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29 June 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: The Global Impact on the Mining Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis. The mining industry has sought to respond quickly to protect the health of its employees and its communities. These steps are in response to (and often ahead of) emergency measures and lockdowns implemented by governments...
26 June 2020

Pressure Points: Summary of Key Support And Guidance for Charities and Social Enterprises (UK)

This note sets out a high-level summary of key announcements regarding funding, support, and guidance available for social enterprises and charities as of 26 June 2020. Please note that changes and announcements are made regularly; updates should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
26 June 2020

JD Sports appeals CMA prohibition decision citing impact of Covid-19 as a key consideration

JD Sports has filed an appeal with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) against the decision by the CMA to prohibit its acquisition of rival retailer Footasylum, with the appropriate treatment of Covid-19 a key area of dispute between the parties and the CMA.
25 June 2020

Views on an evolving automotive industry: Responding to competition law challenges

The automotive industry is unquestionably evolving at considerable pace whether through advances in connectivity and autonomy in vehicles, developments in the way that consumers access and use vehicles or changes driven by the 'electric revolution' and the unprecedented industry disruption caused...
25 June 2020

CJEU rules that providing free samples of non-prescription drugs to pharmacists is permitted

On 11 June, the Court of Justice of the European Union (" CJEU ") ruled on the question of whether free samples to pharmacists of medicines may be supplied by pharmaceutical companies to pharmacists. The German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) had referred questions regarding the German...
25 June 2020

Can AfCFTA deliver on what it promises?

It is worth exploring whether the AfCFTA will indeed afford greater protection to investors across Africa and here in SA?
25 June 2020


Die Bundesregierung hat die weltweite Reisewarnung für nicht notwendige, touristische Reisen für die meisten Mitgliedsstaaten der EU, Schengen-assoziierte Staaten (Schweiz, Norwegen, Island und Liechtenstein) und das Vereinigte Königreich ab dem 15. Juni 2020 aufgehoben und durch individuelle...
25 June 2020

The UK's National Security and Investment Bill - the new foreign investment control regime: choices and direction

The UK Government has a significant choice to make over the next few weeks: it has to decide on its approach to protecting national security in a changing global landscape, while maintaining the country’s appeal - built up over the last 40 years - as an attractive and predictable jurisdiction for...
25 June 2020

People: Industrial relations reform in 2020? Here we go again... (Australia)

It is ironic that on 26 May, almost precisely one year after the 2019 Federal Election, the PM made important announcements about Australia’s industrial relations ( IR ) system. The irony of course arises from the quite radical IR proposals which were taken to the election by the Australian Labor...
24 June 2020

Tech Disputes webinar series

The increasing use of IoT, AI, big data, and smart technology is giving rise to complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes over IP, technology, software and data ownership. At Herbert Smith Freehills our Tech Disputes team leads the way in helping clients to navigate multifaceted high-value technology...
24 June 2020

Pressure Points: Preparing for the ‘new norm’ of on and off restrictions

As most of Australia contemplates the ongoing easing of emergency measures taken by State, Territory and Commonwealth governments in response to Covid-19, Victoria has announced it will extend its state of emergency until at least 20 July after a spike in cases. Further away, cities in China and...
24 June 2020

Pressure Points: Our new publication: Covid-19 Contract Disputes Guide (UK)

The economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic inevitably exposes businesses to heightened legal risk. In particular, counterparties may seek to delay, avoid performance and/or terminate agreements. This may be either because Covid-19 has legitimately prevented them from performing their...
24 June 2020

Pressure Points: Venture capital in Southeast Asia post-Covid-19 (Asia)

The Covid-19 pandemic has created significant economic challenges for industries world-wide. The Southeast Asia venture capital industry and the start-up ecosystem that it supports are no exception. Start-ups in particularly hard-hit industries have found themselves at risk in these uncertain times...
24 June 2020

Pressure points: Force majeure and Covid-19: the Paris Commercial Court’s interim relief judge (juge des référés) suspends the electricity suppliers’ obligation to purchase electricity from EDF (France)

The Covid-19 pandemic constitutes an unprecedented health crisis. Because of its unparalleled impact on the economy, businesses and contracts more generally, the crisis is of great interest to legal professionals. The upheavals that this crisis will bring with respect to the performance of various...
23 June 2020

Catalyst // Webinar Series

As markets move from response to recovery, our focus is shifting too. Looking ahead, we expect the global pandemic to operate as a catalyst, accelerating changes in human behaviour, driving forward scientific and technological advances, and ushering in further digitalisation and some tough choices...