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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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Lawrence Graham posts record profits

London firm Lawrence Graham has had a record increase in profits for the last year and upped average partner pay by around 35 per cent. The firm’s turnover has grown to £49.3m from last year’s £39.7m, a 24 per cent increase. Profits have gone up by even more – the average partner now takes home […]

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Jim Diamond

At the Solicitors Costs Conference in London in November 1999, I was asked to present my views on the future of legal costs, presumably as I was a critic of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) from a legal costs perspective (The Lawyer, 10 January 1999). The panel included three judges and a past president of […]

Freshfields Amsterdam partner quits for Brussels

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s international arbitration group is to lose a leading partner from the firm’s Amsterdam office. Albert Jan van den Berg is leaving to set up his own arbitration boutique in Brussels later this year. He joined from Stibbe (then Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot) in 1999, when Freshfields set up its greenfield Dutch practice. […]

Lincoln’s Inn wins massive rate rebate

Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn are being paid tens of thousands of pounds each in rate rebates following a recent settlement which reduced rates by up to 50 per cent. After 168 appeals by the 26 chambers of Lincoln’s Inn over five years, of which 12 are outstanding, the Valuation Office Agency agreed to reduce rateable […]

Wragges increases profits by forty five per cent on last year

Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has announced record turnover figures for this financial year. The 40 per cent increase brings Wragges’ gross fees this year to £76.3m. Last year’s turnover was £54.5m with average profits per partners of £257,000. The total net profit for this year, which is yet to be finalised, is estimated to be […]

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