29 August 2018
Herbert Smith Freehills, Data61 and IBM create consortium to deliver smart legal contracts on blockchain to Australian businesses
DLT Co. (formerly known as the Australian National Blockchain) will help create a new technology platform to securely and transparently manage legal agreements. Herbert Smith Freehills, CSIRO’s Data61, and IBM have formed a consortium to build Australia’s first cross-industry, large-scale, digital...
27 July 2018
Recent regional developments in South East Asia
The last 20 years have witnessed Singapore's meteoric rise to become one of the most popular arbitral seats globally. As the results of our recent survey on enforcement of arbitral awards in ASEAN states demonstrate (see page 7), Singapore also leads the pack for effective and efficient enforcement...
10 July 2018
Corporate crime update, June 2018
Welcome to the June 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. For the full update on each jurisdiction, please click on the name of the jurisdiction below. Below we provide a brief...
05 June 2018
Corporate crime update, May 2018
Welcome to the May 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Below we provide a brief overview of what is covered in each update. Click...
25 January 2018
High speed rail projects – risks and opportunities
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Tokyo office recently welcomed some 70 clients and industry professionals to its 8th Annual Construction Conference. The theme of this year's conference was the growing global focus on high speed rail projects.
01 December 2017
Companies and the rights of people with disabilities: What actions should be taken?
As companies increase their efforts to comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("UNGP"), the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2017 provides an opportune time for a business to reflect on its efforts to respect and promote the human rights of...
29 November 2017
Corporate Crime Update, November2017
Welcome to the November 2017 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Click read more for the full article of each jursidiction. Below we...
30 August 2022
Reform of Spanish Insolvency Law
The Spanish government has very recently approved a reform of the Spanish Insolvency Law, which will enter into effect within 20 days of its publication in the Spanish Official State Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado), except for the third book of the restated Spanish Insolvency Law, which will...
24 August 2022
High Court gamble does not pay out for computer-implemented inventions in Australia
The High Court of Australia has delivered an equal-split judgment on the question of patentability of computer-implemented inventions. As a result, an appeal from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, 1 which found that Aristocrat’s patent claims to electronic gaming...
22 August 2022
The devil is in the detail: Federal Court of Australia rejects insurance claim for ransomware attack
Like all forms of insurance, the cover actually provided by policies which might be thought to cover losses arising from ‘cyber risk’ depends on the precise terms of the policy. Before placement, those terms should be carefully considered to ensure the cover is appropriate for the policyholder, in...
19 August 2022
Penalties for breaches of Australian competition and consumer law set to increase
On 18 August 2022, the Commonwealth Government released draft legislation proposing five-fold increases in the maximum penalties that apply to companies and individuals under Australia’s competition and consumer laws.
11 August 2022
When notification and disclosure collide
A claim under a Directors and Officers liability policy for investigation, defence and settlement costs has ended with the New South Wales Supreme Court 1 allowing some claims but denying others. The decision is a reminder of the importance of robust internal insurance reporting processes, and of...