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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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Steel and Morris:Every lawyer's nightmare

Helen Steel and Dave Morris When London Greenpeace activists Helen Steel and Dave Morris were accused of libelling restaurant chain McDonald’s, no one dreamt it would lead to the longest trial in English legal history. Shaun Pye meets the McLibel defence as the duo prepare to enter the Court of Appeal. Observing a recent directions […]

Retailer banking:the (success) story so far…..

There is hardly any area of consumer life that has not had the big brand treatment from major retailers and service companies. Lawyers only need to glance sideways to see Tesco selling cars and computers, American Express buying up accountancy firms in the US and Virgin selling just about everything. It is what the telecommunications […]

Gleiss Lutz senior partners block merger with Stibble

A small minority of senior partners at Stuttgart-based Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch has blocked the firm’s proposed merger with leading continental firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot. The climbdown is partly due to the different approach to risk-taking adopted by senior partners in German firms to that of partners in other European jurisdictions such as the […]

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Richard Pearce, head of services to the profession at the Law Society, who was acquitted of stalking a female commuter on a train. Pearce admitted that he had misread the signals from the middle-aged secretary. He thought he was getting the come-on, while she thought he was doing “disgusting things” under the newspaper on his […]

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