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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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DCA creates ombudsman role for judicial complaints

The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) today (29 June) announced the creation of a new ombudsman to investigate judicial complaints. An Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) is also being set up, to handle judicial discipline. The ombudsman will review the OJC’s handling of complaints about judicial conduct. The DCA has launched a recruitment campaign for […]

CC announces new three-tier lockstep

Clifford Chance has released its long-awaited lockstep review to all partners this week, with recommendations for three distinct equity ladders. The lockstep review, part of a long-running debate at the magic circle firm on profit shareout among equity partners, was launched several months ago and is being led by real estate head Cliff McAuley. As […]

ECJ makes first criminal judgment

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has broken new ground, ruling for the first time on criminal law, until now the exclusive domain of national courts within the EU. The ECJ said Italian courts had followed an EU “framework decision on the standing victims in criminal proceedings” when allowing young children to give evidence-in-chief at […]

Clifford Chance ousts Linklaters from top of deals tables

Linklaters has lost its position at the top of the European M&A league tables after figures based on value for the first half of 2005 saw the firm drop two spots. Figures released by Mergermarket saw Clifford Chance trump its magic circle competitor by jumping two spots to swap positions with Linklaters, after advising on […]

Mid-size elite dominant as magic circle bounces back

The Lawyer 50: the first full rundown of the top fifty UK firms’ financial performance on PEP and revenue This year’s provisional financial results for The Lawyer’s top 50 firms confirm the emergence of a mid-tier elite. Addleshaw Goddard, Ber-win Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clyde & Co, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Macfarlanes, SJ Berwin, led […]

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