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Legal Briefings | 07 August 2017

Country of Origin Food Labelling: Is your business ready?

From 1 July 2018, the Federal Government’s new Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standards ( Standard ) will change the way food products are to be labelled.
Legal Briefings | 07 August 2017

The EU-Japan Agreement in principle for an Economic Partnership Agreement at a glance

On 6 July 2017, the European Union ("EU") and Japan announced having reached an "agreement in principle" on a future Economic and Partnership Agreement ("EPA"). The final agreement, which both parties aim to conclude before the end of the year, is expected to boost EU-Japan trade by cutting red...
Legal Briefings | 04 August 2017

Contractor's design liability - primary role of output objective

On 3rd August 2017, the UK Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal in the case of E.ON v MT Hojgaard. The facts of the case and the decision of the Court of Appeal are set out in our earlier e-bulletin here . In allowing the appeal, the Supreme Court found that the contractor, having agreed to...
Legal Briefings | 03 August 2017

MAS consults on regulations for the provision of digital advisory services

In line with its recognition of the rapid expansion of and new products within the fintech sphere, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a consultation paper on 7 June 2017 on the provision of digital advisory services (ie advice on investment products using automated, algorithm-based...
Legal Briefings | 02 August 2017

Managing an Arbitration: Top tips for in-house counsel

Global arbitration Professional Support Consultants and Practice Managers Vanessa Naish and Hannah Ambrose present bite-size top tips on managing an arbitration for in-house counsel and the important role they play in the arbitral process.
Legal Briefings | 02 August 2017


The ICC has announced that it will be opening a representative office in the United Arab Emirates to service the Middle East and North Africa region. The office aims to be open by early 2018 in the new arbitration hearing centre of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in Al Maqam Tower on Al Maryah...
Legal Briefings | 02 August 2017

PRA adopts questionable approach to regulatory compliance

Recent comments made by Sam Woods, CEO of the PRA, about the PRA's approach to supervision are worrying. A speech prepared for this year's Building Societies Annual Conference (but not actually delivered) is relevant to all authorised firms, not just building societies. Parts of the speech are...
Legal Briefings | 01 August 2017

Arbitration clauses in Russia-related contracts: are your dispute resolution provisions fit for purpose?

In December 2015, Russia passed two laws 1 which introduced a number of changes to Russia's arbitration regulation in particular, to the Arbitrazh Procedure Code, the Civil Procedure Code and the Law on International Commercial Arbitration (collectively, the "Laws"). All three entered into force on...
Legal Briefings | 01 August 2017

Spotlight on Dr Patricia Nacimiento

Dr Patricia Nacimiento has a leading reputation in the world of both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Here she reflects on her career to date, the increasing role of public international law in disputes and the global nature of her practice.
Legal Briefings | 31 July 2017

Spotlight on: Simon Chapman, Partner Hong Kong

After Wadham College, Oxford and Nottingham Law School, Simon joined Herbert Smith's London office, where he was the first trainee in the firm's newly-established international arbitration group. He moved to Paris shortly after the London and Paris arbitration teams were formally integrated. And...
Legal Briefings | 31 July 2017

Arbitrating telecoms disputes: Dispute Resolution choices in a regulated sector

In this article, we take a high level look at the types of disputes which can arise in the telecoms sector and consider the circumstances in which arbitration may be the most appropriate method of dispute resolution. We will focus not on any particular market, but identify differences and...
Legal Briefings | 28 July 2017

Unsolicited takeover bids: lessons from the PPG – AkzoNobel saga

Leading Dutch paint maker, AkzoNobel, recently rejected three unsolicited takeover offers without any form of engagement with its bidder. Dissatisfied with the company’s response, a group of AkzoNobel shareholders led by activist investor Elliott Advisors initiated legal proceedings against the...
Legal Briefings | 28 July 2017

The Brickworks-Soul Pattinson cross-shareholding – oppression decision handed down following a Perpetual battle

The Australian Federal Court has recently delivered judgment in a highly publicised case in which institutional investor Perpetual Investment claimed that the maintenance of the cross-shareholding by two of its publicly traded investee companies, Brickworks Limited and Washington H Soul Pattinson...
Legal Briefings | 28 July 2017

Not so Spotless – recent Panel developments in relation to undervalue statements

In the recent Australian Takeovers Panel decision in relation to Spotless, the Panel outlined further what kind of information is expected to support an undervalue statement in the absence of an independent expert’s report. In this article we consider the issues explored in the Panel's reasons.
Legal Briefings | 27 July 2017

AG Opinion in Coty case –a ban imposed by branded/luxury goods suppliers on third-party online platform sales does not infringe competition rules

In his opinion in the Coty case published on 26 July 2017, Advocate General Wahl concludes that a restriction imposed on an authorised retailer (in the context of a selective distribution system) not to use third party platforms for online sales does not infringe Article 101(1) TFEU (the...