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19 November 2018

UK Cabinet agrees Brexit Withdrawal Agreement text– what was agreed and what next?

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19 November 2018

Arbitration clauses before the High Court of Australia

Last week the High Court of Australia heard the matter of Rinehart v Hancock Prospecting , a case that is likely to have wide-reaching implications for the interpretation of arbitration agreements in Australia. This matter raises an important question of principle: does a contractual clause...
16 November 2018

Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: Impact for data protection

Following a UK Cabinet meeting on 14 November 2018, the UK Government has announced support for the text of a draft Withdrawal Agreement and an outline of the Political Declaration on the Future Relationship agreed with EU negotiators. The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the arrangements for the UK’s...
15 November 2018

Navigating the Christmas season in the #MeToo era: 5 tips for planning a fun (and liability-free) work event

The spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace has never been brighter. The #MeToo movement has empowered people to draw a sharp line in the sand about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace. The number of high profile men – politicians, entertainers and business leaders, plus the...
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...
15 November 2018

UK Cabinet agrees Brexit deal – what was agreed and what next?

Following a UK Cabinet meeting yesterday afternoon the UK Government has announced support for the text of a draft Withdrawal Agreement and an outline of the Political Declaration on the Future Relationship agreed with EU negotiators. The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the arrangements for the UK's...
15 November 2018

Draft Withdrawal Agreement Approved by UK Cabinet – IP and Marketing Authorisation Provisions Summarised

As has been widely reported, the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (the Draft Withdrawal Agreement ), detailing the arrangements for the UK to leave the EU was agreed by the...
13 November 2018

The next step in legislating for the use of self-driving vehicles

The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 received Royal Assent in July 2018. While providing (in broad terms) for a system of civil liability where an accident is caused by an automated vehicle and establishing core definitions, the Act does not seek to address a number of important issues...
12 November 2018

The Sale of Land Act is set to change – here’s what you need to know

The Victorian Parliament has recently introduced a new bill which plans to restrict the use of sunset clauses in residential off the plan contracts, prohibit certain rent-to-buy agreements and terms contracts and altering the offence provisions for vendor disclosure obligations. If passed, the Bill...
12 November 2018

Real Estate: what developers need to know about the rising trend of short stay accommodation

The Victorian Parliament recently passed legislation to regulate short-term accommodation arrangements in apartments that are governed by owners corporations. The legislation will come into effect in February 2019. In summary, the legislation now gives power to the owners corporations and affected...
09 November 2018

ACCC to up the ante in consumer protection matters

The ACCC recently released its Annual Report for the 2017/2018 financial year. 1 As well as looking back at the ACCC’s performance over the year, for companies operating in the consumer and retail sectors, it also provides useful insights into where the ACCC is heading in the area of consumer...
09 November 2018

What’s the damage? – The Federal Court’s decision in Sigma v Wyeth

Justice Jagot’s recent decision (of more than 400 pages) in Sigma v Wyeth 1 is an Australian first. The judgment considers the damages payable pursuant to an undertaking given for the grant of an interlocutory injunction in a pharmaceutical patent case.
09 November 2018

Budget 2018 – Supporting Social Impact Innovation?

08 November 2018

European Union: Merger Control

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...