Consumer class actions – global perspectives

The latest edition of our Future of Consumer series looks at key areas of class action risk that businesses in the Consumer sector are facing across key jurisdictions of the UK, the US, and Australia, including: Product liability and consumer law; Supply-chain issues (with a focus on business human rights and environmental, social, and governance); … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 7: General update

In this seventh episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we consider: developments relating to disclosure and witness evidence, including an update on reforms in both areas; some recent cases relating to class actions; and the impact of Brexit in the insolvency context. This episode is hosted by Anna Pertoldi, a partner in … Read more

Drafting contracts – key lessons from 2020

This annual contract law update from our corporate team considers a number of interesting contract law cases from 2020 which highlighted key points for those involved in drafting or managing contracts. The cases chosen deal with formation, variation, interpretation, good faith, force majeure and notice provisions. In each case there is a brief summary of the … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 6: General update

In this sixth episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we briefly outline the impact of Brexit on disputes and dispute resolution clauses, focusing on practical points for commercial parties. We also look at some developments on privilege and funding, as well as an update on witness evidence reform, and finally we consider … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills publishes latest edition of Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Guide

Our 2021 Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific summarises the key dispute resolution procedures and trends in 19 of Asia Pacific’s diverse jurisdictions, from the basics of each legal system, including litigation and arbitration procedures, to class actions, fee arrangements, third party funding and electronic/digitisation reforms to court proceedings. The guide has been compiled … Read more

A litigator’s yearbook 2020 (England and Wales)

2020 will be, for many of us, a year we are keen to forget, as we look forward to 2021 with hope that the Covid-19 vaccines will bring life back to something approaching normality – though perhaps with some trepidation at the uncertainties for business following on from the end of the Brexit implementation period, … Read more

Managing risk: A disputes perspective (2020)

Our annual disputes client conference exploring key legal and compliance risks facing major corporates was held as an online event on 1 and 2 December. After opening remarks by Damien Byrne Hill, managing partner for dispute resolution, there were presentations on the Covid-19 pandemic and its legacy, the growing risk of UK class actions, responding … Read more