March Melbourne Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety team boosted by new members - Meet the new members of our growing Melbourne team. ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement - The Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) was signed on 27 February 2009 in Hua Hin, Thailand. The ten ASEAN members are Burma, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Changes to contaminated land law in NSW: How does this impact on you? - Anyone who has at any time occupied, owned or controlled land which could potentially be contaminated will need to understand NSW's changes to its contaminated land laws, as Peter Briggs and Claire Smith explain. Clayton Utz advises Fortescue on Chinese investment - The Clayton Utz Corporate M&A team advised long-term client Fortescue Metals Group Ltd on its recently announced deal with one of China's leading steel mills, Hunan Valin Iron and Steel Group Company (Valin). Clayton Utz arts scholarship launches into 2009 - Brisbane, 20 March 2009: Clayton Utz will give another Queensland artist the chance to further their career through the LAUNCH: Clayton Utz Travelling Arts Scholarship, entries for which are now open. Clayton Utz named Employer of Choice for Women - Clayton Utz has been awarded a Employer of Choice for Women (EOCFW) citation by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) for 2009 in recognition of the firm's ongoing commitment to initiatives that support women in the workplace. Clayton Utz recognised for role on award-winning SMART transaction - Clayton Utz has received international recognition for its advisory role on the Macquarie SMART Series 2008-1E deal, which was announced Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year at the International Financial Review Awards (IFLR) Asia Awards 2009 held in Hong Kong on 4 March. Clayton Utz welcomes Lex Mundi to Australia - This week from 26-28 March, Clayton Utz will be hosting the 2009 Lex Mundi Asia Pacific Regional Conference - with lawyers from Lex Mundi member firms as well as corporate counsel from around the region coming together to discuss legal practice developments and current issues facing the profession. Component pricing bill now law - Pricing and advertising will be under greater scrutiny now that new component pricing laws have been passed, as Michael Corrigan and Mihkel Wilding explain. Confidentiality in international arbitration - What is confidentiality in arbitration? And how can you ensure it? Michael Pryles and Nicholas Lazarou offer some guidance. Debt Funding Competitions: A valuable tool for PPP projects? - In this illiquid market can a Preferred Bidder Debt Funding Competition help to get PPP projects across the line, ask David Lester and Chris Keane. Downturn brings unique opportunities for Australia's energy and resources sectors - Australia's energy and resources sectors stand to benefit from opening their doors to Chinese investors, according to two partners at national law firm Clayton Utz. ECJ decides that anti-suit injunctions in support of arbitration are not available - The long-awaited decision in West Tankers has been handed down. Björn Gehle explains what it means for arbitration. Exposure draft of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill - What's new? - With the release of the exposure draft of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 we now get a clearer picture of the Government's emissions trading proposal. Fair markets and confident consumers - The new Australian Consumer Law - Business conduct affecting consumers will be more tightly regulated, and on a national basis, if proposed new consumer protection laws are passed, so businesses should start to get ready, warn Michael Corrigan and Adam Foreman. Further Fair Work Bill introduced - The Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 provides a mechanism for the shift to the new "Fair Work Australia" industrial relations system. Getting to grips with e-litigation - Federal Court Practice Note No 17 - On 29 January 2009, the Federal Court issued its long-awaited revision of Practice Note No 17 (PN 17). The new version, The use of technology in the management of discovery and the conduct of litigation, provides more guidance and detail than the previous version, issued in 2000 but its real impact is that it will further promote discovery and hearings in electronic format. Is that a project in distress? Revisiting dispute resolution - Disputes arising out of construction and major projects are a commercial risk but how do parties identify and manage that risk? In the first of a series, Doug Jones, Mathew Stulic and Faye Ashworth look at some practical steps you can take. Leading arbitration centre appoints CU consultant as Chair - Clayton Utz consultant Michael Pryles has been appointed Chair of The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) - recognising his international reputation as a leading arbitration specialist. Life after termination - address contractually or leave to the common law? - Nicholas Tsirogiannis explains why terminating a contract might not be the end of the matter. New charge or variation? - In Re Octaviar Ltd; Re Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd  QSC 37, the Supreme Court of Queensland considered the question of what is meant by a "variation" of a charge for the purposes of section 268(2) of the Corporations Act. New information required in section 149 certificates - Buyers and sellers of land under a contract for sale or an option to purchase in NSW need to be aware of the new prescribed matter that must now be specified in section 149 certificates. On and from 27 February 2009 the section 149 certificate attached to contracts for the sale of land or options to purchase in NSW must include information about complying developments - otherwise the sellers face some serious consequences Not as easy as it looks: Replacing a responsible entity of an A-REIT - The replacement of the responsible entity of an A-REIT has become more likely due to the current economic downturn, however it's a decision that requires careful consideration and planning, say John Moutsopoulos, Nicholas Mavrakis and Michael Legg. Profile - Stephen Fall - Stephen has provided a broad range of advice to many major participants in the construction, energy and mining industries. Profile - Stuart Cosgriff - Stuart specialises in advising on all aspects of major government procurement projects. Protecting domestic industry vs protecting foreign investors - Björn Gehle asks whether domestic industry schemes could be in breach of investment treaties. Restraining the Bulldog: Bulldogs Rugby League Club Ltd v Williams - Joe Catanzariti and Stephen Gavin look at what happened when the Bulldogs and Sonny Bill Williams went to the law's version of the video referee. Rome II Regulation on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations - A new regulation in the European Union could indirectly affect national rules governing arbitration and its supervision, says Lee Carroll. Selection criteria for redundancy: what criteria do you apply? - How do you craft criteria for redundancies? Fiona Mullins and Luke Connolly explain your obligations. Senate Standing Committee recommendations on PPS reform - Although the Senate Standing Committee recommended that the Personal Property Securities Bill 2008 be passed,it recommended significant changes to the Exposure Draft. Sidelining the ACCC? New exemption for compulsory transfers of distressed banking businesses - David Ball and Michael Corrigan explain that the new exemptions allow distressed banking assets to be transferred more rapidly where there is an imminent threat of an ADI failing. Understanding cartel "understandings"… Can you help? - The Government is considering making it easier for the ACCC to prove that cartel conduct has occurred, say Michael Corrigan and Michelle Schonstein. When can rectification costs be recovered as damages for breach of contract? High Court clarifies - Nick Christopoulos and Jack Fan explain what damages are recoverable by a principal under a building contract for defective building work. Workplace Confidential: Protecting confidential information when employees leave - Donna Ballantyne and Saul Harben tease out the lessons for employers from an email trail, copyrighted work materials, and the departing employee. Disclaimer Clayton Utz communications are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Formal legal advice should be sought in particular transactions or on matters of interest arising from this communication. Persons listed may not be admitted in all States and Territories.