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03 May 2018
South African mining outlook for 2018: Environmental and climate change resilience
The South African government has committed to reducing greenhouse gas ( GHG ) emissions to meet its nationally-determined contribution commitments in accordance with the Paris Agreement. In order to achieve these objectives, the South African government needs to implement regulatory and other...
09 March 2018
SPAIN'S NEW PUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAW ENTERS INTO FORCE
Today sees the entry into force of practically all provisions of Law 9/2017, of 8 November 2017, on Public Procurement, which transposes Directives 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 February 2014, into Spanish law.
06 December 2017
Queensland Election: What happens to the Sunshine State’s renewable energy projects?
A second term Palaszczuk Labor government purports to remain committed to renewable energy development in Queensland and is likely to face limited opposition from independent and minor party members, conditional upon renewables assisting in reducing the cost of energy. Uncertainty surrounding the...
23 November 2017
New Western Australian guideline on decommissioning
In the Petroleum Decommissioning Guideline published on 13 November 2017 ( Guideline ), 1 the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety ( DMIRS ) seeks to clarify how the government of Western Australia will approach the decommissioning of onshore and offshore registered petroleum assets...
20 November 2017
Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) Auction Scheme now taking bids
In response to Victoria becoming the first state to legislate for its renewable energy targets, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target 2017 Reverse Auction (the Reverse Auction ), will award commercial contracts which enable up to 650 megawatts ( MW ) of large-scale renewable energy generation (with...
20 November 2017
The 10 main new features of Spain's new public procurement law
Finally, on 9 November, Spain's Official State Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado, or " BOE ") published Public Procurement Law 9/2017, of 8 November 2017, which transposes into Spanish law the Directives of the European Parliament and Council 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU, of 26 February 2014.
08 November 2017
Queensland’s financial assurance reforms up in the air
As part of the Queensland Government’s crackdown on financial assurance ( FA ) and rehabilitation in the resources sector, the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2017 (Qld) ( FP Bill ) 1 was introduced on 25 October 2017 to propose significant reforms. However, following the...
29 June 2017
General Counsel Update, June 2017
This is the latest in our series of general counsel updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas. Please see a summary of contents below and you can click download above for a full copy. For more information, please contact Simone Pearlman , Editor.
21 June 2017
South African mining industry blindsided by Mining Charter III
Much controversy has surrounded the Reviewed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining Industry (“ Mining Charter III ”). Since a draft was published for public comment in April last year questions have arisen as to the lack of meaningful consultation by the...
08 June 2017
Renewable Energy Package for Queensland presents further investment opportunities
On 5 June 2017, the Queensland Government announced the $1.16 billion ‘Powering Queensland Plan’ ( Plan ). Among other measures, the Plan contains numerous initiatives to further stimulate investment in renewable energy projects in Queensland. Queensland will hold a state election on or before 5...
13 April 2017
Queensland environmental laws trump Commonwealth Corporations Act, liquidators are ’executive officers’
Today the Queensland Supreme Court confirmed that the liquidators of an insolvent company are ‘executive officers’ of that company under Queensland’s environmental laws, which means that the liquidators are required to use available funds to cause the company to comply with its environmental...
29 March 2017
Air Quality - 2017
The quality of the air we breathe remains a hot topic for 2017. A series of legal and political developments have catalysed growing concern among the public towards the health risks of air pollution, especially in urban areas. In this article, we consider the key topics and how businesses may be...
08 March 2017
Victorian Government’s Solar Certificate Tender
What is the Solar Certificate Tender? On 2 March 2017, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning ( DELWP ) released a Request for Tender ( RFT ) for the procurement of Large-scale Generation Certificates ( LGCs ) from up to 75 megawatts of new large-scale solar projects in...
01 November 2021
Exclusive Content: In Support of NBCF - Pink Ribbon 2021 with The Australian Ballet
In support of the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and breast cancer awareness month, we are delighted to bring you two exclusive on-demand videos featuring an update from NBCF and a focus on wellness from The Australian Ballet.
29 October 2021
COVID-19 Business interruption Insurance – Round 1 of Second ICA test case to insurers
Insurers have won the first round of the Second ICA test case on business interruption insurance cover for losses arising from COVID-19 related causes. But the devil is in the detail of Justice Jagot’s judgment, and if one key finding is reversed on appeal then policyholders with cover for...
28 October 2021
Tools down: a review of modern slavery obligations in the construction sector
The term "modern slavery" covers a range of serious human rights violations, including human trafficking, slavery, forced labour, debt bondage, and the worst forms of child labour. Some may assume that such grave offences could only occur in the most extreme circumstances, perhaps in developing...
25 October 2021
The final Senate report on Australia as a tech and finance hub – An opportunity missed
The Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre produced its Final Report on 20 October 2021 which supplements its recommendations in its first two interim reports. For the Committee’s recommendations in its second interim report, see our Article available here .
21 October 2021
Australian Consumer Law - 10 Years Old and Really Growing Up
During this session our diverse group of panellists, including representatives from the ACCC, Telstra and Choice, explored the impact of the ACL on corporate Australia, the role of enforcement as compared to other forms of regulatory persuasion, the management of ACL risks within a large...
18 October 2021
Public Law Project: Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference 2021
We are delighted to be supporting the Public Law Project again in running its annual Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference. This year the conference will take place as a week of online seminars on the theme of 'accountability and the constitution'.
08 October 2021
Onwards and Upwards: In celebration of Black History Month
Making the time and effort to understand each other's lived experiences is an important part of our commitment to building a more inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive. Capturing these experiences through the eyes of colleagues enables us to collectively take another step towards a society...
06 October 2021
Webinar: Cross-border restructurings: how UK schemes may benefit businesses in Asia Pacific
Jurisdictions across the globe have sought to expand their restructuring toolkits – spurred on by Governments seeking to support business during the pandemic. This has had a significant impact on the options available when restructuring business in Asia Pacific.
06 October 2021
Taking the Floor: Government proposes to legislate a recovery presumption for funded class action group members
On 30 September 2021, the Department of Treasury opened consultation on new laws which, if enacted in their proposed form, will introduce new hurdles for litigation funders intended to ensure fairer returns for group members in future funded class actions.
05 October 2021
Parliamentary intelligence body backs two-step adoption for Australia's new critical infrastructure bill
On 29 September, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security ( PJCIS ) published its advisory report on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. 1
05 October 2021
Government planning significant extension to UK's pensions notifiable events regime for corporates
The government has confirmed it plans to make long-anticipated changes to the UK's pensions notifiable events regime. The changes, first floated in 2018 and now confirmed (subject to consultation), are almost certain to mean that corporates will be required to give the Pensions Regulator and...
05 October 2021
Delivering Alternative Excellence
Fresh from scooping the title of Alternative Service Provider of the Year at the recently held African Legal Awards, Vanessa Kingsmill and Naseem Ameer-Mia of Herbert Smith Freehills chatted to Africa Legal’s Tom Pearson about their recipe for success.