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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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DWS gears up for French restructuring boom with domestic alliance

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has launched an association with French independent Poulain & Associés to strengthen its French insolvency expertise. The firms linked up on 1 July, pooling their restructuring and private equity expertise. The association is to be run by Poulain partner Philippe Matignon and DWS partner Constantin Achillas. The move comes three months after Linklaters hired restructuring partners Aymar de […]

McGrigors recruits QC for regulatory push

McGrigors is making a rare hire from the bar as 18 Red Lion Court silk Jonathan Fisher joins the firm’s tax litigation and regulatory team. Fisher will start work at McGrigors in September, initially as an employed barrister but later as a partner when he requalifies as a solicitor. He will advise on business crime […]

Italy opens legal sector to full competition

The new Italian government has thrown open its legal market to full competition after scrapping minimum fees for lawyers. As first reported by The Lawyer (12 September 2005), the European Commission threatened legal action against Italy last year to combat anticompetitive regulatory practices such as minimum fee caps and advertising bans. The Italian government passed […]

Standard Chartered bolsters in-house with IT law hires

Standard Chartered has bulked up its IT law capability with the appointment of private practice lawyers in its Singapore and London offices in an effort to broaden its in-house team. The investment bank has hired associate Denis Low from London-based technology boutique Kemp Little. Stephanie Bennett, an associate from the Hong Kong office of Bird […]

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