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How New Zealand's climate impact disclosure Bill could impact Australian businesses

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How New Zealand's climate impact disclosure Bill could impact Australian businesses

In a world first, New Zealand has introduced a Bill requiring companies in the financial sector to disclose the impact of climate change on their businesses.

20 April 2021

China’s 14th Five-Year Plan — Key takeaways for financial services

On 12 March 2021, China released its much-anticipated economic and social development blueprint for the next five years and beyond – the ‘Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan...

22 March 2021

May the best class action win: High Court dismisses Wigmans appeal

In Wigmans v AMP Limited & Ors [2021] HCA 7, the High Court of Australia (by a 3:2 majority) dismissed an appeal against the decision of the New...

12 March 2021

LIBOR cessation: demystifying the switch to risk-free rates

It’s official. On 5 March 2021 the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that all LIBOR settings will either cease to be published by any administrator...

09 March 2021

Appeal in Ethicon pelvic mesh class action – what risks need to be disclosed?

In a unanimous decision handed down on Friday, the Full Court of the Federal Court upheld a decision of Justice Katzmann that found Ethicon Sàrl and related companies...

09 March 2021

Need to know: actual knowledge key to invoking whistleblower protections

Australian whistleblower protections now apply to disclosers who have ‘reasonable grounds to suspect’ that the information disclosed concerns misconduct, or an improper state of affairs or circumstances in...

04 March 2021

Keepwell and carry on: enforcement of Keepwell deeds put to the test in China

Keepwell deeds, also known as letters of comfort, are a credit protection tool commonly used by Chinese companies issuing debt offshore.

23 February 2021

China’s 14th Five-Year Plan: a blueprint for growth in complex times

China’s annual National People’s Congress parliamentary session will take place in March to approve the country’s social and economic development plans for the period 2021-25.

09 February 2021
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High Court finds the Oakey Coal Action Alliance have not had their day in Court

Nearly 14 years ago, New Acland Coal Pty Ltd (NAC) applied for a ‘stage 3 expansion’ of its coal mining operations near Oakey in Queensland by seeking two...

08 February 2021

Briefing note for state of emergency in Myanmar

On February 1, Myanmar’s military-owned Myawaddy TV announced that a state of emergency would be imposed in accordance with Articles 417 and 418 of the 2008 Constitution of...

05 February 2021

Privacy Commissioner hands down first representative award compensating non-economic loss for interference with privacy

On 11 January 2021 the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner (the Commissioner) made a determination 'WP' and Secretary to the Department of Home Affairs (Privacy) [2021] AICmr...

03 February 2021

Planning Minister bans external cladding products in Victoria

As foreshadowed in our May 2020 article, the Victorian Planning Minister has now prohibited the use of certain external wall cladding products in the construction of multi-storey buildings....

20 January 2021

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