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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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Law Soc wins mortgage fraud case against lenders

THE GROUP which has been campaigning for the reform of the Dangerous Dogs Act is looking for an MP to sponsor a private member’s bill to change the law. The move by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Reform Group follows last month’s publication of a Home Affairs Select Committee report which makes a series of […]

Education in PFI projects

In the report entitled “Herbert Smith tops PFI projects league” (The Lawyer, 17 December 1996), you say that “education projects have yet to see the light of day”. In fact there is at least one completed PFI project in the higher education sector, the University of Greenwich’s Avery Hill Student Village. This project has been […]

In brief: Patent Office trims fees by 21 per cent

The Patent Office has cut fees for patent examinations from £130 to £70. The cuts, effective from this year, will see the administrative costs of obtaining a UK patent drop 21 per cent, from £285 to £225. Efficiencies in the Patent Office’s operation have been credited for the fee cuts.

Hammonds completes Rosyth dock privatisation

Hammond Suddards spent three years negotiating the £27m privatisation of the Rosyth Royal Dockyard with the Ministry of Defence, which is expected to complete by the end of February. Hammonds used a 12-strong team, mainly based in its Manchester office, and led by corporate partner William Downs, to advise the purchaser, Babcock International, on the […]

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