18 December 2018
What use are “entire agreement” clauses on claims for pre-contractual misleading or deceptive conduct?
The High Court of England has recently affirmed 1 that an “entire agreement” clause does not exclude liability for misrepresentation. This article considers whether the law is the same in Australia and, if so, what is the point of an entire agreement clause?
07 December 2018
Increasing the cost of construction in the resources sector – Navigating the Building and Construction Industry Training Levy Amendment
As of 1 October 2018, amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund and Levy Collection Regulations 1991 (WA) ( Regulations ) came into operation. The amendments repealed the previous exemption for mining construction works, with the effect that a broad range of mining and...
07 December 2018
Insuring against cyber threats going into 2019
Cyber remains a very hot topic for all businesses, including in the mining sector. As projects become more automated, the potential for cyber disruption increases. Equally the controls and/or safety systems for a project may be some distance from the project itself, creating risks across a wider...
15 November 2018
New Legislation: A tectonic shift in Queensland’s financial assurance and rehabilitation framework passes
The new legislation has significant implications for resource sector EA holders. Impacted entities should consider the potential impacts on their mining operations and cash flow caused by the FP Act. Relevant steps should be taken by entities to prepare for the transition to PRCPs, the new FA...
08 November 2018
Second Wave of United States Sanctions Against Iran Re-Imposed
Following President Trump’s decision on May 8, 2018 to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), the US government announced that it would re-impose pre-JCPOA nuclear-related Iran sanctions (both primary and secondary) that were lifted under the JCPOA. As we...
27 September 2018
“Holding” DOCAs confirmed as valid by High Court of Australia
On 12 September 2018, the High Court of Australia ( High Court ) gave judgment in the case of Mighty River International Limited v Hughes ( Mighty River ). 1 In that decision, the High Court (by a 3:2 majority) held that a “holding” deed of company arrangement ( DOCA ) is valid.
14 September 2018
Internal Investigations and Privilege - update
The law of privilege is of particular importance in the present climate of intense regulatory and public scrutiny of corporate misconduct. Following significant corporate events or allegations of wrongdoing, companies often establish internal investigations to seek legal advice or in anticipation...
13 September 2018
Tanzania's new integrity pledge for mining companies: does it meet international best practice?
Since July 2017, the Government of Tanzania has introduced significant regulatory reforms to the mining industry (as well as the nascent upstream oil and gas industry). See our previous notes on these reforms here , here and here .
10 September 2018
Class Action Assault on UK PLCs for Acts of Subsidiaries
A recent trio of decisions 1 from the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has provided insight into the circumstances in which an English-domiciled company may be held liable in negligence to individuals affected by the acts of its overseas subsidiaries.
15 August 2018
Getting the deal through: Mining 2018 (South Africa Chapter)
The mining industry has historically been a key driver of the South African economy. Economic activity in modern-day Soth Africa has been centered on mining activities, their ancillary services and supplies. The country's stock exchange in Johannesburg was established in 1887, a decade after the...
01 August 2018
Indonesia’s foreign investment regime liberalised by new OSS system
In its efforts to encourage and accelerate investment, the Indonesian government has issued a set of regulations reforming existing business licence regulations and establishing an online one-stop business licensing system known as Online Single Submission (“ OSS ”). We believe this represents a...
27 July 2018
The temperature is rising on corporate crime in Australia Implications for company directors
Proposed corporate crime reforms will involve a sea change in director responsibility. Rather than directors reacting to issues that come to their attention like foreign bribery offences, it will be important for directors to take proactive steps to ensure such issues do not arise.
27 July 2018
Upheaval and uncertainty in mineral regulation in parts of Africa: Resurgence of resource nationalism highlights the importance of investment treaty protections
The last few months have seen significant changes to mining regulations in various African states, giving rise to a concern that a regional trend of resource nationalism may be (re-) emerging. In this context it is important for companies associated with the mining sector to be aware of the...
01 February 2019
Client Academy India
We are very proud to host our inaugural flagship event, the Client Academy India. This event, which will take place in Mumbai at the beginning of 2019, is aimed at bringing together a select group of the most senior legal advisers from major organisations across India for a full day programme...
23 January 2019
Fish oil capsules fail the sniff test for ‘Made in Australia’ claims
The Federal Court has issued its first decision on the new ‘substantial transformation’ test since the commencement of Australia’s new country of origin labelling laws. The decision clarifies the circumstances where a ‘Made in Australia’ claim can be made for products manufactured and sold in...
22 January 2019
Will 2019 elections shake up the Nigerian economy?
What to do about the economy, corruption and oil are just some of the issues dividing Nigerian politicians and splitting voters in the presidential and national assembly elections this year. Will it be more of the same for Nigeria in 2019, or will it be the year that offers the electorate a real...
14 January 2019
Preparing for Brexit: EEA Firms UK Temporary Permissions Regime (“TPR”)
The UK FCA and PRA propose to implement the TPR if the UK leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 without an implementation (or transitional) period, to ensure that EEA firms currently operating under an incoming passport (either from a UK branch or on a cross-border services basis into the UK)...
10 January 2019
11 weeks to Brexit: Updated Brexit Legal Guide
Without an intervening event, the UK will withdraw from the EU at 11pm on 29 March 2019. Otherwise much remains unknown. The negotiated withdrawal deal comprising a legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and non-binding Political Declaration is facing significant opposition in the UK and will not be...
09 January 2019
The Prague Rules: a brand new approach to arbitration?
The new Rules on the Efficient Conduct of Proceedings in International Arbitration (Prague Rules) launched last month in the Czech Republic and aim to provide a more efficient framework for arbitral procedure which can be used to streamline a dispute, reducing delay and costs. Their approach is...