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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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Case of the Week

The tragic case of Siamese twins joined by the lower abdomen reached the High Court this week, as Lord Justice Ward lost sleep over the dilemma which will see at least one of the twins die. The parents, who come from an eastern European Catholic community do not want surgeons to separate the twins as […]

Scottish legal aid system breaches human rights

In a test case, Fort William Sheriff, Colin McKay ruled that two Mallaig fishermen could not receive a fair trial because the £500 cap on legal aid fees in Scotland limited their access to justice. The two defendants, who had denied a racially aggravated assault on a Spanish fisherman, were allowed to walk free, although […]

ICL Ireland sets up first in-house legal function

The Belfast office of PricewaterhouseCoopers has lost its director of corporate legal services to ICL. Raymond McGinley has joined the IT services company as senior legal adviser for Ireland. ICL managing director Brian Baird says he has been looking for internal legal advice for some time. “We’ve been moving the business towards e-commerce services, which […]

A&O sets up equity team for IPO work

Allen & Overy has responded to the boom in initial public offerings (IPOs) by setting up a dedicated equity capital markets group. The group, headed by Richard Cranfield, will comprise 10 partners, of whom two – Bart Capeci and Alex Cohen – are US-qualified, underlining Allen & Overy’s focus on dual listings on the New […]

Halliwells splits management as senior partner steps down

Halliwell Landau’s senior partner is stepping down after six years service to return to full-time fee-earning. Roger Lancaster is going back to running the Manchester firm’s planning department on a day-to-day basis, while the leadership of Halliwells will be split between two people. The former head of corporate Alec Craig has been elected to the […]

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