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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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Debevoise loses two as Latham strengthens Paris with corporate hires

Latham & Watkins has raided rival Debevoise & Plimpton’s Paris office, picking up the firm’s local co-managing partner Patrick Laporte. Laporte joins Latham along with Debevoise international counsel Pierre-Louis Cléro. Both have joined as partners in Latham’s French corporate team. The hires leave Debevoise with just five partners in Paris. The firm also lost corporate […]

Orrick London finance team hit by Bartlam loss

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe London finance partner Martin Bartlam has resigned and is set to join DLA Piper, leaving the US firm with just one finance partner in the City. Bartlam is understood to have resigned yesterday. He is leaving for DLA at the end of the month. Bartlam, a structured finance specialist, is the […]

Unsettling times for News Group

The Rolls Building will later today host the parties in the ongoing phone-hacking cases for a pre-trial hearing. This is a widely anticipated trial, with many media lawyers expecting it to be a crucial point in the build up to the expected full trial next month (see blog). There is still time for News of […]

Move On Up: Fladgate

Property and corporate still rule at Fladgate – but where’s the gender transparency? West End firm Fladgate is best known for its property and corporate ­practices, so it is no surprise that the focus of both its partnership promotions and lateral hires over the past few years has been these two areas. Promotions include both […]

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Secret Keltie client acquires herbertsmithfreehills.com domain name

A UK and European patent and trademark firm has registered the domain name www.herbertsmithfreehills.com following the news that Herbert Smith and Freehills are in merger talks. The domain name was registered by patent firm Keltie on behalf of one of its clients, according to information on the newly registered site. The news was first reported […]

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