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28 November 2018

PE Pulse

Welcome to the first edition of the PE Pulse.
27 November 2018

The Anti-Corruption Landscape in Africa: an Update

Recording: Tuesday 27 November 2018
26 November 2018

Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Workplace Training Programs - Melbourne 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills continues its highly successful employment law programs in 2019.
26 November 2018

Court refuses to aggregate deductibles for a policyholder bank the subject of a class action

The NSW Supreme Court has applied a strict interpretation of the aggregation clause in a liability policy by refusing to deem the claims of group members in a class action to be a single claim for which only one deductible (or excess) applied. 1 This meant that the policyholder’s coverage for a $6...
23 November 2018

EU agreement on proposals for the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU

On 20 November 2018 negotiators representing the three European institutions (the Parliament, the Council and the Commission) agreed on a new co-operation mechanism for the review of foreign investment in EU Member States. The agreement is based on a draft Regulation setting out the proposal as...
21 November 2018

Competing class actions are again in the spotlight

The Full Federal Court has confirmed that the Court has the power to solve the growing problem of competing class actions and stop copycat class actions in their tracks.
20 November 2018

2018 Global Bank Review

The 2018 edition of our Global Bank Review, Culture Club , explores the complex yet important questions around culture that banks and regulators have been considering of late. We also delve into several other areas including the growth of “RegTech”, the emergence of crypto-laundering and the impact...
19 November 2018

UK Cabinet agrees Brexit Withdrawal Agreement text– what was agreed and what next?

Recording: - Originally broadcast Monday 19 November 2018
19 November 2018

Arbitration clauses before the High Court of Australia

Last week the High Court of Australia heard the matter of Rinehart v Hancock Prospecting , a case that is likely to have wide-reaching implications for the interpretation of arbitration agreements in Australia. This matter raises an important question of principle: does a contractual clause...
16 November 2018

Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: Impact for data protection

Following a UK Cabinet meeting on 14 November 2018, the UK Government has announced support for the text of a draft Withdrawal Agreement and an outline of the Political Declaration on the Future Relationship agreed with EU negotiators. The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the arrangements for the UK’s...
15 November 2018

Navigating the Christmas season in the #MeToo era: 5 tips for planning a fun (and liability-free) work event

The spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace has never been brighter. The #MeToo movement has empowered people to draw a sharp line in the sand about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace. The number of high profile men – politicians, entertainers and business leaders, plus the...
15 November 2018

New Legislation: A tectonic shift in Queensland’s financial assurance and rehabilitation framework passes

The new legislation has significant implications for resource sector EA holders. Impacted entities should consider the potential impacts on their mining operations and cash flow caused by the FP Act. Relevant steps should be taken by entities to prepare for the transition to PRCPs, the new FA...
15 November 2018

UK Cabinet agrees Brexit deal – what was agreed and what next?

Following a UK Cabinet meeting yesterday afternoon the UK Government has announced support for the text of a draft Withdrawal Agreement and an outline of the Political Declaration on the Future Relationship agreed with EU negotiators. The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the arrangements for the UK's...
15 November 2018

Draft Withdrawal Agreement Approved by UK Cabinet – IP and Marketing Authorisation Provisions Summarised

As has been widely reported, the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (the Draft Withdrawal Agreement ), detailing the arrangements for the UK to leave the EU was agreed by the...
13 November 2018

The next step in legislating for the use of self-driving vehicles

The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 received Royal Assent in July 2018. While providing (in broad terms) for a system of civil liability where an accident is caused by an automated vehicle and establishing core definitions, the Act does not seek to address a number of important issues...