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30 September 2021

TMA submissions on Australian creditors’ scheme of arrangement consultation

On 2 August 2021, the Treasury released a consultation paper seeking feedback on changes to improve creditors’ schemes of arrangement in Australia (the Consultation Paper ). The submissions process has now closed.
30 September 2021

ASIC’s views on stub equity: one year into new rules

One year after adopting new rules for stub equity scrip consideration in takeovers and schemes, ASIC has emphasised its view that target directors and experts should be including a recommendation or opinion on stub equity scrip consideration or giving reasons why no opinion is provided.
29 September 2021

Pensions Regulator issues final policy on enforcing pensions criminal offences

The Pensions Regulator has today published its final policy on investigating and prosecuting the new pensions criminal offences of causing a material detriment to a defined benefit ( DB ) pension scheme and avoiding an employer debt, which come into force on 1 October 2021. Following criticism that...
28 September 2021

Australian Public M&A Report 2021

The 13 th edition of our Australian M&A report finds public bids roaring back into life as a wave of marquee deals sweep the market. We track the transactions and trends you need to know about.
23 September 2021

GAR Live: Construction Disputes

We are proud to be a conference supporter at the GAR Live Construction Disputes event to be held in Paris. This will be held as part of Paris Arbitration Week.
23 September 2021


These chapters were first published by Chambers and Partners .
23 September 2021

Remote/Controlled = The new trust equation

Radical upheavals in working life are taking hold at a global level as remote and hybrid working leave lasting changes across industries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, employers are more inclined to advocate about geopolitical and social issues, use technology to manage and...
22 September 2021

Insurer confirmed to have waived its rights goodbye

By a 2-1 majority, the Full Court of the Federal Court has upheld last year’s decision to treat an insurer’s confirmation of coverage as being binding
22 September 2021

UPC: Jurisdiction and "opt-out"

Once the Unified Patent Court (UPC) comes into effect, and after the transitional period of 7 years (at least), the court system will have exclusive jurisdiction over UPs and all EPs designated to participating EU Member States (unless these EPs have been opted out of its jurisdiction). The UPC...
22 September 2021

The UPC Rules

In April 2017, the UPC Preparatory Committee released an updated version of the 18 th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure (with the amendments being dated 15 March 2017). There has been no further update since then. The UPC Preparatory Committee site states
21 September 2021

Employment and Industrial Relations Workplace Training Programs – 2022

Our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team is pleased to offer our program of employment, industrial relations and safety training in 2022.
17 September 2021

Public Law – The Podcast Series

From Covid-19 to consumer disputes, our podcast series dissects the key issues in the fast-moving public law field
17 September 2021

The Unified patent court and unitary patent – Introduction

A new patent right and patent enforcement system is coming for patent protection in the Europe which the new court's Preparatory Committee states is likely to start mid-2022. There are two main elements: A Unified Patent Court ( UPC ) which will have jurisdiction over all European patents (current...
16 September 2021

Employment podcast - Don't you know you're toxic?

The latest in our Employment Espresso pods series asks how to spot - and address - a toxic workplace culture
15 September 2021

The Herbert Smith Freehills Legal Privilege Web App

We are delighted to announce the release of our English law legal privilege web app. Following on from the very positive feedback which we have received from clients over recent years on our Handy Client Guide to Privilege, our team has developed a digital version which makes the analysis quicker,...