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Another decision on adverse costs orders in employment class actions: should you expect a 'chilling effect' on employment class action risk?
Insight 15 Apr 2021

Duck v Airservices Australia (No 3) is the latest in a series of cases that have grappled with the intersection of employment class actions, litigation funders and the traditionally 'no costs' jurisdiction of the Fair Work Act. We examine the decision and its potential impacts on employment class action risk. ...

Less than one year before the new foreign financial services providers regime begins
Insight 14 Apr 2021

The key changes to the existing foreign financial services regime are the repeal of 'Sufficient Equivalence Relief' and 'Limited Connection Relief'. It's time for FFSPs to think about what your options are and what actions need to be taken to be ready for the new regime. ...

What does the new Decommissioning Bill mean for you?
Insight 12 Apr 2021

The Australian Government has released an exposure draft of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Titles Administration and Other Measures) Bill 2021. In particular, the Bill proposes that the Titles Administrator will have approval rights in relation to changes of control of titleholders (defined by reference to a 20% rather than 50% ownership benchmark), introduces trailing liability for prior titleholders in respect of decommissioning, and enhances the assessment criteria for entities applying to operate, or increase their activities, in offshore oil and gas. ...

Proposed Design and Place SEPP – creating further complexity in our planning system?
Insight 06 Apr 2021

The Explanation of Intended Effect for the proposed Design and Place SEPP, presently on public exhibition, signals major change to the assessment requirements for all development in NSW. Improving design outcomes in the built environment is important, but will the proposed SEPP be the right vehicle to achieve this objective, or will it add another layer to an already complex planning system? ...

Vietnam merger control guide
Insight 01 Apr 2021

Vietnam's new merger control regime took effect from 15 May 202. The new regime substantially expands the scope of transactions subject to the merger filing requirement and thereby captures more M&A transactions in Vietnam offshore.  ...

Class action risk in 2021
Insight 30 Mar 2021

Australia’s class action landscape remains dynamic and complex. 2020 was characterised by an increase in filings, continuing uncertainty around the impact of COVID-19, and a consistently high level of consumer claims. ...

ACCC's 2021 product safety priorities
Insight 30 Mar 2021

The ACCC announced its Product Safety Priorities for 2021, including: Button batteries, Quad bikes, Toppling furniture and infant sleeping products, and E-commerce and the Australian Product Safety Pledge. ...

Will negative price risk increase following changes to dispatch obligations under the National Electricity Rules?
Insight 25 Mar 2021

Semi-scheduled generators, such as wind and solar farms, will face increased exposure to negative price risk following a new rule made by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC). ...

Repurposing existing medicines – industry to have its say in reshaping Australia's regulatory future
Insight 25 Mar 2021

The Therapeutics Goods Administration (the TGA) is consulting with the public and industry to potentially reform regulatory and reimbursement frameworks, to incentivise the repurposing of existing medicines. Off-label use (where a medicine is used for a disease or medical condition for which it does ...

Proposed new responsible lending laws pass the House of Representatives
Insight 24 Mar 2021

On Monday 15 March 2021, the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 passed the House of Representatives, and was introduced in the Senate the following day. This followed the release of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee Report on the Bill. ...

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