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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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First bar census reveals little improvement in diversity statistics

Diversity at the bar has increased only marginally over the past five years, the results of the Bar Standard Board’s first-ever census of the profession has revealed. The Bar Barometer report, which examines trends in the profession over the five years from 2005-06 to 2009-10, reveals that the proportion of self-employed female barristers has increased […]

WORKPLACE

In an environment where redundancies have become more common, employment law has been thrown into sharper focus than ever before. Both the current and previous ­governments have been pushing through changes to employment legislation, culminating in the Equality Act 2010. Unlike some legislative changes that only affect a certain sector or industry, no company can […]

COMPETITION

As perhaps should be expected in such a fast-moving industry, it has been a ­tumultuous year for mobile telecoms. Take mobile ­termination rates. These are the fees ­operators pay each other for ­terminating calls on their networks. So, for example, if an O2 customer calls a Vodafone customer, the ­customer pays his provider, O2, but […]

Regulation: Universities Superannuation Scheme

Jeremy Hill Just two years ago the investment management arm of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) had no lawyers, so the hire of general counsel Jeremy Hill was prescient, as he came on board just in time to catch the wave of regulation hitting the industry. USS is one of the UK’s largest pension schemes, […]

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Magic circle firms divided over vision for asset finance practices

Freshfields and Links shrink teams, but no U-turns at Clifford Chance or A&O. By James Swift ”There’s been a shift away from asset finance in the magic circle over the past couple of years,” says one finance partner at a City firm. “I’m told that partners there are under pressure to deliver a profit that’s […]

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