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8th October 2021
Making the time and effort to understand each other's lived experiences is an important part...
4th October 2021
As technologies like blockchain and AI tighten their grip on the modern economy, Herbert Smith...
15th September 2021
We are delighted to announce the release of our English law legal privilege web app...

Recent Articles

01 October 2021

New pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions now in force

From today, directors, lenders, investors and other parties to corporate activity which may jeopardise the interests of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme face the spectre of criminal prosecution. The new pensions criminal offences and other regulatory sanctions which come into force today are...
30 September 2021

GAR Live: Energy Disputes 2021

The annual GAR Live: Energy Disputes conference is taking place in London this year, where experts from across the country and throughout Europe will join together for a hybrid event. The energy industry is currently in the midst of a pivotal shift with a growing demand for renewable sources. This...
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.
30 September 2021

UPC latest news

Italy needs to fight for the UPC central division previously allocated to London
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...
23 September 2021


These chapters were first published by Chambers and Partners .
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.
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

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...
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,...
15 September 2021

Herbert Smith Freehills receives project finance and IFLR Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame awards at the IFLR Africa Legal Awards 2021

Herbert Smith Freehills has been named Project Finance Team of the Year at the IFLR Africa Awards 2021.