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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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Loyens & Volkmaars unveils details of tie-up with Loeffs

Dutch firm Loyens & Volkmaars has revealed details of its merger with the Rotterdam office of Loeff Claeys Verbeke – the firm which was split apart by the decision of some of its partners to merge with Allen & Overy. Bert Westendorp, managing partner of tax specialist Loyens & Volkmaars, is set to become the […]

Court errors cost £84m

This was the public spending watchdog’s first review of the £9 billion criminal court system which examined how the Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office and Lord Chancellor’s Department interact. The NAO found nearly 750,000 magistrates’ courts cases each year have to be adjourned because of errors by participants. This can delay cases by more than […]

Top duo leaves 2 Gray's Inn Square

Common law set 2 Gray’s Inn Square has lost practice manager Paul Simpson and senior clerk Bill Harris. The departure of Simpson and Harris is understood to be the result of the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) decision to cull its panel of prosecuting chambers. Several other sets have also lost a number of tenants or […]

Greenpeace in undersea fight

Greenpeace is urging Mr Justice Maurice Kay to rule in a High Court judicial review that the Department of Trade and Industry is under a legal duty to protect coral beds, whales, dolphins and other marine life from the effects of oil and gas exploration. Greenpeace claims the Government has failed to apply the EC […]

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