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By Lucy Harington Scotland has experienced a change in residential property law frameworks recently. In 2017, the First-tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber) was introduced to deal with issues in the private rental sector. From rent or repair matters to right of entry disputes, the First-tier Tribunal helps landlords, estate agents and tenants resolve matters […]

Bid rigging, a slippery slope for snow removal companies – Romania

By Mona Banu, Darius Trusculete The Romanian Competition Council (the “RCC“) recently imposed a total penalty of EUR 1.1m on four companies for indulging in anticompetitive practices. The companies breached the competition rules by colluding to rig bids for winter road maintenance services organised by the National Company for the Management of Road Infrastructure. Besides the […]

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