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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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Pinsents issues diversity policy edict to suppliers

Pinsent Masons has become one of the first law firms to expand its diversity push to cover its suppliers, demanding that they conform to the firm’s own policy. The firm’s major suppliers of IT and telecoms are the first to be targeted and the firm’s chief outsourcing partner Exigent has already signed up to the […]

Simmons’ financial markets team bags two laterals

Simmons & Simmons has made two lateral hires from US firms into its financial markets team, which is expecting revenue increases of between 20 and 25 per cent on last year. Financial regulatory partner Jennifer Donohue is leaving Hogan & Hartson’s London office to join Simmons. Donohue has expertise in insurance and reinsurance, and before […]

Links and CC advise on Macquarie’s £2.5bn National Grid deal

Linklaters advised National Grid on the £2.5bn sale of its mobile mast business to Australian bank Macquarie – the owner of Britain’s second largest mast network Arqiva. The Linklaters team was led by corporate partner and co-head of Linklaters’ media & entertainment sector Roger Barron. Barron’s team worked alongside the National Grid’s in-house team led […]

BT: bringing adversaries together

British Telecom (BT) has been quietly ramping up its respected in-house team. In January it scooped David Ross, the Europe, Middle East and Africa general counsel of Orange Business Services, formerly known as Equant. The move teams Ross with Tim Cowen, the general counsel and commercial director of BT Global Services. They are former adversaries, […]

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