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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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QC urges Bar to drop complaints system

REBEL silk Ronald Thwaites will call on the Bar Council to abandon its proposed new complaints system and to stop further attacks on the Bar from “sniping” critics. In a paper the council has agreed to circulate this week, he opposes plans for compensating “distressed” clients or lay involvement in the system. The paper sets […]

In brief: University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield wishes to point out in the HEFCE Quality Assessment Exercise it received an “excellent” rating for law, not “satisfactory” as printed in The Lawyer 24 October.

Somerset hunt bill slashed by £80,000

THE LEGAL bill for the battle between the Quantock Staghounds and Somerset County Council has been slashed by £80,000 by a High Court taxing master. Among the expenses disallowed from the bill submitted by the successful hunt team, was the cost incurred by sending counsel Michael Beloff QC on an outing intended to familiarise him […]

Call for reinforcements

A company trying to sell a product with a naff brand name learns to change it pretty quickly. And so it was that at this year’s AGM in April, the Locum Solicitors Group became the Freelance Solicitors Group. Derek Wilkes, group chair, says: “There is a prejudice against the word ‘locum’. It implies the person […]

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