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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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Ashursts the loser as British Telecom gets tough on fees

Ashurst Morris Crisp’s relationship with British Telecom (BT) was bedevilled by a row over fees prior to the firm’s exit from BT’s panel, The Lawyer can reveal. The firm advised BT on its massive £2.3bn property outsourcing in 2001. It is understood that a problem with Scottish stamp duty meant that the deal was not […]

Dewey postpones European plans

US firm Dewey Ballantine has put European expansion plans on hold as a result of the Iraq war and concerns about the international economic climate. The firm has stalled planned launches in France and Germany, although it continues to look for suitable merger partners. The Lawyer understands that Dewey had been in talks with the […]

Property lawyers top professional indemnity hit-list

Property work has once again turned out to be the main cause of professional indemnity claims against solicitors. According to a report by Alexander Forbes Claims Services, 34 per cent of claims from 31 August 2002 to date have been racked up over property matters. Of the property claims, residential work was the biggest offender, […]

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