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Bulgaria: Competition authority penalises A1 Bulgaria EAD for cancelling agreement

By Galina Petkova With Decision No. 1308 of 22 November 2018, the Commission for the Protection of Competition (the “CPC“) fined A1 Bulgaria EAD (“A1“) BGN 840,340 for cancelling a partnership agreement with its main commercial representative. The CPC decided that the cancellation was effectively a violation of Article 37a (1) of the Protection of Competition Act (the “PCA“), which prohibits abuse of dominant […]

Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

Case law update: December 2018

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Employer held liable for managing director’s violent conduct The Court of Appeal has found a company vicariously liable for the violent conduct of its managing director at a Christmas party where the attack left an employee severely disabled.

New IR35 rules for contractors in the private sector from 6 April 2020

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment New IR35 changes due to take effect in the private sector from 6 April 2020 will have a significant impact on businesses that engage consultants or contractors via intermediary companies (either directly or through an agency). Affected employers will need to plan for these changes well in advance. Following a […]

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Supreme Court building costs rise by £2m

The new Supreme Court building will cost £2m more than ­originally estimated, Justice Secretary Jack Straw has revealed. Straw said his predecessor Lord Falconer announced an ­estimated set-up cost of £56.9m, but the building had suffered from water penetration, so the estimated cost for building work was now £38.7m, with other costs of £20.2m.

Maples hires A&L duo for Ireland push

Cayman Islands-based Maples and Calder has continued its Ireland expansion by hiring Irish firm A&L Goodbody financial services partners Barry McGrath and Nollaig Murphy. It is Maples’ ­second Irish hire in two months, following the ­recruitment of corporate partner Edward Miller from Matheson Ormsby ­Prentice in June. McGrath is an investment fund ­specialist, while Murphy […]

SFO lambasted over collapse of Goldshield case

The taxpayer could foot a bill of around £40m after the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was forced to drop a high-profile case against Goldshield Group. The SFO had accused pharmaceutical company Goldshield of conspiring to defraud the NHS through an alleged pharmaceutical cartel. However, the SFO’s original indictment only related to price-fixing, which alone is […]

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