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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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In brief: Bar Council reduces budget shortfall

The Bar Council has slashed its operating deficit from £143,000 in 1993/94 to £18,500 for the last nine month period – the changeover period to a new financial year. Treasurer Michael Blair told the Bar AGM this was due to work by previous treasurer Martin Bowley QC and ex-chair Robert Seabrook QC. The deficit reduction […]

Irish 'whistle blowing' bill gets rewrite

The Irish Republic has passed a revamped Finance Act after solicitors won their fight against being legally compelled to report tax evasion to the Revenue Commissioners. They had claimed that to do so would contravene the traditional lawyer/client relationship and undermine the citizen’s constitutional right against self-incrimination. The proposal, covering auditors, accountants and tax advisers, […]

In brief: Another writ for dissolved London firm

Bolt Burdon has issued another writ against the partners of dissolved law firm Graham Peries & Co. Hemamali Graham and Indrani Peries, who have been hit by a series of writs in recent months from former clients claiming they are owed money and passports lodged with the firm in support of visa applications, are being […]

Council 'leaves door open' for hunt bans

Cyril Dixon reports SOMERSET County Council claims it has paved the way for successful bans on hunting – despite losing its bid to prevent the Quantock Staghounds riding across its land. Leader Chris Clarke made the claim after the council finally gave up plans to take its battle with the Quantock to the House of […]

No longer quiet on the debt front

Cross-border debt recovery – is there a peace dividend for Irish lawyers? Over the past 25 years, Irish lawyers, both north and south of the border, have tended to continue with their day-to-day business without a great deal of interaction. The two business communities have tended to cater for their own and, with a few […]

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