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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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Linklaters says: take a BlackBerry break

Linklaters says: take a BlackBerry break” />Linklaters has given its ­partners and associates yet another three-line whip, this time demanding that they leave their BlackBerrys at work when on holiday. The magic circle firm’s order is designed to benefit fee-earners, ;especially ­associates, by improving their work-life balance. The scheme may be well meant, but it […]

Walker Morris retrains lawyers in insolvency

Leeds firm Walker Morris is attempting to ride out the effects of the downturn by retraining 30 corporate, banking and property lawyers in insolvency law. The firm expects an upsurge in demand for insolvency work and the ­initiative aims to enable associates and assistants in potentially less busy departments to assist the firm’s core insolvency […]

LG and Trowers break inflation barrier with trainee pay rises

LG and Trowers & Hamlins have increased their trainee solicitor salaries by inflation-busting rates, although first-year trainees are still paid marginally less than the industry average. From September, first-year trainees at LG will take home £36,000 – 20 per cent up on last year’s salary of £30,000. Second years will be paid £40,000 – a […]

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