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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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ASB Law raids A&O for new pensions head

South East firm ASB Law has poached pensions specialist Martin McFall from Allen & Overy (A&O) as its new head of pensions. McFall, who joins as a partner, is charged with strengthening ASB’s pensions team. He replaces John Hamilton who left for South East rival Blake Lapthorn Linnell, along with solicitor Rupert Graham-Evans, in June. […]

Freshfields tops up on water work with AWG acquisition bid

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Old Square scores double role on equal pay dispute

Old Square Chambers played two high-profile roles in the key equal pay case initially brought by Bernadette Cadman that was decided by Europe’s highest court last week (3 October). The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that additional years of service – in this instance, by a male employee who did not take time off […]

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