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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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Clyde & Co opens Greek office

Clyde & Co has become the latest UK firm to open for business in the Greek port of Piraeus. Martin Hall, the partner who has been sent to the city to set up the operation, said the office was needed to serve Greek clients, many of whom had moved operations from London back to Piraeus, […]

Stones swallows fellow Exeter practice

FOURTEEN-partner commercial Exeter firm Stones is swallowing up its five-partner neighbour Cann & Hallett. David Cox, practice manager at Canns, said the main reason for the move was the “tremendous competition” in the region. The new firm Stones Cann & Hallett will have 16 partners and 40 other fee earners, and will have offices in […]

Civil Justice Council to probe impact of switch from legal aid to conditional fees

LAWYERS’ fears that the switch from legal aid funding to conditional fees in personal injury cases will deny justice to litigants are to be investigated by the Lord Chancellor’s new advisory body, the Civil Justice Council. The 22-member council, which held its inaugural meeting on 20 March, is to set up a sub-committee to consider […]

Law Soc appoints Roger Smith to new education and training post

Legal Action Group (LAG) director Roger Smith has been snapped up by Chancery Lane to become its director of legal education and training. The move is a major fillip for the society, which has been slowly rebuilding its team of senior staff after the exodus of top officials following Martin Mears’ election as president. Smith, […]

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