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07 September 2020

London International Disputes Week 2020

We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
06 July 2020

Paris Arbitration Week 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) 2020, which takes place between 6 and 10 July 2020.
26 May 2020

Madrid video updates: El papel del seguro de D&O en las reclamaciones penales contra consejeros

26 May 2020

Cyber security in focus

Our survey shows that trust companies consider cyber attack to be one of the greatest challenges they face.
26 May 2020

Manufacturing medicines in Australia: examining the need for increased domestic capability

There has been much discussion about the need for Australia to increase “sovereign capability” in domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing.
26 May 2020

Australian Federal Government eases continuous disclosure rules

Yesterday, the Australian Federal Government modified the continuous disclosure provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ( Corporations Act ) in an effort to provide temporary relief to companies and officers for a six month period from today.
26 May 2020

Has the Full Court 'Rokt' the boat

Commissioner of Patents v Rokt Pte Ltd [2020] FCAFC 86 is the most recent in a string of decisions by the Full Court of the Federal Court in which the Court has yet again rejected a computer-implemented invention in this instance a digital advertising system and method as patentable subject matter.
22 May 2020

Insurance articles for The In-House Lawyer magazine, Spring 2020 edition

The insurance team at Herbert Smith Freehills has contributed two articles to the latest edition of The In-House Lawyer magazine. The articles consider important insurance issues that in-house lawyers should be aware of, especially in the current market.
22 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Update for employers II (Global)

Update for employers: protecting health and safety and preparing for the return to work
22 May 2020

COVID-19: Governance: Holding AGMs during a pandemic (Australia)

We have been assisting a number of clients with contingency planning for their upcoming AGM, in light of recent guidance and emerging market practice.
22 May 2020

COVID-19: Initial responses of certain African countries (Africa)

More than 2 months after the WHO declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic on 11 March 2020, the epicentre of the outbreak has shifted from Asia, where it first appeared in late 2019, to the USA, which still has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. While initial fears were focused on...
22 May 2020

COVID-19: People: Job Retention Scheme (UK)

On 22 May 2020 the UK Government issued a new Direction amending the legal framework for claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We have updated our briefing on the Scheme below to reflect the changes, which are also highlighted in our blog post here .
21 May 2020

COVID-19: Governance: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill – major insolvency reforms proposed (UK)

The Government on 20 May 2020 published the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, which contains the most far-reaching reforms to UK insolvency law in over 30 years. The Bill has been introduced on an emergency basis in an attempt to ensure that otherwise financially viable companies survive...
21 May 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: foreign direct investment regulation – drawbridges continue to rise in response to the pandemic (Global)

Foreign direct investment (“ FDI ”) regulation has featured increasingly on the radar for cross-border M&A, against a backdrop of amplified protectionist rhetoric. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of countries which have traditionally been seen as open to foreign investment were...
21 May 2020

COVID-19: Governance: practical issues around signing and completion (UK)

Given the current restrictions on interaction which have been imposed by the UK Government and with a large number of people now working from home, it is not always possible to adopt the usual methods for signing and completing deals. We have summarised below some practical points to ensure...