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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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Senior partner quits Birchall Blackburn

North-west based Birchall Blackburn has been hit by its second departure in as many months as its joint senior partner quits to join Halliwell Landau.Chris Eddlestone has become licensing and leisure partner at Halliwell Landau after serving 16 years at Birchall Blackburn, where he was one of three senior partners.Birchall Blackburn also recently lost Daniel […]

Firm pays plaintiff's costs

A Manchester solicitor set up a company to hold his law firm’s lease, which then stayed in the building for two years rent-free while the landlord waged a court battle for rent arrears, the Court of Appeal has heard.Miller Gardner defended the company, Globe Legal Services Ltd, in the original action, but was in for […]

Classic showdown

Another music-world battle – this time on the classical front – is heading back to court. TV presenter Susan Stranks, widow of broadcaster Robin Ray who died of cancer last December, has pledged to continue a battle started by her husband against Classic FM. Ray helped launch the station in 1992 and shortly before his […]

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Monday 26 April is to lawyers what 1 January 2000 is to computer programmers.This is the day the Civil Procedure Rules come into force, ushering in the greatest shake-up of civil litigation this century. Litigants can be confident that, from this day on, their cases will be dealt with quickly and cheaply, under the capable […]

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