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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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Merger in the Midlands

Long-standing Wolverhampton firms Manby & Steward and Woolley Beavon have merged. Two of Woolley Beavon’s three partners will join seven other partners at the merged firm which will retain the name Manby & Steward. Woolley Beavon’s third partner, John Robbins, who has recently retired, will act as a consultant. It is Manby & Steward’s first […]

Protests force Apil to relax 'ambulance-chasing' clause

THE leadership of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has yielded to the demands of its membership and watered down a key clause in a new code of conduct designed to stamp out “ambulance chasing”. The organisation’s executive was forced to revise clause 10 of its new code of conduct, concerning referral fees, following […]

In brief: Jersey firm appoints accountancy adviser

Former Arthur Andersen partner Jeremy Arnold has been hired by Jersey law firm Ogier & Le Masurier to act as a non-executive adviser to the partners. Arnold, 58, spent nearly 40 years working for major accountancy practices before his recent retirement from Arthur Andersen. Ogiers’ chairman Malcolm Sinel said Arnold would be able to use […]

INVESTED INTERESTS

Barlow Clowes, Lloyd’s, BCCI, Maxwell, home income plans, pension-mis-selling, Barings; these are just a few of the names and terms that have gained notoriety in recent years as the courts, regulators, lawyers and accountants have increasingly had to grapple with fraud and negligence in the financial services sector. The immediate victims range from some of […]

Polish tax ace switches to US firm

Tomasz Kacymirow, known as the foremost tax expert in Poland, has left KPMG to join US firm Hunton & Williams in a move that has been described as “ground-breaking”. Lejb Fogelman, head of Hunton & Williams in Warsaw, said the appointment had set a precedent in Poland because Kacymirow is the first full domestic partner […]

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