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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 Society inquiry clears Regis team five of impropriety

A complaint brought against five members of the Law Society’s Regis computer project management team by the British Legal Association (BLA) has ended with a finding of no impropriety. An investigation undertaken by the Compliance and Supervision Committee was concluded in October, exonerating former senior Law Society officials including the then secretary general John Hayes […]

Set-jumping trend gains impetus as 11 move chambers

The New Year has witnessed an unusual amount of movement at the Bar, especially at senior level. The most recent shift has seen five silks and six juniors changing addresses in the last two weeks. Geraldine Clark, who has accepted a tenancy at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, says she has left because of clerking and […]

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A system in disrepair

IN ITS drive to stand out from the crowd, one firm of solicitors is using a new marketing strategy. According to Manchester City Council, the firm employs a man to sit under an umbrella by various pubs in the city’s Newton Heath area. He holds a board covered in pictures of council houses in disrepair. […]

Report signs SIF death warrant

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is facing abolition in the light of a planned introduction of a master policy of insurance to run alongside an open market scheme. The master policy means the Law Society would buy personal indemnity from commercial insurers to cover the legal profession, as opposed to the current mutual fund. The […]

Laptop computers to be allowed in prisons

The Prison Service is changing its policy to allow legal advisers to bring laptop computers when visiting clients in prison. The new practice will have immediate effect and will apply to all but 13 of the country’s 137 prisons. Many lawyers will be relieved that the Prison Service is finally taking account of developing technology, […]

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