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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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The BBC has restructured its legal division in a bid to increase overall efficiency. The move is accompanied by the creation of a new intellectual property department designed to protect the BBC brand name. Legal adviser Gareth Roscoe now heads a legal division with five departments: programme legal advice, litigation, statutory and commercial legal affairs, […]

Criminal hustice system shambolic says Heath, blaming narrow aims of police

The criminal justice system is in danger of becoming a laughing stock according to the president of the Justices’ Clerks Society. Speaking at the Justices’ Clerks Society Annual Conference on 8 May, Tony Heath described the justice system as shambolic and lacking an overall aim. Heath singled out the police for attack when he accused […]

CEDR claims solicitors avoid use of mediation

Solicitors are still not accepting mediation as a method of dispute resolution – that was the view from business at the Centre for Dispute Resolution at its conference last week. At the CEDR awards – in which Baker & McKenzie won the legal category for taking “ADR into the heart of its firm” – Lord […]

'Guesswork' jibe at govt legal aid plans

The Government’s plans to end free legal aid are based on misinformation and guesswork and should be dropped, according to a report by the National Consumer Council. In a detailed submission to the Government, published on Monday, the influential group says the plans will not necessarily save taxpayers’ money. The report warns that the costs […]

Whitewater counsel. Starr puts Kirklands on the map

Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr is fond of using themes when he tells stories. In the Whitewater investigation, a matter that can be as perplexing as it is complicated, he says the story is all about the truth. “Ultimately, Whitewater is about truth-telling in connection with loans made in the 1980s as well as with […]

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