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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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Gianni Origoni cashes in on Parmalat with €1m a month

Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners is reaping an average €1m (£656,000) a month for its role on the Parmalat administration, with overall annual legal fees expected to reach €30m (£19.7m). It is understood that the law firm, which is acting for Enrico Bondi, the Italian government’s appointed administrator on the restructuring of the debt-ridden dairy […]

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EurostarA photograph of a Eurostar train was used to illustrate an article headlined ‘Eurotunnel: Weil Gotshal in, Herbert Smith pushed aside’ (The Lawyer, 24 May). We would like to clarify that Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two wholly separate entities and that the picture was used in error. Eurotunnel is the owner and operator of the […]

Freshfields takes the tube for £30m

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer reaped almost £30m in fees advising on the three controversial London Underground public-private partnerships (PPPs), it has emerged. According to a report published by the National Audit Office today (17 June) the magic circle firm earned £29.2m in fees over a period of five years. Meanwhile, London Underground’s financial adviser PriceWaterhouseCoopers pocketed […]

B&M takes on iTunes launch for Apple

Baker & McKenzie’s (B&M) London office advised Apple on the European launch of its iTunes digital music download service, announced last week. B&M has had a stranglehold on much of Apple’s UK legal work, but recently lost out to Linklaters in Apple’s dispute with The Beatles’ record label, also named Apple. B&M partners Michael Hart and Christina […]

Eversheds’ profits exceed budget

Eversheds’ profits rose to £330,000 in 2003-04, exceeding budget by 7 per cent. Turnover rose 4 per cent from £284.9m to £296.2m. For the first time, the rise in profits will be directly reflected in bigger pay packets among all Eversheds staff. The firm’s new bonus scheme will see staff members receive at least £335 […]

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