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Bulgaria: Competition authority penalises A1 Bulgaria EAD for cancelling agreement

By Galina Petkova With Decision No. 1308 of 22 November 2018, the Commission for the Protection of Competition (the “CPC“) fined A1 Bulgaria EAD (“A1“) BGN 840,340 for cancelling a partnership agreement with its main commercial representative. The CPC decided that the cancellation was effectively a violation of Article 37a (1) of the Protection of Competition Act (the “PCA“), which prohibits abuse of dominant […]

Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

Case law update: December 2018

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Employer held liable for managing director’s violent conduct The Court of Appeal has found a company vicariously liable for the violent conduct of its managing director at a Christmas party where the attack left an employee severely disabled.

New IR35 rules for contractors in the private sector from 6 April 2020

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment New IR35 changes due to take effect in the private sector from 6 April 2020 will have a significant impact on businesses that engage consultants or contractors via intermediary companies (either directly or through an agency). Affected employers will need to plan for these changes well in advance. Following a […]

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Stage hypnosis raises legal spectres

Hertfordshire solicitor Martin Smith believes stage hypnosis can have serious effects on its subjects. Roger Pearson reports. The recent high-profile damages action brought against television hypnotist Paul McKenna will make the public re-assess whether they should allow themselves to be exposed to stage hypnosis. If that is the case, then Hertfordshire-based Martin Smith of Martin […]

Quote of the week

“We do not have hereditary poets, hereditary rocket scientists or hereditary football managers, so why hundreds of hereditary legislators? In a modern democracy, Parliament must be representative of the people.” – The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, admitting, as one Kiwi paper puts it, to the “British carthorse lumbering along behind New Zealand” as the Government […]

Taking innovation to the regions. Rebecca Towers takes a look at the range of companies attending this year's Northern Legal Office Exhibition

Manchester’s G-Mex centre is to play host to the Northern Legal Office Exhibition for the second year running from 21-22 October. The two-day legal showcase will be organised by Truemist Professional Exhibitions, which launched the first Solicitors’ and Legal Office Exhibition in London 15 years ago. The exhibition promises a wide range of products – […]

Red Sky delight for Freshfields

Caroline Goodall of Herbert Smith led a team advising longstanding client BSkyB. Amid frenzied press speculation over the future of Britain’s biggest football club, Manchester United, Tim Emmerson (pictured right) is leading a Freshfields team advising the club’s board on BSkyB’s £623m takeover bid. The Manchester United board appointed Emmerson on the recommendation of its […]

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