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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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In brief: ABTA lawyer moves to private practice

A member of the legal team of the Association of British Travels Agents has joined the specialist travel and leisure law unit at City practice Nicholson Graham & Jones. The firm says the appointment of Fergus Collins is the first time an ABTA lawyer has moved to private practice. Collins said of his move: “One […]

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Andrew Craig Larman, 44, admitted 1981, practised at material time in partnership with Williams Mann, Bristol, struck off and ordered to pay £882 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money for own purposes and those of other clients and failed to keep properly written accounts. Total claims of around £27,000 expected to […]

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