments which may be relevant for doing business in Russia from corporate crime and investigations perspective. Additionally, this newsletter spots some US and other relevant developments which should be kept...
18 July 2019

Asia Pacific Guide to Privilege 2019

We are pleased to launch the 2019 edition of our Asia Pacific Guide to Privilege.
17 July 2019

Improving gender equality in Intellectual Property

Our IP colleagues Rebekah Gay , Partner, Jonathan Turnbull , Partner, Emily Bottle , Senior Associate and Rachel Montagnon , Professional Support Consultant were recently interviewed by World IP review (WIPR) as part of an ongoing campaign to highlight and improve gender diversity in IP and to...
17 July 2019

Inside arbitration: The role of arbitration in employment-related disputes

Practical uses and limitations In this article, Paul Goulding QC of Blackstone Chambers, Peter Frost, London and Barbara Roth, New York, Partners in Herbert Smith Freehills' contentious Employment practice, and Hannah Ambrose, Senior Associate in the Global Arbitration practice, explore the growing...
17 July 2019

Modern Slavery: UK Government responds to Independent Review

The UK Government has published its response to the independent review of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, together with a consultation paper on proposed changes to the statement on transparency in supply chains required under section 54 of the Act . If implemented, these changes could increase the...
17 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Arb-Italia: Italy's continuing commitment to arbitration

In litigation-saturated Italy, arbitration has often been cited as an attractive alternative form of dispute resolution. However, its uptake has been somewhat slower than anticipated. Legislators and arbitral practitioners have taken various steps in the past years to promote an arbitration-...
16 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Interview with Paula Hodges QC: President of the LCIA

Paula Hodges QC's career is pretty remarkable. Head of Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Arbitration Practice, she is ranked as one of the leading arbitration practitioners in the world. During her career to date she has had no shortage of interesting cases, involving clients from across the world,...
16 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Cybersecurity matters: Arbitration away from prying eyes

One of the many reasons that companies choose to resolve disputes through arbitration over court litigation is the ability to keep their disputes and the outcome of their disputes private. Arbitration is often chosen to resolve highly sensitive disputes, and being a truly international dispute...
16 July 2019

Inside Arbitration: Choice of arbitral seat: Is Paris under threat?

Choice of arbitral seat is one of the crucial decisions in any contractual negotiation and can have a direct impact on the ease with which parties are able to resolve their disputes. Indeed, many arbitration users and practitioners consider that, in some circumstances, the choice of seat is more...
16 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Commercial arbitration in Europe: What does the future hold outside Paris?

In a period of change, transition and reflection across Europe, and following our article on Paris, our arbitration partners in our European offices share their thoughts on what the future holds for arbitration in their jurisdiction and more widely.
16 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Spotlight article: Eduardo Soler-Tappa and David Arias

12 July 2019

Modifying patented goods post-sale: repairing or remaking?

A recent decision by the Full Federal Court has shed further light on the rights of businesses when selling or acquiring patented goods. The Court has made clear that modifications that go beyond mere repair and instead ‘remake’ or ‘repurpose’ the product will infringe the underlying patent.
11 July 2019

Patent and Pharma Update, July 2019

Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector In this issue we report on the implementation of the controversial SPC waiver, as well as a new SPC referral from the Swedish Court of Appeal. We consider a change to the Patents Court Guide...
11 July 2019

Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate

Innovation that happens in an "open" collaborative context – either internally or with external partners - can provide faster, better, more holistic results to accelerate innovation and improve competitive advantage, concludes our new report: Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate , based on "...