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Legal Briefings | 05 July 2018

How natural is ‘natural’?

Brand owners like to distinguish their products by marketing them as ‘natural’. What is required to substantiate such a claim? Recent decisions illustrate that context is key.
Guides | 04 July 2018

Doing business in Australia 2018

Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to launch the 2018 edition of our Doing Business in Australia guide.
Legal Briefings | 04 July 2018

With an eye on Belt and Road disputes, China establishes new international commercial courts

China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) has established two new international commercial courts to handle a broad range of international disputes. The new courts are specifically designed to attract disputes related to the Belt and Road Initiative, and offer a one-stop dispute resolution mechanism...
Legal Briefings | 03 July 2018

Australia’s new ipso facto regime is now live: Are your contractual rights affected?

Australia’s new ipso facto regime is now in effect. It stays the enforcement of contractual rights triggered upon the entry of a corporate counterparty into certain restructuring and insolvency processes. The regime will affect a broad range of contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2018;...
Legal Briefings | 03 July 2018

EIOPA issues second warning about the impact of Brexit on insurance contracts

EIOPA has published an opinion and FAQs emphasising the need for insurers and insurance intermediaries to explain to policyholders how Brexit will affect their insurance cover.
Legal Briefings | 03 July 2018

General counsel update, July 2018

This is the latest in our series of general counsel updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas. Click download above for a copy of the update.
Audio and Video | 02 July 2018

CEO Mark Rigotti on servicing Clients in the Modern Business World

Legal Briefings | 02 July 2018

Judges won’t get dragged into political squabbling over Brexit

Nusrat Zar and Mark Smyth have published a comment in The Times on two recent judicial review challenges in the context of Brexit. The decisions demonstrate that the UK courts are unlikely to be willing to be drawn into the political aspects of Brexit or to engage with hypothetical issues. The...
Guides | 29 June 2018

2018 Herbert Smith Freehills Guides to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement

The 2018 editions of the Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Guide to Schemes of Arrangement have been launched. Recently recognised as the 2018 Law Firm of the Year at the Australasian Law Awards, we strive to provide our clients with an unparalleled depth of expertise. Our Guides...
Legal Briefings | 29 June 2018

The new Critical Infrastructure Centre and implications for the foreign investment approval process

The Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (the SCI Act ) was recently passed and will commence on 11 July 2018. In this article we explain the effect of the SCI Act and what it will mean for FIRB approvals going forward.
Legal Briefings | 29 June 2018

Federal Modern Slavery Bill introduced to Parliament

Closely following the passage of the NSW Modern Slavery Act on 21 June 2018 ( NSW Act ), a federal Modern Slavery Bill was introduced to Parliament on 28 June 2018. Debate on the Bill has been adjourned until the next Parliamentary sittings period, which begins in August 2018. The Government has...
Events | 28 June 2018

Menas breakfast briefing - Zimbabwe

We would be delighted to see you at our next breakfast briefing organised with co-hosts Menas Associates. Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues who may also be interested.
Legal Briefings | 28 June 2018

Sourcing in the digital age - shaped by disruption

This article first appeared in the July 2018 issue of PLC Magazine . Nick Pantlin, Jeremy Purton, Alex Cravero and Claire Wiseman of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP discuss how new disruptive technologies are shaping current sourcing strategies.
Legal Briefings | 28 June 2018

A seismic shift in Victoria’s Environmental Law

The Victorian Government has tabled the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 (Vic) in Parliament to introduce extensive reforms to environmental regulation in Victoria.
Guides | 27 June 2018

Brexit Legal Guide 2018

As business makes increasingly vocal calls for legal certainty we are pleased to launch this updated Brexit Legal Guide. The new online guide will be regularly updated as the legal impact of Brexit evolves. Forthcoming updates will include our reaction to the UK Government's White Paper on its...