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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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The inside track

MAD gives a European approach to market abuse. Mathew Rutter reports The Market Abuse Directive (MAD) is designed to create a new pan-European framework for combating insider dealing and market manipulation. MAD is a key element in the European Financial Services Plan, a package of 42 measures aimed at harmonising Europe’s financial markets. Member states […]

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Allen & Overy team triumphs in Jamaican death row case

A man facing Jamaica’s mandatory death penalty has seen his sentence overturned as a result of pro bono work by Allen & Overy (A&O). Lambert Watson was found guilty of the murder of his girlfriend and baby daughter in 1999 and had already served five years on death row. But in a landmark ruling that […]

And it’s in off the bar

The bar was always going to be favourite to hold its nerve in a game decided on penalties and as it turned out this belief was well founded. Birmingham set No5 became the first barristers’ chambers to triumph at TheLawyer.com’s annual legal fives tournament, after a hotly contested final against perennial favourites Squire & Co. […]

NGJ to gain US clout with Kirkpatrick link

City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) has entered the final stages of merger discussions with US national firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, just six months after negotiations with Pinsents collapsed. The transatlantic firm will be known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and will contain more than 900 lawyers. Kirkpatrick has 10 offices in the […]

Olswang to take bids on Minerva acquisition

Olswang has been instructed on a major public takeover – its second in the past two months – thanks to interest in one of its biggest clients, property company Minerva. Minerva is a long-standing client of Olswang and the firm advised on the property company’s £158m acquisition of Allders. But now Minerva is up for […]

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