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Environment Protection Act fires the starting pistol for private actions
Insight 27 Jun 2022

The new Environment Protection Act 2017 (Vic) (the EP Act) brings a raft of changes, including introducing direct third-party enforcement rights. Eligible people will be able to bring actions against individuals and businesses they claim are in breach of the new Act from 1 July 2022. This Insight outlines the key things companies should know about the third-party enforcement rights regime. ...

Allens advises Liontown on world-class Kathleen Valley Lithium Project
News 01 Jul 2022

With the execution of the third offtake agreement and funding facility with Ford, the Liontown Board made the Final Investment Decision to proceed to develop the project. 'This is a significant ...

Competition and consumer law risks to be aware of in relation to ESG
Insight 22 Jun 2022

As businesses continue to focus on ESG it's important to be aware of potential competition and consumer law risks, including misleading environmental claims and anti-competitive industry collaboration. After watching this short Video, you will have a clear understanding of both of these issues and some of the practical steps you can take to prevent these risks. ...

Class action funding revisited – litigation funding schemes held to not be Managed Investment Schemes
Insight 20 Jun 2022

The Full Federal Court has held that litigation funding agreements are not 'managed investment schemes' (MIS), overturning its own more than decade-old decision in Brookfield Multiplex. ...

Allens advises TfNSW on $2.2 billion Coffs Harbour Bypass Project
News 20 Jun 2022

The project includes a 14 kilometre bypass of Coffs Harbour, which will save 11 minutes travel time. The project forms part of the Pacific Highway upgrade, which is one of the largest road ...

Multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses – when does an arbitration agreement become 'operative'?
Insight 17 Jun 2022

A recent decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court considered a multi-tiered dispute resolution provision that required negotiation and expert determination before a party could refer a dispute to arbitration. In a move away from earlier authorities, the court found that the agreement to arbitrate in such a clause was 'operative' even if the negotiation and mediation steps had not yet been satisfied. The decision takes a broad view of when Australian courts must refer disputes to arbitration. ...

ACCC announces 2022-23 Product Safety Priorities: what they mean for you
Insight 17 Jun 2022

Suppliers of consumer products identified as a priority can expect to receive significant ACCC focus in the year ahead. The regulator has reiterated its support for a General Safety Provision, and flagged an increased focus on product safety online and the use of mandatory standards. ...

Allens advises Blackstone on A$1.5 billion sale of La Trobe Financial to Brookfield
News 17 Jun 2022

Founded by the O'Neill family, La Trobe Financial is a leading Australian non-bank lender and asset manager with more than A$13 billion in assets under management. La Trobe manages fixed income ...

New ASIC guidance on how superannuation and managed funds can avoid 'greenwashing'
Insight 16 Jun 2022

Greenwashing in the promotion of managed investment and superannuation funds is one of ASIC's current corporate governance priorities as it continues to 'monitor the market … looking for misleading claims about ESG and sustainability'. ...

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