By Carl Rohsler
Selecting the right forum for patent litigation is often considered to be something of a ‘black art’.
By Chris McLeod
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has recently changed how it handles trade mark invalidation proceedings. Brand owners need to be aware of this change as it may result in an increase in the cost of managing a trade mark portfolio.
By John Alderton
, Susan Kelly
At the end of February 2008 new rules were introduced aimed at tightening the existing measures to combat illegal working, by making it more difficult for people to exceed any permission granted to stay in Great Britain or continue working in breach of the conditions imposed on them by the immigration authorities and to make it easier for employers to ascertain whether it is legal for them to engage any prospective employee.
By Jay Doraisamy
After publishing and consulting on draft regulations amending the employer debt regime in the summer/ autumn of 2007, the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) laid before Parliament the long-awaited (and much re-drafted) formal amending regulations on 14 March 2008.
By Jochen Beck
Interested entrepreneurs have claimed that a greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme (ETS) imposes high cost on Community industries.
By Jay Doraisamy
It is inevitable that a trustee body comprising both employer and member representatives will sooner or later have to deal with the tricky issue of conflicts of interest.
By David O'Keeffe
, Ohad Soudry
State aid and public procurement are legal subjects deriving from the law of the European Union ("EU"). Both regimes have a significant impact on large development projects.
By Sue Nickson
, David Beswick
, Nick Jones
, Mark Shrives
, David Whincup
Following recommendations from the Low Pay Commission, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has announced the National Minimum Wage rates that will apply from 1 October 2008
By Kirsty Bartlett
, Wendy Hunter
2007 was a turbulent year for employers holding passports issued by the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD), with unilateral withdrawals of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) passports followed by lengthy delays in the renewal process.
By Malcolm Stanley
Public sector outsourcing, including PPP/PFI/BSF, involves work being carried out by the private sector on behalf of the public sector. This represents an important business opportunity, with estimates of current revenues of upwards of £50 bn a year.
By Laura Sayer
For some time there have been calls within the private sector for a review of Admitted Body Status (ABS) for transferee bodies in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
By David Whincup
Despite being only two months into 2008, the appeal courts in both the UK and Europe have handed down a number of decisions and opinions that may have a significant impact on employers.
By Charmian Johnson
The implementation of the new look Local Government Pension Scheme ("LGPS") in England and Wales took another step towards becoming a reality via the LGPS (Amendment) (No 3) Regulations 2007 ("Regulations"). These came into force on 30 June 2007 and amend the LGPS Regulations 1997 (the "1997 Regulations").
By Clifford Sims
Cynics in the legal profession are always keen to embrace legal uncertainty – they argue it keeps them in business. In the end of course, no one wins from uncertain, or still less, bad law.
By Jay Doraisamy
New anti-money laundering regulations came into force in December 2007 which will affect businesses (including firms and sole practitioners) that provide trustee services.