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01 September 2022

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Webinars

In case you missed it, you can access our previous Employment & IR briefing and Safety Leadership Series webinars below. Join our expert briefings for the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space. In these short sessions,...
01 September 2022

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Podcasts

Join our experts as they discuss and share their views on the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space covering areas such as underpayment compliance, annualised salary provisions, industrial manslaughter laws and what key...
31 August 2022

The IP in NFTs – Strategies for protecting your brands and products in the metaverse

As more businesses explore the emerging world of NFTs and virtual landscapes, our experts assess the risks and how to protect your intellectual property
31 August 2022

Australian Government mulls new measures to toughen Modern Slavery Act

The new Labor government consults on a more muscular approach as landmark legislation undergoes first three-year review
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...
30 August 2022


With firms and households facing surging costs, we explore how the Government could tackle the deepening energy emergency
30 August 2022


We are pleased to share Infinite Possibilities , our first-ever publication focusing on autism. It is a collection of inspiring personal stories written by our people and friends of the firm who are either themselves autistic or closely related to someone on the spectrum. It highlights the hugely...
26 August 2022

Class Actions Fireside podcast series

Our series charting group actions in Australia brings you the latest developments in accessible video and podcast form
26 August 2022

Designated: A Sanctions Podcast Series

25 August 2022

Second Scots independence referendum floated – A Q&A Update

We assess the key commercial and legal issues as Scottish politicians press hard for a new independence vote in 2023
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...
24 August 2022

Australian Government consults on three-year review of Modern Slavery Act 2018

On 22 August 2022, the Australian Government released an issues paper on the effectiveness of the first three years of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 for public consultation.
23 August 2022

HSF-NLU Delhi International Negotiation Competition

This year will see the return of the Herbert Smith Freehills-NLU Delhi International Negotiation Competition after a two-year break due to the pandemic.
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.