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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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Singapore faces legal crisis as lawyer numbers slump

Singapore could suffer from a dearth of practising lawyers as the country witnesses its first drop in numbers for five years. Figures released by the Law Society of Singapore show a 0.4 per cent decrease in the number of lawyers seeking to renew their practising certificates. This year 3,524 lawyers renewed their certificates compared with […]

Perkins Coie Taiwan office falls victim to technology slowdown

Perkins Coie has closed its Taiwan office. The combined effects of increased competition and a slowdown in its traditional technology client base have forced the US firm to assess its strategy for the region. Now relieved of its first office in the region, the firm will instead direct resources to Hong Kong and Beijing.Local managing […]

…as Hengeler loses M&A partner to Italian bedfellow

Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller is losing a partner to one of its allied firms for the first time. M&A specialist Martin Hartl, who is qualified in Italian and German law, will leave in September to join Italian best friendBonelli Erede Pappalardo.Hartl, head of Hengeler Mueller’s Italian desk, will launch a German […]

Online and on guard

Launching an online business can be risky, but with good planning many pitfalls can be avoided. Quentin Bargate reports on how web traders can stay within the law

B&M Japanese alliance hikes global tax practice

The joint enterprise office of Baker & McKenzie and Japanese firm Tokyo Aoyama Aoki Law Office has appointed Kazuo Taguchi to its international tax practice. Previously director of the corporate tax division of Japan’s National Tax Administration (Nat), Taguchi will join the firm in September.Speaking about the appointment, Tokyo tax group practice leader Yukinori Watanabe […]

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