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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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Freshfields Italy bags Italian banks’ tie-up

The Italian arm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scored a lead role on Italy’s banking mega-merger, advising San Paolo IMI on its ?64bn (£43.15bn) tie-up with Banca Intesa. The merger comes after Bank of Italy governor Mario Draghi transferred his antitrust veto to the Italian competition authorities in June, finally opening the door to consolidation […]

McDermott Germany splits over strategic differences

McDermott Will & Emery’s Munich office has suffered a four-partner exodus from its tax department. Oliver Kachele, Joachim Giehl, Marcus Roth and Claudia Sendlbeck-Schickor have all left McDermott after just 18 months with the firm, reports Juve today. The team all arrived from KPMG in early 2005. Two of the team’s associates have also left […]

BCCI and Equitable are over, but expect more drama in the new term

Joanne Harris and Ben Moshinsky round up what cases will be keeping the UK courts busy in the coming year This time last year two of the longest-running cases to have ever hit the English court system were still rumbling on, apparently with no signs of conclusion. But Equitable Life and BCCI both came to […]

IP capability high on the agenda

Other in-housers on the move included Tibco Software senior UK legal counsel Helle Jorgensen, who leaves the financial software house, which was spun out of Reuters, for US technology giant Sybase. She becomes UK general counsel. Another US company, Kraft Foods, is looking to beef up its IP capability. Kraft is following in the footsteps […]

Law Soc announces ‘soft skills’ training initiative

The Law Society is planning a training programme designed to give lawyers access to ‘soft skills’ such as leadership, team building and client presentation in an initiative that law firms hope will help them with staff retention. The project, which is in its initial stages, could see the Law Society producing bespoke training materials as […]

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