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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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With regard to Andrew Pena’s Litigator’s View (The Lawyer, 7 October), the reason the decision in Soinco SACI & anor v Novokuznetsk Aluminium Plant & ors has received relatively little attention may well be because the appointment of a receiver by way of equitable execution over future debts is not in fact “ground breaking in […]

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Manchester commercial practice Philip Conn & Co has become the first practice to take the unusual step of setting itself up as a legal recruitment consultant. The four-partner firm is advertising itself as a “new organisation, comprising only practising solicitors” and offering to charge only 10 per cent of starting salary for placing someone – […]

Lord Irvine hints at magistrates' areas cuts

THE Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, has given a strong indication that he is preparing to halve the number of magistrates’ areas in England and Wales from 96 to 42. He told the annual general meeting of the Magistrates’ Association that such a move would correspond with the current reorganisation of the Crown Prosecution […]

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