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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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Deacon petition gets thrown out

A BANKRUPTCY petition against Merseyside solicitor David Deacon has been has been rejected by the court. And now the founder of Liverpool firm Deacon Goldrein Green (DGG) has issued a writ against creditor NWS Trust for malicious presentation of the petition. Deacon, who left in 1992 when the partnership was dissolved, had argued that he […]

Top firms cash in on Barings' crash

City banking lawyers were working around the clock to advise worried institutions after the collapse of Barings, London’s oldest merchant banking group, which crashed after losing more than u700 million on derivatives contracts. Literally hundreds of City clients were clamouring for legal advice at every top law firm following the failure by the Bank of […]

Australian judge trains Scots 'devils'

AUSTRALIAN judge Mr Justice Hampel QC headed a training event for would-be members of the Scottish Bar at Edinburgh’s Faculty of Advocates. Hampel, a judge in the Victoria Supreme Court, instructed the faculty’s pupil advocates – known as “devils” – in skills including examination in chief, cross examination and speeches to judge and jury. Training […]

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