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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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Law Society to students: legal career may be too risky

The Law Society is set to launch a campaign warning students to think twice about embarking on a career in law. The information campaign will target university and secondary school students, and contain information about the cost of legal training as well as the shrinking number of training contracts of offer. According to the Law […]

Maclays’ PEP slides at end of “disappointing” year

Scotland-headquartered firm Maclay Murray & Spens saw average profits per equity partner (PEP) fall 32 per cent over the last financial year on the back of a turnover drop of 9 per cent. This is a turnaround fro the firm’s fortunes in 2007-08, when the firm posted a revenue rise of 12.5 per cent and […]

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Postcard from… Piraeus

It is now 20 years since I first arrived in Piraeus (the Greek port city which for this article is interchangeable with Athens) as a young shipping lawyer. I knew Greece a little from holiday visits and college friends from Greece, but thought I would be staying only 3 pleasant, island-hopping years. Well, I took […]

Freeth Cartwright suffers 36 per cent drop in PEP

Midlands-based Freeth Cartwright has posted an average profit per equity partner (PEP) of £150,000, a 36 per cent drop on the previous financial year’s PEP of £233,000. Turnover at the firm fell by 3 per cent to hit £32.5m. The equity spread at Freeth Cartwright has fallen from a range of £147,000-£335,000 last year to £105,000-£180,000 ­during […]

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Blake Lapthorn PEP sinks to associate level

Equity partners average £65,000 – less than their fixed-share comrades Walter Cha Tumbling profits at Blake Lapthorn have led to some of the firm’s equity partners taking home less than the junior lawyers they supervise. In what has been a ­dismal financial reporting season across the legal profession, the south coast firm has seen average […]

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