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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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Eversheds and Irwin Mitchell are the only two law firms to scoop a ranking in Business in the Community’s (BITC) 2012 Corporate Responsibility Index, which manages and measures the effectiveness of businesses’ social responsibility activities.  Eversheds maintained its 2011 gold ranking in the index alongside other well-known businesses such as Barclays, Camelot UK Lotteries and […]

Richards J slates Herbert Smith’s ‘lackadaisical’ approach to disclosure

Mr Justice Richards has accused Herbert Smith of taking a “lackadaisical” approach to a disclosure exercise in a case in which the firm has been instructed by Irish businessman Paddy McKillen. McKillan has instructed partner John Whiteoak in a legal fight with the Barclay brothers for control of the five-star Maybourne Hotel Group in London. […]

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Leading sets sign up to bar social mobility scheme

The Inner Temple has launched a social mobility initiative in partnership with 42 chambers with the aim of giving work experience to underrepresented students. The Pegasus Access Scheme (PAS), which is aimed at university students or recent graduates, will provide a range of three- to five-day mini-pupillages at the partner chambers, which include UK top […]

US firms take the pain with the gain

What do drink, drugs and BlackBerrys have in common with US firms’ London expansion? That’s right, they all ruin relationships. Just ask Goodwin Procter, Proskauer Rose and Ropes & Gray, all of which enjoyed close ties to Travers Smith before significantly expanding their City offices. But Travers is now reviewing its relationships with US firms […]

Nixon Peabody ties up with Chinese firm in strategic alliance

US firm Nixon Peabody has increased its offering in the greater China region by forming a strategic alliance with Beijing-headquartered Hylands Law Firm. The alliance is set to provide the firm’s clients with more sophisticated support and services on the ground in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing and other growing business centres of China. Hylands […]

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