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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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Herbies wins Fortune Brands mandate on Allied Domecq takeover

Herbert Smith has won its first instruction from Fortune Brands, the US group that has teamed up with Pernod Ricard to take over Allied Domecq. It is understood that Herbert Smith won the mandate after a referral from the US. Allied Domecq, the world’s second biggest spirits group and the owner of brands such as […]

Gleiss ceiling

Gleiss Lutz emerges from the sluggish German market as the top domestic performer, but the international firms still lead the way. Husnara Begum and Helen Power report The leading domestic German firms posted marginal increases in turnover for 2004 after a year of difficult market conditions. But Herbert Smith’s German alliance partner Gleiss Lutz bucked […]

The work-life quiz

Stephen McNulty, head of commercial property, Burgess Salmon What was your first ever job? Assistant on a ‘Test Your Weight’ machine at Southport fair. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Mistaking the shredder for a photocopier and destroying a root settlement deed. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find […]

Careers: In brief

Richard Barnett, senior partner of Southport conveyancing firm Barnetts, has been appointed as a director on the board of Pisces (property information systems common exchange standard). He is already chairman of Pisces’ lenders’ conveyancing workgroup. Pisces is an electronic data exchange standard designed for the UK property market that aims to ease information transfers between […]

Linklaters wastes no time in merging with Japanese firm

Linklaters launched Japan’s first fully merged law firm last Friday (1 April), taking advantage of the recent regulatory changes that opened the door to integrated partnerships between Japanese and foreign lawyers. The move followed the appointment last year of two name partners, Mitsuhiro Yasuda and Akihiro Wani, and 20 associates from leading domestic banking firm […]

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