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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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Airlines collide with govt over payments

A major dispute between the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Transport Secretary over the rules for compensation payments for air disaster victims has clarified an important point of international law, according to lawyers involved in the case. The row stems from the Government’s Air Carrier Liability Order 1998, which came into force last […]

Scuffle of the week

Following a public row about the Law Society’s u600,000 advertising campaign against Lord Irvine’s legal aid reforms, the Lord Chancellor has announced he is not playing anymore. Lord Irvine is considering banning the society from using its u32m income from solicitors’ practising certificates for “trade union” activities. That would effectively mean goodbye to such stunning […]

In brief: The barristers' monopoly

The barristers’ monopoly at the High Court has been cut further after the Lord Chancellor agreed that patent agents can conduct their own cases in court instead of employing lawyers. The Institute of Legal Executives was given the same power last year.

Top job for Johnson Matthey counsel

Simon Farrant is taking on the mantle of company secretary in addition to his role as senior legal adviser at precious metals and drugs company Johnson Matthey. Farrant replaces Gordon Thorburn who is to retire because of ill health. He will officially take over at the company’s annual general meeting in July. Farrant remains head […]

Fear over international crime plans

The Government’s plan to give domestic courts greater powers to deal with international fraud has received a mixed response from City crime lawyers. The new powers in Part 1 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 – effective from 1 June – allow some offences to be tried in England and Wales if any act, omission […]

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