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Bulgaria: CPC deems minimum hotel accommodation prices anti-competitive

The Ministry of Tourism recently proposed the introduction of minimum prices for sites categorised as ‘accommodation places’. In Decision 529/10.05.2018, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) opined on the proposal’s compliance with competition rules. The CPC held that setting minimum prices for accommodation places would limit price competition between hotels. Minimum prices cannot guarantee…

Social housing monthly law update – June 2018

This month’s TLT’s law update on all things affecting social housing includes: Automatic disqualification rule changes: Charity Commission declarations GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know Dress codes in the workplace: New government guidance Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing Viability argument for 10% affordable housing fails…

From footfall to clicks – experts talk retail risk

By Gary Assim and Sarah Teal Poundworld has entered administration, and just before that it was announced that House of Fraser would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some of the UK’s largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever […]

Austria: The time has come – Federal Procurement Act 2018 just around the corner

More than four years after the entry into force of the new EU Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU), more than two years after the deadline for transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, the time has come. Following the respective resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the Federal Council […]

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Opinion

So the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has done it – £3.2m. Nice one, Johnnie Vickers. I let out a little shriek of delight when I heard. Not that I have anything against Napp Pharmaceuticals (which received the whopping fine). In fact, I had never heard of it before it made this unfortunate leap into […]

Corporate

So Clifford Chance is targeting corporate finance, which raises the obvious questions of why and how. Clearly, lots of strategy meetings telling partners they have to do more corporate finance is not going to change the face of the M&A market. If you’ve got any partners who don’t know that if you cross-sell you get […]

Linklaters-De Brauw marriage falls apart

De Brauw’s refusal to cut ‘non-core’ work leads to merger meltdown; Dutch firm left vulnerable to raids Linklaters & Alliance has suffered a major blow to its European strategy after the collapse of merger talks with Dutch member De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The merger talks came to a dead end last week over the failure […]

The social worker

LeBoeuf’s James Johnson loves the London life but after six years he is looking forward to returning to New York, despite the different working style Stepping into James Johnson’s office at LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae is like stepping into a New York lawyer’s office as you would imagine it to have been about 50 […]

ITN appoints first head of compliance

ITN has hired John Battle as its first in-house head of compliance. Battle joins from Associated Newspapers where he was group legal adviser. He will head ITN’s libel panel and will have primary responsibility for pre-publication advice and other compliance issues. ITN’s director of business affairs and company secretary James Scorer says the appointment reflects […]

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