COVID-19 | Medicines dispensing emergency measures extended

At the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government introduced a range of measures to take the pressure off Australia’s health care system, such as the introduction of TeleHealth and E-Prescribing. Another measure was to extend the Continued Dispensing rules to enable pharmacists to supply medicines without prescription to certain patients. These emergency measures […]

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ASIC’s new approach to regulatory investigations: the challenges and opportunities presented by Express Investigations

Under the banner of ‘when pilots become enduring practice’, ASIC Deputy Chair Karen Chester has announced that ASIC will supplement its traditional investigations processes with ‘Express Investigations’ (EI), ASIC’s new and preferred approach to enforcement. Corporate regulatory investigations are often legally and factually complex, high-stakes and process-heavy. Mountains of documents and witness evidence are commonplace. […]

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Doing Business in Australia

The revised 2020 edition of Gadens’ Doing Business in Australia guide provides foreign investors with an overview of the Australian business, economic and regulatory environment, and practical advice on how to go about setting up and doing business in Australia. The Australian Government welcomes foreign investment. With well-developed infrastructure, a stable political environment, a robust, […]

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FSR Wrap | November 2020

As we approach the end of the year, Gadens’ FSR Team presents an update for the financial services regulatory market. This edition of FSR Wrap provides a focus on ‘business as usual’ regulations of importance to Australian financial services companies. As we look to 2021 and the introduction of a raft of legislation that has […]

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A Federal Budget with Paradox befitting a Pandemic

Gadens’ view of the Federal Budget 2020/21 The Government’s historic pandemic-era Budget is the most unashamedly pro-business budget in memory which also seeks to buttress employment from the headwinds of recession and technological change. In a seemingly counterintuitive outcome for a ‘pro-jobs’ strategy, the Budget’s tax depreciation policy change is poised to accelerate the inexorable […]

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The Singapore Convention Has Now Entered Into Force

Purpose One of the major roadblocks for parties contemplating mediation of cross-border commercial disputes has been the uncertainty, cost and/or delay in enforcing a breach of a term of mediated settlement agreement. This has often resulted in parties to a commercial cross-border dispute resorting to court/curial focused litigation or indeed foreign arbitral proceedings which are […]

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Webinar | The ethics of public sector decision-making

This session refreshes and updates our popular 2018 presentation, focusing on the unique ethical duties of government lawyers that transcend model litigant obligations and the duties of private sector lawyers. These duties go to the heart of the rule of law and arise from the exercise of public power. You can view the full session […]

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Webinar | Contracts in an online world

The societal shift to electronic contracts and automated contract performance was well underway before the COVID-19 led overnight to adoption of electronic contracting as the new normal for most businesses. This session examines key legal issues contracting parties should keep front of mind when transitioning from paper to an online environment. You can view the […]

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Webinar | The Ten Cases

A survey of 10 important cases over the last year, covering constitutional, administrative, private law, governance and enforcement issues, and what they mean for government You can view the full session here: The Ten Cases Presented by: Andrew Mackenzie, Senior Associate Claudia Dennison, Senior Associate Christina Martin, Associate Christina Venardos, Associate Mitchell Byram, Associate Sarah […]

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Webinar | Navigating the infrastructure landscape for effective major project negotiations

Most significant publicly funded developments for major infrastructure – roads, rail, ports, tunnels and the like – intersect with other core infrastructure, such as utilities – gas, water, electricity – which may be highly regulated but are usually privately owned. Negotiating the rights, obligations and risks of the respective parties is delicate and difficult, complicated […]

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Webinar | Climbing ladders, avoiding snakes and using your own dice – internal investigations

Project failure, misconduct and probity, amongst a much longer list, are all potential catalysts for the now ubiquitous “internal investigation”, a process which of itself should ring warning bells in any organization for both investigator and subject. This practical session will offer guidance for public entities conducting internal investigations, including on framing issues, progression through […]

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Webinar | Misleading regulatory guidance – can (or must) I rely on what you tell me?

We live in the age of statutes. The increasing volume and complexity of rules makes compliance challenging. Governments frequently offer guidance to help citizens understand their obligations and to aid fair administration, particularly as policies change. What happens when governments get it wrong? You can view the full session here: Misleading regulatory guidance – can […]

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